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Published December 01 2010

USHL: Force trade Allen, get Young

Having defenseman Ian Young score for him instead of against him was enough for Jason Herter to make a trade.

The Fargo Force junior hockey team acquired Young on Monday from Chicago in exchange for forward Garrett Allen.

“Our motivation was to find a defenseman that could help us get the puck up the boards and on the power play,” Herter said. “He’s a good puck mover and power-play guy.”

The 6-foot, 191-pound Young will arrive sometime this week and could play in this weekend’s two-game series against Sioux City.

Herter said the Force

(8-9-3) had been contacted by Chicago about Allen, a Denver commit.

Getting Young, a Colorado College commit, gives the Force another offensive defenseman.

Young has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) through 20 games, which made him Chicago’s third-leading scorer this season.

Only three Force players (Chad Demers, Jimmy Mullin and Tanner Kero) have more points than Young.

Adding Young could also improve the Force’s power play, which is ninth out of 16 teams in the United States Hockey League.

Finally, it gives the Force three productive offensive defenseman in Young, Brian Cooper and Dan Weissenhofer.

“We were not out to move Garrett Allen,” Herter said about the trade. “But if you can get a good player to help your team succeed, you got to make a move or else that player will be playing against you.”

Herter said Allen was upset at being traded, but there are positives that can come from it.

Allen is familiar with the Chicago area, having played midget hockey there and his family is from Delafield, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb.

The trade could also jumpstart Allen’s season, which got off to a slow start with him scoring three points – all goals – in 14 games.

But in losing Allen, the Force lose a player that can make a difference when given the chance.

Allen was one of five Force players that won a gold medal for the United States at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Penticton, B.C., a few weeks ago.

He picked up Player of the Game honors with a two-assist effort early in the tournament.

This is also the second trade between the Force and the Steel this season.

Chicago acquired defenseman and Wisconsin commit Troy Hesketh from the Force earlier this season.

“It is a part of the business where you have to give up a good player to get a good player.” Herter said about the trade. “They wanted Garrett and we feel we gave up a quality player to get another quality player at a different position.”

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