The Oil Caps are excited to announce that they have signed 2002 F Bryden Kiesman and 2000 D Preston Stafford ahead of training camp at the end of August.
Kiesman, from Winnipeg, MB was listed by the Oil Caps following the 2017 MJHL draft and spent last season with the Winnipeg Bruins of the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League. The smooth skating forward played in 45 regular season games for the Bruins and had 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points in his rookie season with the Bruins. Kiesman also had 3 points in 4 playoff games as the Bruins lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Winnipeg Wild.
Oil Caps Head Coach and GM Tyson Ramsey is excited to add Kiesman to the roster,
“In Bryden we get a guy that can play the game at high pace. He has improved all aspects of his game in the last year and we were really impressed with him at our spring camp. Bryden is an elite skater and we feel like he is ready to take the next step and play junior hockey. We feel he will become another offensive threat in our lineup who can put pressure on the oppositions defence and create scoring chances with his speed and skill. We are really excited to welcome Bryden and his family to our organization!”
Bryden is also very excited to be joining the Oil Caps,
“This was a huge goal for me to sign with the Virden Oil Capitals. I am very pleased with what a tremendous, first class organization Virden has formed and I would like to thank them for giving me an opportunity like this. I can’t wait to see what the future will hold for me as an Oil Cap!”
The Oil Caps have also inked defenceman Preston Stafford from Phoenix, AZ. Stafford spent last season playing for the prestigious Compuware 18U program in Michigan where he had 2 goals and 2 assists in 20 games. He also appeared in 3 games for the Jamestown Rebels in the North American Hockey League.
“We are really excited to get Preston up to Virden and on the ice with our returning group. He is a good puck mover who moves his feet well on the offensive blue and also defends hard in his own end of the rink. We feel like he will compliment our strong group of returning defencemen and be a guy that can play in all situations. We would like to welcome Preston and his family to the Oil Caps organization!”, said Oil Caps Head Coach and GM Tyson Ramsey.
Stafford had this to say,
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Oil Capitals organization! I can’t wait to get started and look forward to the upcoming season. I’m proud to be an Oil Capital and look forward to the future!”
The Virden Oil Capitals would like to take this opportunity to welcome Bryden and Preston to the organization!!
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