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Buccaneers Acquire Urbandale Native in Trade Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012  
By: Scott Montesano

Urbandale (IA)  The Des Moines Buccaneers' announce today that they have acquired Urbandale native Willem Nong-Lambert in a trade with the Green Bay Gamblers in exchange for future considerations.

A 6'0 and 185 pound forward, Nong-Lambert is in his first United States Hockey League season and appeared in one regular season game with the Gamblers. He also participated in three games at the 2012 Fall Classic in Sioux City and registered one goal during the preseason.

"We are extremely excited to have Willem join our team" said Buccaneers' head coach and general manager Jon Rogger. "He is a big forward with a lot of offensive skill and should do very well in our arena."

 Nong-Lambert, 18,  spent all of 2010-2011 and most of 2011-2012 playing for the Russell Stover Under 18  midget program in Kansas City but also spent a portion of last season with the Topeka Roadrunners of the North American Hockey League.

Heading into this weekend the Buccaneers will have two players from Central Iowa on their roster as Nong-Lambert joins Des Moines' Patrick Grasso who is expected to make his on-ice debut against Omaha on Friday night. This marks the first time since 2008-2009 that the Buccaneers have had players with local ties on their roster.

The Buccaneers are home Friday at 7pm versus Omaha and again Saturday at 7pm against Muskegon. The first 1,000 guests in attendance on Friday will receive a magnetic schedule while on Saturday the first 1,000 guests will get an official team poster.  Saturday's game will also be followed by the first post-game skate with the players for this season.

The Des Moines Buccaneers are preparing for their 33rd consecutive season in the United States Hockey League beginning in the Fall of 2012. Since 1980, the Buccaneers have produced hundreds of NCAA Division I players and dozens of professional alumni. Season Ticket Packages and Corporate Partnership information for the 2012-2013 season is available by calling (515) 278-2827.

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