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Senators Sign Wheat King Forward

December 29, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

OTTAWA - The National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators have announced the signing of Brandon Wheat Kings' forward Ridly Greig to a 3-year entry level contract.

A native of Lethbridge, the 18-year old Greig has spent the past two seasons with the Wheat Kings and registered a major junior career-high 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) and 83 penalty minutes over 56 regular-season games during the 2019-20 campaign. A former first round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings (8th overall in 2017), he ranked third among Wheat Kings in goals, assists and points and was second in penalty minutes.

"The Wheat Kings are really happy for Ridly and his family," says Brandon general manager Darren Ritchie. "He has worked hard for this and its great to see him get rewarded for it. I know that he understands that there's more work to be done but he has to be extremely excited for this opportunity."

"Ridly plays with an edge in all facets of the game," said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He's a highly competitive centre with strong character who is difficult to play against, driven and especially motivated. We're looking forward to monitoring his development."

Selected with the Senators' third of three first-round picks (28th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft, Greig was invited to Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in mid-November but was ultimately unable to participate in this year's U-20 World Junior Championship which began on Friday in Edmonton.

Greig was one of two Wheat Kings to play in last year's Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game in Hamilton. In addition to attending this year's National Junior Selection Camp in Red Deer, Ridly helped Team Canada capture a Silver Medal at last summer's Hlinka - Gretzky Memorial Tournament. As well, he is a former Alberta Bantam and Midget Champion.

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