The Selkirk Steelers have acquired Tristan Thompson from the Virden Oil Capitals. No, no… not that Tristan Thompson! As interesting as it would have been to see the Steelers acquire a 29-year-old Canadian basketball player from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the deal would have made no sense from either organization. What would an NBA team want with 2004-born Jackson Sirrell and a 2021 third round selection in next year’s MJHL Bantam Draft?
All kidding aside, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Oil Caps have moved the 19-year-old forward Thompson to the Steelers in exchange for fellow Winnipegger Jackson Sirrell (16 years old) and the aforementioned mid-round draft pick.
Selkirk, which gains a veteran forward presence from this deal, had recently been on the other side of the spectrum in having dealt away older players in exchange for younger talent the past number of weeks. Adding Thompson to the mix should provide the team with some depth scoring, while bolstering its dressing room with the former AAA star’s leadership qualities.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Thompson played three seasons of AAA minor hockey for the Winnipeg Monarchs (84 goals, 153 points, 44 penalty minutes in 99 combined games) before suiting up for the AAA U-18 Wild in 2017-18 where he produced at over a point-per-game rate. The past two years saw Thompson skate with the Oil Caps. He put up 25 goals, 44 points and 46 penalty minutes in 112 regular season games with Virden.
Heading the other way from Selkirk is 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward Sirrell. Two seasons with the Winnipeg Sharks’ U-14 and U-15 clubs prepared the Winnipeg product for U-18 play with the Winnipeg Bruins last year. In 103 total AAA gams, Sirrell has 20 goals, 48 points and 68 penalty minutes. He collected five goals, nine points and 32 penalty minutes in 43 games for the Bruins in 2019-20.