The Virden Oil Capitals made a trio of roster moves early this week. In a trade with the OCN Blizzard the Oil Caps acquired 2002 forward Jack Oleksiuk in exchange for future considerations.
Oleksiuk, from Winnipeg, has spent time with the Portage Terriers and the Winnipeg Blues and had his best season with the Blue in 2019-2020 where he put up 25 points in 58 games. He is a good skater that has the ability to score and be relied upon to help a young forward group replace the scoring lost from the graduating class in 2020-2021.
In 2 other transactions the Oil Capitals signed 2005 forward Evan Groening from Niverville, MB and 2004 forward Layton Veitch from Rivers, MB.
Groening played last season at the Rink Hockey Academy and has really worked hard over the last year. He has improved dramatically and is a great skater with good instincts and has an ability to score. He was very impressive at training camp and recently signed a WHL contract with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Oil Caps have a good one here.
Veitch is another player that has really taken strides over the last 12 months. He is a 200-foot player that works extremely hard and has good skills. He will be an asset for his ability to get on the forecheck and be a guy that can play up and down the line-up as well as kill penalties.
The Oil Caps will begin the regular season on Friday night with the Valleyview Co-op HOME OPENER against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Puck drop will be at 7:30. The FIRST 1000 fans through the door will receive a gift card courtesy of Valleyview Co-op. Doors open at 6:30, masks will be mandatory inside the facility and proof of vaccination will be scanned at the door.