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Gerrie taken 13th overall in USHL draft

North Stars forward, who has committed to Bowling Green University in 2020, grabbed by Waterloo Blackhawks in opening round of Phase 2 annual draft. Thunder Bay Kings defender Alex Pineau went in the 10th round to Lincoln in Phase 1 of the draft.
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Keighan Gerrie
North Stars forward Keighan Gerrie was taken by the Waterloo Blackhawks in the 2019 USHL draft. (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com)

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay North Stars are already bracing for Keighan Gerrie’s departure.

The Waterloo Blackhawks may have hastened his decision.

The Blackhawks snagged the North Stars forward with the 13th overall pick on Tuesday in Phase 2 of the United States Hockey League draft, giving Gerrie a chance to advance to a higher level of hockey for one season before he’s expected to join Bowling Green University in the fall of 2020.

Gerrie led the Superior International Junior Hockey League in scoring with 102 points in 2018-19, and was named the Junior A circuit’s playoff most valuable player, scoring eight goals and 16 points in leading Thunder Bay to its first title in nine years.

The 18-year-old has also caught the attention of National Hockey League scouts, with several teams, including the Washington Capitals, sending staff to Thunder Bay and other league checkpoints to meet with him and watch his game in person.

Thunder Bay Kings defenceman Alex Pineau was taken in the 10th round by Lincoln in Phase 1 of the draft on Monday night. Pineau had four goals and 10 points in 20 games with the Kings this season, and joined the major midget squad during the recent TELUS Cup. 

Phase 1 of the draft is for under-17 players only, while the second phase is open to all other eligible players not already protected by a USHL team. 



Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with TBNewsWatch.com since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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