It's now a certainty. With the exception of second-year returnee Tyler Bryson, St. Marys Lincolns will have a brand new defensive corps to start the 2009-10 Western Ontario Hockey Conference season.Last Wednesday night, Lincs' GM Warren Nye completed the Brett Petrie trade to WOHC rival London Nationals. In return, Lincolns receive big left winger Ian McIntosh, 19, and the playing rights to defenceman Rob Brock, 18, and centre Ryan Davidson, 16. All three are London area residents.Both McIntosh and Brock attended Lincs' two-day mini-camp in late July.Davidson is a fifth-round draft pick of the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs, but has decided to take the "school route," Nye says, and "will most likely" sign with St. Marys.All three were at the opening of Lincolns' camp Sunday."Ryan's comparable to a (former high-scoring Lincolns' centre) Mike McLaughlin," the GM added.McLaughlin, from Seaforth, is now on a scholarship at Northeastern University in Boston. The Seaforth native played three seasons with the Lincs (2004-07).Petrie had requested a trade earlier in the summer, after his dad Paul'a Lincolns' assistant coach for seven seasons'was fired in late April.Nye said the Lincs thank Brett Petrie for his six seasons of service to the hockey club. "He was a good team leader over the years, and we wish him all the best with London," he said.Petrie, who was a Lincolns' co-captain last season, was named Lincs' most valuable player at the team awards banquet, as well as most dedicated player in 2008-09.The veteran defenceman, who turns 20 in November, holds the Lincolns' regular-season record of 220 games played. He needs 33 more games to set a new all-time WOHC record for regular-season games played.On Monday night, Petrie said he was "excited" to be joining the Nationals."I know a couple of guys on the team already, and I've played against a lot of (the Nationals)," he said. "I'm just excited to go."It's a new experience, and I hope I chose the right team."Petrie also has fond memories when he looks back on his six years with the Lincs."It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot of stuff, too, from the coaches," he said. "It was awesome."Smith a new Siskin?In other Lincolns' news, defenceman Reuben Smith appears headed to the Waterloo Siskins of the Midwestern Jr. B Conference."Reuben has been accepted at Wilfrid Laurier University (in Waterloo), and I'm currently in the process of working out a deal with Waterloo Siskins," Nye told the Journal Argus last Thursday."If things work out, we should have 2-for-1 deal with Waterloo." Both players coming from the Siskins are apparently defencemen.The 19-year-old Smith played two seasons with the Lincs. He played some of his best hockey with team in St. Marys' 14 playoff games last spring.At the team awards banquet, Smith was named Lincolns' top defenceman, their MVP in the playoffs, and also picked up the team's Fan Appreciation Award.Two more defencemen, who won't be back with the Lincs, are Tim Bilcke, 20, and Brad Gerein, 19.The rugged Bilcke, after three years in St. Marys, is returning home to Exeter to play for the Hawks of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Lincolns and Hawks are affiliating this season.Gerein, an American, is returning to Ohio to play Junior hockey there. The defensive-minded Gerein played two seasons with the green, white and blue.Junior hockey notebook:'Lincolns could possibly hold a green-and-white game tonight (Aug. 19), starting at approximately 7 p.m. It was not confirmed at press time.The team's first two pre-season games are this weekend against Stratford Cullitons. The first game is Friday at Stratford's Allman Arena, and the two teams have a rematch the next night in St. Marys. Both contests start at 7:30 p.m.'Warren Nye reports that St. Marys minor hockey product Dean Klomp is headed to Lindsay Muskies of the Provincial Tier II Jr. A League. Their camp starts this Saturday.Klomp, a 17-year-old forward, played 25 games'including playoffs'for the Lincs last season. He was also a member of the Huron-Perth ‘AAA' Major Midget Lakers.'London Knights' coach Dale Hunter told the Journal Argus last Friday that Colin Martin will make the Ontario Hockey League team.Hunter said the big winger, who led Lincs in scoring last season with 65 points, could play on the second, third or fourth lines with the Knights. "A lot depends on who comes back from the pro camps," Hunter said.'According to a London Free Press story last week, St. Thomas Stars have 11 players signed, including former NHLer Reg Thomas's sons Dylan and Blake, returning captain Brad Martin, starting goalie Jared Richmond, and high-scoring forward Jeff Tervit.--Former St. Marys goalie Kyle Brodhagen is returning to Mitchell Jr. C Hawks for his final season of Junior hockey.