Grown in ‘Toba: Brady Keeper

Three years removed from playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Brady Keeper has made the jump to playing professional hockey on a full-time basis.

Keeper spent three seasons (2014-17) with the OCN Blizzard where he grew his game and excelled on the ice. After playing in 161 MJHL games where he added 52 goals and 81 assists, the Cross Lake, Manitoba native committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Maine Black Bears.

Before getting to college, Keeper was named a Rookie Team All-Star, a First Team All-Star in back to back seasons, along with being named the MJHL’s Most Valuable Player and Top Defenseman in his third and final season.

“The MJHL will prepare you to play at the next level,” Keeper said. “Being put in every situation on the ice to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s a great league to prepare you for the next level whether it’s college or major junior.”

After just two seasons (2017-19) on the back end with the Maine Black Bears where Keeper’s rise through the hockey ranks continued, the young defender chose to leave college and signed his first professional contract, an entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Brady made his NHL debut with the Panthers on March 28, 2019, against the Ottawa Senators in front of friends and family who made the trip to south Florida.

The now 23-year-old is fresh off of his first full professional season where he suited up in 61 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.