Storm acquire draft picks from Petes

Jun 08, 2012 - 05:30 EDT

The Guelph Storm Hockey Club has announced that they have acquired a 2nd round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and a 3rd round selection in 2015 from the Peterborough Petes in exchange for forward Francis Menard.

“The decision to move Francis to the Peterborough Petes was a difficult one, as Francis has been a leader and key contributor the Storm both on and off the ice”, Storm GM Mike Kelly said.  “In looking at our depth chart we felt we had 9 or 10 forwards, including Francis, who had the potential to play in our top 2 lines. To assure sufficient playing time for some of our younger forwards we felt we had to create some playing opportunities for them. The opportunity for Francis to finish his junior career closer to his Ottawa area home, and to give him adequate time to transfer from the University of Guelph to Trent University, were important factors in our decision.  The Storm organization would like to thank Francis for his hard work, sacrifice and commitment over the past 3 years, and we wish him every success with the Petes and his hockey future hockey and academic endeavors.”

Menard was drafted by the Storm in the 6th round of the 2008 Priority Selection. The Embrun native recorded a total of 106 points, 42 goals and 64 assists, in three seasons with the Storm. The 2011-2012 season was his career best finishing second on the Storm with 60 points.

Francis Menard
Pos: C        Height: 6.00
Weight: 186
Birthdate: March 2nd, 1992
Birthplace: Embrun, ON