Virden, MB– This afternoon, Head Coach and General Manager Tyson Ramsey announced that the club has signed forwards Braeden Lewis and Conor Geekie.
Lewis is a Virden native and was selected in the 6th round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft by the Swift Current Broncos. He has played the last four seasons in a Southwest Cougars uniform, two at the AAA U15 level (63GP 38G 35A 73PTS) and two at the AAA U18 level (91GP 30G 64A 94PTS). Lewis also served as team captain for the U18 Cougars in his last season. The 6′, 160 lb forward was auto-protected by the Oil Capitals ahead of the 2018 MJHL Bantam Draft. This is a
Geekie, a Strathclair, MB native and the younger brother of Morgan Geekie who spent parts of this last season with the Carolina Hurricanes in the National Hockey League, played last season with the AAA U18 Yellowhead Chiefs and finished the season with 35 points in 26 games. A year prior, he played in the AAA U15 program in Yellowhead and racked up 154 points in 66 games (87G 67A). Geekie was drafted second overall in the last years WHL Bantam Draft by the Winnipeg ICE and got into one game this past season at the WHL level. Geekie also represented Team Manitoba at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The 6’3″,170lb forward collected five points in six games.
Both Lewis and Geekie play the game at a high level and will play a big role in the Oil Caps offense this upcoming season.
Head Coach and GM Tyson Ramsey was very excited to add such highly skilled players to the lineup. “We are extremely fortunate to have added Braeden and Conor to our lineup to start the season. 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.”, said Ramsey. “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.”
A reminder that the Valleyview Co-op Home Opener is October 9th against the Portage Terriers, with puckdrop at 7:30 pm. Just a reminder to fans that only season ticket holders will be allowed to attend regular season games.