News: Spirit acquire Duhart, five draft picks from Barrie

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SAGINAW, MI. – On Saturday, Saginaw Spirit General Manager announced a trade involving the Spirit and the Barrie Colts. In the deal, Saginaw has acquired left wing Dalton Duhart, a second round pick in 2020 (OSH), a second round pick in 2024 (KGN), a third round pick in 2021 (SSM), a third round pick in 2022 (OS), and a fifth round pick in 2023 (BAR) in exchange for left wing Nicholas Porco and defenseman Ian Lemieux.

Duhart, 18, comes to the Spirit by way of the Barrie Colts, where he spent parts of two seasons. Originally drafted by the London Knights in the third round, 47th overall, in the 2017 Priority Selection, the Grand Blanc, Michigan native was shipped to the Colts in December of 2018. The Belle Tire graduate has appeared in 111 career OHL games, scoring 14 goals and adding 16 assists.

Nicholas Porco’s tenure as a Spirit concludes playing in 158 games including 20 playoff games. The former fourth overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection scored 33 goals and 33 assists over his Spirit career. Porco was selected in the fifth round, 142nd overall, by the Dallas Stars in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Ian Lemieux saw his first Spirit action in a mid-season call-up last year, where he finished the year with 19 regular season games under his belt. Lemieux also appeared in eight playoff games last year, posting a +/- rating of plus-two. Lemieux was selected by the Spirit in the sixth round, 105th overall, of the 2018 Priority Selection. Lemieux’s Spirit career spanned 33 games, scoring one assist.

Dalton’s father Jim played 27 games for the Saginaw Lumber Kings in the Colonial Hockey League during the 1996-97 season. Duhart’s 478 points in a Flint Generals uniform ranks him fourth all-time in the 40-year existence of the Flint Generals. His 470 games were the most played by any player in Generals history.

The Spirit hope to see Duhart make his debut Sunday evening when the Spirit play host to the Soo Greyhounds. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at The Dow Event Center.

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