Early this past week, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Natives announced the signing of their recently acquired 16-year-old. Patrick, who was originally drafted 57th overall by the Winkler Flyers in the 2017 MJHL Draft, was packaged with the fourth overall pick in a deal that gave the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Carberry’s Luke Robson.
Patrick, a six-foot, 165-pound winger who spent the past two seasons in the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League with the Winnipeg Bruins, skating in 96 regular season games. He compiled 19 goals, 47 points and 98 penalty minutes over that timeframe, including a 2018-19 season that saw the Winnipegger put up 11 goals and 32 points.
Immediately after the Patrick signing, Neepawa also announced the commitment of twin brothers Cooper and Cameron Morris of Anchorage, Alaska. Cameron, 17, collected eight goals and 30 points in 17 regular season games for the AAA U-16 Alaska Oilers, while his twin Cooper also suited up for the Oilers, contributing five goals and 14 points, also in 17 games within the NAPHL.
Neepawa finished the 2018-19 MJHL season dead last, with a dismal record of 9-43-8, 12 points behind second-last place OCN Blizzard. Coming off of a -134 goal differential, the Natives will look to bounce back in the offensive department for the upcoming 2019-20 season.