The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Selkirk Steelers remain busy through training camp, as the team has pulled the trigger on not one, but two deals over the past 48 hours. Following a number of late-offseason signings, the Steelers have added another two young studs to the ranks.
First, the team acquired 2002-born forward Graeme Patrick from the Neepawa Natives in exchange for future considerations, before picking up the MJHL playing rights to 2004-born forward Lucas Brennan and future considerations from the Steinbach Pistons for 2001-born forward Blake Burr.
Patrick, 17, is a Winnipeg product who spent the past year playing for the Natives, following a four-year AAA career within the U-14, U-15 and U-18 ranks. Beginning with the Sharks and then moving to the Bruins for his two U-18 seasons, the six-foot, 185-pound forward saw his point totals grow by the season. His first year in the MJHL included four goals, 10 points and 18 penalty minutes in Neepawa.
Brennan, 16, is a forward currently with the Bruins. After playing the 2017-18 U-14 AAA season with the Winnipeg Warriors, Brennan moved on to Churchill High School, where he put up two goals and four points in 19 games, before producing at half a point-per-game in the postseason. Last seasons saw the right-shooting forward collect nine goals, 21 points and 71 penalty minutes in 36 games for the U-17 AAA Bruins. He also earned a three-game call-up to the U-18 Bruins squad.
Burr, 19, has produced mightily in his time as a member of the Steelers, putting up 37 goals, 85 points and 77 penalty minutes in 117 contests within the MJHL. Last year saw the 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward score 28 goals and 52 points in 60 games for Selkirk. Two years back, Burr found the twine three times in just six playoff games, following his nine-goal, 33-point rookie campaign.