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Winnipeg ICE Sign Manitoban-Made Draft Pick Geekie

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Sharla George

The Winnipeg ICE have signed prized possession Conor Geekie of Strathclair to a standard Western Hockey League player agreement.

Winnipeg ICE Sign Manitoban-Made Draft Pick Geekie

Geekie, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound, 15-year-old was the second overall pick in the WHL Bantam Draft this past May – also the second selection made by the ICE, and signed his first junior commitment this past weekend at the 2019 Winnipeg ICE Development Camp.

“This is an exciting day for Conor, his family and our organization,” said ICE President and General Manager Matt Cockell in a press release. “Conor’s commitment allows us to begin the process of implementing a development plan that will include valuable training time on and off the ice with our team next year.”

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Back in May at the bantam draft, Winnipeg chose Matthew Savoie with the first overall selection – a move that suggests the braintrust of the ICE believes they will be able to help sway the decision of both Savoie brothers (Carter, who the ICE traded for prior to the draft) to nix their verbal agreement with the NCAA’s Denver University, and play out their junior hockey careers in Manitoba. 

Winnipeg then made a deal with the Swift Current Broncos that saw the ICE acquire the third overall selection. Winnipeg traded its ninth overall and 24th overall selection in the 2019 draft along with 2020 second and fifth round selections in exchange for pick number three and 20-year-old defenceman Reece Harsch.

Immediately after that announcement, the ICE sent that third overall pick along with a 2020 third round selection to Prince George for the number two pick in the current draft. When all was said and done, Winnipeg gave up two 2019 first round picks, a 2019 second round pick, a 2020 second round pick, a 2020 third round pick and a 2020 fifth round pick for the second overall selection and a steady shutdown defenceman.

With that second overall pick, the ICE took the local, Strathclair boy Geekie. The 2022 NHL Entry Draft prospect put up 87 goals and 154 points for the Yellowhead Bantam AAA Chiefs over the past two seasons, collecting 49 goals and 86 points in 2018-19. He is the younger brother of former WHL all-star and current Calder Cup Final participant on the Charlotte Checkers, Morgan Geekie.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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