The Vancouver Giants Opening Night roster is taking shape. Yesterday the Giants learned that forwards Ty Ronning (New York Rangers) and Brad Morrison (Calgary Flames) have been returned to the Giants from their respective NHL camps and both will be in uniform when the Giants kick-off their season Friday in Victoria.
Ty Ronning was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft and is fresh off his second NHL Training Camp in the Big Apple. After posting 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points with the G-Men in 2016-17, Ronning played 12 games in the AHL with the Hartford Wolfpack where he snagged an additional two goals and three assists. On September 8th, 2017 Ronning was named captain of the Rangers prospect team in Traverse City, MI.
Brad Morrison was acquired by the Giants in a June 2017 trade with the Prince George Cougars. After participating in two previous NHL Training Camps with the New York Rangers (2015 and 2016), Morrison attended Training Camp with the Calgary Flames in 2017. He competed for the Flames in Penticton at the Young Stars Classic. Morrison has played the previous 260 games of his WHL career with the Prince George Cougars and has 85 goals to compliment his 103 career assists.
The return of Ronning and Morrison coupled with defencemen Matt Barberis and Dylan Plouffe both returning from Vancouver Canucks Training Camp earlier this week means that forwards Tyler Benson (Edmonton Oilers) and Brendan Semchuk (Washington Capitals) are the two Giants remaining at NHL camps.
On Friday, September 22nd the Vancouver Giants kick off their 17th season in the WHL when they clash with the Victoria Royals on the road at 7:00 PM. Then on Saturday, September 23rd the Giants and CIBC are teaming up for the Giants Home Opener which goes at 7:00 PM at the Langley Events Centre. Learn more about the CIBC Home Opener HERE!