By Kirk Penton
The Winnipeg Sun
The top two snipers in the upcoming Manitoba Moose-Hamilton Bulldogs series have some history.
Manitoba’s Jason Jaffray, who was named First Team All-ECHL and to the ECHL All-Rookie Team while also being voted ECHL Rookie of the Year in 2003-04, and Hamilton’s Duncan Milroy were traded for each other in a December 2001 WHL trade. The Kootenay Ice sent Jaffray, Jeff Harvey, Nesbitt’s Aaron Rome and a draft choice to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for Milroy, B.J. Boxma and a pick.
What happened next still eats at Jaffray, who was voted as a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004.
“I was captain of that team, I got traded at Christmas, they ended up winning the Memorial Cup, and he was MVP of the playoffs,” Jaffray said. “So it was a little tough to swallow knowing that could have been me.”
The best part for Jaffray was going back to Kootenay’s charity golf tournaments in the summer and seeing Milroy flashing his bling. And don’t think Milroy didn’t forget who was involved in the trade.
“We joke about it, and he gives me a hard time,” Jaffray said. “But he’s a good guy that I’ll definitely talk to throughout the series.”