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Colts swing another deal with Oshawa Generals

Veteran defenceman Mathew Hill heading to Oshawa in exchange for fifth-round draft pick in 2024
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Barrie Colts defenceman Mathew Hill is shown in a file photo from Dec. 29, 2018. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The Barrie Colts and Oshawa Generals have completed their second deal in less than two weeks by trading veteran defenceman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Mathew Hill in exchange for a draft pick.

The trade was announced Tuesday afternoon and sees a fifth-round draft pick in 2024 coming back to Barrie. 

Hill, 20-year-old Oakville native who was selected 186th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft by Ducks, was originally drafted by the Colts 61st overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He has played his entire Ontario Hockey League career in Barrie.

During his time with the Colts, the six-foot-three blue-liner has played in 158 games and recorded 25 points.

“We would like to say thank you to Mathew and his family for his four years here in Barrie," Colts head coach and general manager Marty Williamson said on the team's website. "Mathew came in as a young 16-year-old player and is leaving us a 20-year-old mature player.

"It’s always tough saying goodbye to a veteran player like Mathew, but we wish him nothing but the best for him in Oshawa," Williamson added. 

This deal comes of the heels of an Oct. 1 trade that saw the Colts acquire 19-year-old goaltender Matthew Sbrocca from the Generals in exchange for defensive prospect Thomas Stewart.

The Barrie Colts sit last in the Central Division with a record of 0-1-1 following a 4-1 loss to the Niagara IceDogs to open the OHL season and a 5-4 overtime loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Colts are back in action on Thursday night when they host the Soo Greyhounds at Sadlon Arena in a 7:30 p.m. start.