Panthers make a number of roster moves

The Port Moody Panthers made a number of roster moves over the last week as the 2022 junior hockey trade and release deadline passed on Jan. 10 at 4 pm.

The Panthers acquired 2003-born defenseman Kamren Kooner from the Langley Trappers in exchange for 2004-born defenseman Ryan Tong and future considerations.

Tong has since committed to the Langley Rivermen of the BC Hockey League for the 2022-23 season. He is the first player to play with the Panthers this season to make a commitment to a higher level of hockey for next season.

Kooner, a Langley, BC product, had two assists in 15 games with the Trappers this season. He also got into two games with Langley during the 2020-21 PJHL season.

Port Moody acquired 2003-born forward Conner Nelles from the Chilliwack Jets in exchange for future considerations. Nelles also hails from Langley, BC. He had three assists in 18 games this season split between the Jets, Trappers, and Chase Heat of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Panthers also signed 2004-born forward Jobey Pearson of North Vancouver, BC as a free agent. Pearson played 32 games this season for his hometown Wolf Pack, tallying nine goals and 13 points. He made his PJHL debut in 2020-21, playing four games with North Van.

Port Moody has also added 2004-born defenseman Matthew Shung to its blueline as a free agent. The Burnaby, BC product played 28 games with the North Vancouver Wolf Pack this season, posting a goal and seven assists.

Kooner, Nelles, and Pearson made their Panthers debut on Tuesday against North Van while Shung is expected to play his first game for Port Moody on Saturday against Grandview.