OMAHA, NE – The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) are pleased to announce they have acquired third-year veteran defenseman Nolan Zajac today in a trade with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. In exchange, Cedar Rapids receives second-year Lancers defenseman Nathan Widman.
“This was a very difficult deal,” Head Coach/GM Bliss Littler said. “Cedar Rapids was looking for a defensive-minded defenseman and we were looking for someone who could provide more scoring. We’re incredibly excited to bring Nolan into the mix here in Omaha and wish Nathan nothing but continued success.”
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Zajac has tallied 42 points (three goals, 39 assists) in 101 career games in the USHL. The 5-10, 181 pound defenseman has recorded one assist in seven games this season to go along with six penalty minutes and a +5 +/- rating. Committed to the University of Denver, Zajac finished seventh among all RoughRiders in scoring last season with 30 points (three goals, 27 assists) and was the second highest returning scorer in Cedar Rapids this season. During this USHL rookie campaign back in 2009-2010, Zajac tallied 11 points (11 assists) in 49 games.
Zajac was originally selected 12th overall (Round 1) by Cedar Rapids in the 2009 USHL Entry Draft. Before entering the USHL, Zajac spent the 2008-2009 season with the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. Nolan is the younger brother of New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac.