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Heartlanders make 1st trade in team history, acquiring forward Jonathan Desbiens

Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders executed the first trade in team history Monday, acquiring forward Jonathan Desbiens from the Maine Mariners in exchange for future considerations.

Desbiens (pronounced: DAY-bee-en) played one game for Maine, ECHL affiliates of the Boston Bruins.  He signed an ECHL contract with the Mariners this summer.

The 25-year-old skated for Bentley University from 2016-20 and scored 102 points (49g) in 139 career games. He was tied for the team lead in points as a senior in 2019-20 (30 pts.).

The Heartlanders return home to Xtream Arena for a pair of games Fri., Nov. 12 vs. Indy at 7:00 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 14 vs. Kalamazoo at 3:00 p.m. Season ticket memberships, group tickets, mini-plans, flex vouchers and single-game tickets are available for the Heartlanders inaugural season by calling 319-569-GOAL and visiting

Iowa takes to the road for three games in three days this week, opposing the Cincinnati Cylcones on Nov. 4 at 6:35 p.m., the Indy Fuel on Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. and the Cyclones again Nov. 6 at 7:35 p.m. Catch all Heartlanders games at, presented by The Minor League Sports Report and on