The summer of 2021 will long go down as one of the wildest ever for Strathclair, Manitoba’s Morgan Geekie.
Living with relatives in Winnipeg from Monday to Friday, the 23-year-old trains with a group of fellow Manitoban NHLers at The RINK on a daily basis. His weekends involve driving back and forth to his hometown of Strathclair – situated three hours west of Winnipeg – and Hamiota, the community to which his fiancé Emma resides.
Luckily for the born and raised country boy, Hamiota is just a 30-minute jaunt from his family’s humble abode.
Geekie, who actually just turned 23 on Tuesday, is excited to begin the next chapter of his life as a husband. Morgan and Emma will tie the knot at an outdoor gathering on August 6 in rural Manitoba. Although gifted as an athlete on the ice, Geekie certainly knows his role in wedding prep.
“Emma has basically got most of the logistics down, so I’m just kind of there for the moral support,” he laughed. “I just fill in where I can and stay out of her way.”
Helping the soon-to-be newlyweds is the fact that Manitoba’s Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin recently altered the restrictions on public gatherings, with attention to that of numbers regarding attendance at weddings.
“They actually just announced a couple of days ago how they would increase some of the limitations and loosen the restrictions,” Geekie told Game On. “It’ll all be held outside anyway, so it’s nice to just have a bit of a cushion. It’s pretty small but the added few guests that we can have will be nice.”
Until mid-July, all the lovebird could think about was the coming wedding in honour of the past seven years with the love of his life. And then he received a call from his agent, Judd Moldaver (Wasserman Hockey) that his Carolina Hurricanes had come to an agreement what they believed was a fair contract for 2021-22. The two sides went back and forth, and then on July 16 the deal was announced.
“My agent did a great job,” Geekie said. “They’ve got a lot on their plate this year, Carolina. So it wasn’t a super long process, but it definitely took a little bit of time. We weren’t really in a rush, and neither were they, but fortunately we got it all worked out. There has been a lot going on this summer with the Expansion Draft, and the Canes had a lot of big-name guys out there, but it was really nice to get it done.”
However, in signing Geekie, Carolina knew that the young forward would become eligible to be selected by the incoming Seattle Kraken at the Expansion Draft on Wednesday evening. And thanks to his sensational start as a pro, Geekie’s name was the one that drew the interest of Kraken GM Ron Francis.
Strathclair Manitoba's Morgan Geekie shared a unique perspective with me on the possibility of being chosen by the Seattle Kraken:
"At the end of the day, it’s an extra 25+ jobs for guys in the league. So any time you can add some more jobs, it’s more opportunity for everybody."
— Carter Brooks (@CBrooksie84) July 21, 2021
“It’s tough to kind of gauge what’s going on,” Geekie said of Wednesday’s Expansion Draft. “But at the end of the day, it’s an extra 25-some-odd jobs for guys in the league, so any time you can add some more jobs, it’s more opportunity for everybody. However that ends up helping you out, it’s always for the better.”
Geekie will now officially own one of those 25-some-odd jobs that were created for the players belonging to the Kraken. Alongside former Florida Panthers netminder Chris Driedger, Geekie will be one of two Manitobans on the Kraken roster come puck drop on the 2021-22 season.
Although hoping to celebrate their marriage in the coming weeks, Morgan and Emma will likely string together somewhat of an unconventional honeymoon following their forthcoming nuptials.
“It’s definitely been pretty stressful as you really don’t know what’s going to happen next,” he said. “But to have it all kind of set in stone now is really good and we can go from there. We might have to put a little hold on the honeymoon, but I am sure we can find something to do somewhere along the line. Maybe we’ll see if we can head south a little early and hopefully find something to do down there for a little bit.”
Selected 67th in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Geekie put up three points in his NHL debut, and followed that up with another goal for four points in just two games of the 2019-20 season. He put up 22 goals and 42 points in the AHL for the Charlotte Checkers that year, before sticking with Carolina for the majority of the 2020-21 shortened season.
Geekie scored three goals and put up six assists for nine points to go alongside 10 penalty minutes in 36 contests with Carolina this past year. And for good measure, he also put up four goals and five points during a two-game stint with the Chicago Wolves during a short period of time in the ‘A’
Prior to being drafted to Carolina, Geekie made a name for himself as a member of the AAA U-15 and U-18 Yellowhead Chiefs, before going on to suit up for the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans for three full seasons, to which he accrued 95 goals and 227 points in 224 total games from 2015-18.