Trail Smoke Eaters: Mellor rights traded to Vees

Trail Smoke Eaters trade Sam Mellor to Penticton Vees.

The Trail Smoke Eaters continue to deal in the heat of summer as the team completed a trade with the Penticton Vees involving three players Tuesday.

Trail traded the rights to 20-year-old forward Sam Mellor to the Vees in exchange for two other 20-year-old players forward Alex Holland and defenseman Djordje Leposavic and future considerations.

Mellor, a native of Cranbrook, BC, scored 130 points in two BCHL seasons with Trail but played last season at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Holland, a 5-foot-11 forward from Woburn, Mass., is coming off a rookie BCHL season in which he tallied 17 goals and 34 points with the Victoria Grizzlies. Holland has committed to NCAA Division I Merrimack University for the 2013-14 season.

Leposavic, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound defenseman from New Westminster, BC, spent last season with the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s North Bay Trappers, scoring 32 points (9-23) during the regular season and adding 10 more (3-7) in 16 playoff games. He was named to the NOJHL’s Second All-Star Team.