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January 7, 2014

Tomahawks swap Mullan for forward

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks announced Tuesday the NAHL team acquired forward Tanner Barnes and other considerations from the Wenatchee Wild for veteran forward Omar Mullan.

Barnes, a 6-foot-1 native of Burnsville, Minn., had scored five goals and six assists with 30 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Wild this season. He also played in four games with the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill at the start of this season.

Mullan, originally acquired via trade on Sept. 25, had scored seven goals and 10 assists with 40 penalty minutes in 29 games with Johnstown.

A three-year NAHL veteran and Robertson Cup winner, Mullan’s junior eligibility will expire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NAHL season.

 “This is a move that is the best interest of both parties,” Tomahawks General Manager Rick Boyd said. “We felt we have such a strong group of leaders here already that allowed us to make a move.”

Barnes is a two-way forward with speed and skill. During two games playing against Johnstown at the War Memorial on Nov. 15-16, Barnes scored two goals and four assists for the Wild.

 “He’s a player who already has some D-I interest, and we will have one more year of eligibility for him,” Boyd said.

 Johnstown also receives cash and a tender in the trade, bringing their total number of tenders for the 2014-15 season to 13.

Tenders may be used to secure prospect commitments or can be traded to bolster the roster for a deep playoff run. The Tomahawks already have five tendered players signed for next season.

 Boyd said the Tomahawks will continue to help Mullan seek an NCAA scholarship if possible.

 “We couldn’t be more pleased with the effort Omar brought to our team or the way he fit into our community,” Boyd said. “We wish him all the best.”

 Barnes is expected to be in the line-up Friday night when Johnstown (21-14-2) travels to Springfield (16-15-4) to take on the Junior Blues at 7:05 p.m. 

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