Although already a given, Strathclair’s Conor Geekie will officially be playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League to begin the 2020-21 season. On Friday, the Virden Oil Capitals announced the signings of both Geekie and Braeden Lewis to standard MJHL agreements for the coming season.
Despite two players being expected to re-join their respective Western Hockey League clubs in time for training camp in mid-November, the two youngsters will look to lead the offence in Virden for the first two months of the MJHL season, as a way to compile as much live game-action as possible during the bizarre COVID-19 pandemic-filled calendar year.
Having had his playing rights dealt from the Winnipeg Blues to Virden (the closest geographical MJHL team to his hometown) back in early-September – in exchange for 2003-born forward Charlie Kosman – the now 16-year-old Geekie has all but ensured that he will suit up for the Oil Caps this fall, as he made his intentions official in putting pen to paper on the contract.
Skating with the AAA U-18 Yellowhead Chiefs in 2019-20, Geekie collected 18 goals, 35 points and 50 penalty minutes in 26 games, before scoring once and adding two assists in four postseason matchups. In two seasons of U-15 play with the Chiefs, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound speedster amassed 87 goals and 154 points in 66 total regular season contests. Going second overall to the Winnipeg ICE at last year’s WHL Bantam Draft, Geekie suited up for seven games with the Manitoban club, getting his first taste of WHL action.
Lewis, a Virden product, has been with the Southwest Cougars for the past four years, suiting up for two seasons with the U-15 AAA program (to which he scored 38 goals and 73 points in 73 games) and another two years with the U-18 AAA Cougars (scoring 30 goals and 94 points in 91 games). The six-foot, 165-pound forward was chosen in the sixth round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft by the Swift Current Broncos.
“We are extremely fortunate to have added Braeden and Conor to our lineup to start the season,” said Oil Kings head coach and GM Tyson Ramsey. “We understand that they may not be with us if the WHL season starts but we are happy to have 2 players that will be a big part of our lineup as long as they are here. Both players are very skilled and think the game at a very high level. I really like the speed they bring and they will fit in very well with our returning group of forwards. We are excited to get the season started as they will make our team very exciting to watch.”