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Rivalry Renewed: Wheat Kings Acquire Riley Ginnell

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Allen Douglas

The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced the acquisition of forward Riley Ginnell from the Kamloops Blazers for a 2021 sixth round pick.

Rivalry Renewed: Wheat Kings Acquire Riley Ginnell

If the Lambos brother connection wasn’t already enough, another family battle is just beginning within Manitoba. For those Winnipeg ICE fans familiar with the ‘Ginnell’ name, Riley is indeed the younger brother of ICE centreman Brad Ginnell. Brad has spent the past three seasons playing in the WHL, most notably for the ICE since the midway point of the 2017-18 season.

Riley Ginnell is a 16-year-old left winger who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 185 pounds. He has yet to play a regular season game in the WHL, but should get his shot with the Wheat Kings. Ginnell collected a goal and four points in six preseason games with the Blazers in early September. Growing up in Calgary, AB., the big forward spent his AAA years with the Calgary Royals and the CRAA Blue bantam, minor midget and midget programs. 

“We are happy to acquire Riley from Kamloops,” said Wheat Kings GM Darren Ritchie in a team-issued press release. “He’s a smart player with good skill. He will be a good addition to our forward group.”

Most recently, Ginnell played out the 2018-19 season with Edge School Prep in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, where he collected 10 goals, 19 points and 38 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games, before adding an assist in three postseason contests. Originally drafted 151st overall in the seventh round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Ginnell signed his standard player agreement with the Blazers in early September of 2017.

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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