TRADE ALERT: COBOURG NISSAN KODIAKS and SIX NATIONS CHIEFS
The Cobourg Nissan Kodiaks have traded Broedie Birkhof and a 3rd round draft pick in the 2020 MSL Entry Draft to the Six Nations Chiefs. Birkhof previously spent 2 seasons with the Kodiaks and led the league in penalty minutes both seasons. Birkhof missed the 2018 season due to work commitments. In return, the Kodiaks receive veteran player David Brock and multi sport athlete Paxton Leroux.
Standing 6’4” and weighing 225 lbs, 32-year-old David Brock is currently playing in his 9th National Lacrosse League season. He spent 5 seasons with the Buffalo Bandits prior to being traded to the New England Black Wolves. In Major Series Lacrosse, Brock spent the past 6 seasons with the Six Nations Chiefs. Prior to that, he spent parts of 5 seasons with the Kitchener Waterloo Kodiaks. Cobourg General Manager John Webb feels that Brock will add leadership to a very young skilled defensive unit. "Dave is a big, athletic defender and brings 9 years of NLL experience."
From his perspective, Dave Brock responded to the trade stating, "I'm excited to join the Kodiaks. They have a young skilled group and I think I can add some experience to help them make the playoffs. I'm only 32 years old and I still have some miles left in me".
Cobourg also receives another defender in the trade. Paxton Leroux, a Peterborough native, who has been playing professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League for Witchita and Quad City. Leroux has made the switch back to lacrosse in hopes of playing professionally. Leroux signed a one-year contract with the Rochester Knighthawks in 2018 but was released after training camp. Leroux also played Jr “A” lacrosse for the Peterborough Lakers. At the same time, he played in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers.
Kodiaks’ GM John Webb feels that Leroux will make it more difficult for opposing teams to get inside as he assessed the 25-year-old 6’4”, 215 lb defender noting " Paxton has great size and is tough as nails. He brings that toughness and physicality that makes players cringe when thinking about going to the net."
From his perspective Paxton Leroux welcomes the chance to play in Major Series Lacrosse commenting, "I can't wait to get going! I quit playing pro hockey to concentrate on lacrosse so this opportunity is huge for me to show I can contribute at this level. The Kodiaks are an up and coming team so I'm excited to get started".
The Kodiaks led the MSL in 2018 in goals against - averaging 11.8 goals against per game. The addition of two large and talented defenders such as David Brock and Paxton Leroux could help reduce that number.
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