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Wheat Kings Acquire Ginnell from Blazers

September 17, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Brandon, MB. - The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings have announced the acquisition of 17-year old left-winger Riley Ginnell from the Kamloops Blazers.

In exchange for the 6'3" 185 lb rookie forward, the Wheat Kings gave up a sixth round selection in the 2021 Bantam Draft.

Chosen by the Blazers in the seventh round (151st overall) of the 2017 draft, the Calgary product scored ten goals and 19 points in 24 games with the Edge School Prep team last season. In four pre-season games with Kamloops, Ginnell had a goal and three assists in six games played.

Ginnell's family has a lot of roots in the WHL. His grandfather Pat Ginnell played and coached in the league while his father Erin played two seasons in the WHL. His brother Brad meanwhile currently skates with the Winnipeg ICE.

"We are happy to acquire Riley from Kamloops," says Brandon general manager Darren Ritchie. "He's a smart player with good skill. He will be a good addition to our forward group."

Ginnell expects to arrive in Brandon on Wednesday and could be in the lineup Friday night when the Wheat Kings bring the curtain up on their 2019-20 season against the visiting Winnipeg ICE.

Tickets to the game are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at

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