This past week, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s OCN Blizzard signed two players and closed the book on two separate trades – one involving the ‘future considerations’ attribute. The team came to terms on deals with defenceman Kieran Cooke and forward Aaron Lorenz, shortly after finalizing trades with the Winnipeg Blues and Virden Oil Capitals.
The Blizzard acquired 17-year-old defenceman William Irvine, a 2021 fourth round draft pick and future considerations from the Winnipeg Blues, in exchange for forwards Jack Kaiser and Keilan Holland. And with the early-June deadline of completing pending trades nearing its time, OCN later gained forward Michael Hlady following a January 2020 deal with Virden. The club then signed Cooke and Lorentz to standard agreements.
Irvine, of Morden, spent the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons out west with the Pacific Coast Academy Bantam Prep and Elite 15 teams, before playing out the 2019-20 season with the Pembina Valley Hawks AAA Midget program. Back home, Irvine produced at over a point-per-game, registering 16 goals 52 points and 91 penalty minutes in 42 league games.
Hlady, 17, played alongside Irvine in 2019-20. The Clearwater, MB. product has spent the past four seasons with the Pembina Valley Hawks, racking up 59 goals, 118 points and 102 penalty minutes in 134 total regular season games. Last season saw Hlady also earn 52 points, by way of 27 goals.
Cooke, 17, spent the past three seasons playing defence for RHA of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. In 103 total regular season games, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound blueliner had nine goals, 40 points and 26 penalty minutes. The Winnipeg product also earned his first taste of MJHL action, suiting up for six games with the Blizzard, earning a goal, an assist an a minor penalty.
Lorenz, of Saskatoon, played the last two seasons with Beardy’s Blackhawks, where he put up 19 goals, 32 points and 57 penalty minutes in 79 total regular season games. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound, 18-year-old will look to fill a void as a right-shooting forward for the Blizzard in 2020-21.