Hore takes great pride in defensive game

Graeme Hore

Graeme Hore has made a name for himself in the MJHL as a defensive-minded forward since he came into the league a few years ago.

“I like to take pride in being a two-way player,” said the 20-year-old Wawanesa product who was acquired by the Oil Caps from the Dauphin Kings back in September. “I don’t bring as much offence but I just try and make sure that the job is done in the defensive zone and we’re not getting scored on.”

Described as a real 200-foot player by head coach and GM Troy Leslie, Hore has been a staple in the Oil Caps lineup each night and his special teams prowess is evident as he’s one of just five players on the team with a shorthanded goal this season.

“I really enjoy it here,” Hore said of his time spent in Virden. “Just the change of scenery – I liked Dauphin as well – but it’s nice to come to a team where I know lots of the guys beforehand. It’s a great small community with great fans.”

Born in Dundas, Ont., Hore and his family wound up moving to Manitoba, spending time in both Winnipeg and Brandon before settling in Wawanesa. A middle child, Hore’s two sisters are both into riding horses.

“I like something that has a motor instead of a horse,” responded Hore when asked why he’s not into horseback riding like his siblings.

Hore says his transition to Virden was made easier due to the fact his billet is Curtis Plett, who also has Wawanesa ties.

“It made for a pretty easy transition,” Hore added.

During the off-season, when he’s not hunting or fishing, Hore works at an apiary. After this season is over, he plans on going to school where he intends on taking agri-business. Hore’s older sister took the course and his father is also actively involved in the agriculture scene.

As of Feb. 20, Hore has 13 goals and 33 points in 55 games with the Oil Capitals.