Brandon, Man. – Brandon Wheat Kings’ general manager Grant Armstrong announced Wednesday that highly-touted prospect Ridly Greig had signed a Standard Western Hockey League Player Agreement with the club.
The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Lethbridge, Alta forward was Brandon’s first pick, eighth overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Currently a member of the Lethbridge AAA Midget Hurricanes, Greig is off to a terrific start this season, averaging more than a point-per-game. In thirteen games with the AAA ‘Canes, he has 17 points (6G-11A). As well, he scored two goals and three points while skating with Team Alberta at last month’s WHL Cup in Calgary, winning silver.
During the 2016-17 season, Greig scored 71 points (22G-49A) in 35 games for the Bantam AAA Golden Hawks. His 49 assists led the league. He also added and 18 points (10G-8A) in 13 Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League playoff games.
“We are very happy that Ridly and his family have chosen Brandon and the Wheat Kings,” said Armstrong. “He’s a quality player and he’s a quality young man. He comes from a really good family and we’re excited to have him part of the organization.”
“Ridly plays the game the right way,” Armstrong went on to say. “He’s a very intelligent player that makes players around him better. We know he’s going to work hard to prepare himself to be a valuable member of the Wheat Kings.”
During his two years of bantam hockey with the Hawks, Ridly scored 113 points (35G-78A) in 71 regular season games.
The 15-year old center is expected to join the Wheat Kings during the club’s extended road trip next week in Alberta.
He’s scheduled to make his WHL debut on Tuesday night when the Wheat Kings face off against the Rebels in Red Deer.
The Wheat Kings, who don’t play at home until Wednesday, December 6th, will kick off a six-game road trip this weekend with games against the Blades and Broncos in Saskatoon and Swift Current respectively.