Bloomfield and Lemire Swapped in Trade

by Aidan Rai

The first high-profile trade of the season has occurred. The Mounties and the Raiders may not have yet taken the field for their first games of the 2019 campaign, but they have already begun making alterations to their protected lists. In a development that was finalized last week, the Raiders have acquired 18-year-old Marshall Bloomfield from the Mounties along with a 5th round pick in next year’s draft.  In exchange, the Mounties received 20-year-old Eric Lemire along with a 2nd round pick in 2020.

“There was a lefty offense situation that we were looking to address on our roster,” says Raiders coach Andrew McBride, “We hold Marshall in really high regard, and he has four years left to have a good opportunity to make an impact on the team.” McBride also expresses his admiration for Bloomfield’s ability to get to the middle of the floor and describes him as a “pure goal scorer.”

As a second-year player, Bloomfield currently leads the Junior B Tier 1 central division in points, with 30 in 7 games, as a member of the Mountain View Mavericks.  As a first-year last season with the Mavericks, Bloomfield finished off with 86 points in 20 games.  Having already practiced with the Raiders following the trade, McBride expects to have Bloomfield in the lineup following their opening weekend.

The Mounties are receiving a strong right-handed player in 4th year Eric Lemire. Mounties coach Joe Vetere says that Lemire, “brings a lot to the table offensively but also has the capacity to play defense.”  Vetere is optimistic about bringing Lemire into the fold going forward, as the added depth on the right-handed side of the floor is something that the Mounties are welcoming with open arms.

Lemire has consistently put up superstar numbers in Junior B with the Shamrocks over his first three years, and he finished last season with 86 points in 17 games. Lemire also plays collegiate lacrosse at Young Harris College in Georgia where he recently completed his freshman season.  While we can not expect Lemire to make his Mounties debut anytime soon, coach Vetere will be watching him very closely as he plays out his season with the Shamrocks: “moving forward we want him to be a Mountie so depending on how his Junior B season shapes up we will play it by ear.”

This transaction has reportedly been in the works for a while, as both Vetere and McBride described the trade as a process that required the right pieces to be in place for both squads.  Looking to the future, both teams are geared for success in the upcoming 2020 draft as the exchanging of draft picks has given the teams options to prepare for future generations of Calgary lacrosse players. As for this season, only time will tell whether this trade will impact the success of the two southern Alberta organizations who are geared up to begin their seasons tonight.