BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces have acquired forward Lucas Breault and defenseman Corson Green from the Sioux Falls Stampede.
In the transaction with the Stampede, the Flying Aces traded forward Marko Reifenberger and a pair of Phase II picks in the 2018 USHL Draft, a second-round selection and a seventh-round selection.
A University of New Hampshire commit, Green aided the Chicago Steel on their run to the Clark Cup last season and will help bolster the Flying Aces depth defensively. In 19 games for the Stampede this season, Green posted a goal and four points. The Potsdam, New York, native registered 15 points in 48 games for the Steel last season and added another three points in 14 playoff games.
In his first season in the United States Hockey League, Breault has tabbed six points in 24 games. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Breault is committed to Union College. He played in 98 games for the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League over the past two seasons and registered 21 goals and 61 points. Sioux Falls drafted the 5-foot-10, 161-pound center with the 29th overall pick in the second round of the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft.
With the addition of Green and Breault, the Flying Aces now have 21 players on the current roster with an NCAA Division I commitment.
The Flying Aces return to action over the New Year’s weekend with four games in five days. That stretch starts on Dec. 29 with a home matchup against the Des Moines Buccaneers at Grossinger Motors Arena. That night is also Star Wars Night and will feature a light sword giveaway for the first 500 fans 12 and younger, a Flying Aces winter scarf giveaway for the first 1,000 fans and Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion – Midwest Garrison.
Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit flyingaceshockey.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.