Photo by Brandi Pollock
Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The 2018 Brandon Wheat Kings Prospects Camp wrapped up on Sunday morning with Team Black skating to a 3-1 victory in a low scoring affair.
Thirty of the club’s top prospects took part in the three-day camp that included on-ice skills sessions, practices and Sunday’s intra-squad game. For the Wheat Kings hockey staff, it’s a great weekend to bring their prospects together.
“It’s been a really good week with lots of information for both the players and their families,” said Director of Scouting Darren Ritchie. “We did a lot of skills stuff with Skills Coaches Dave Lewis and Aaron Rome and our coaches ran a practice so they saw a little bit of everything.”
Brandon born Ty Thorpe scored for Team Black along with Dylan James and Mitchell Joss while 2017 First Overall Pick Ridly Greig scored for Team White in the losing cause.
The camp was made up of 2001-2003 born players, both drafted and free agents, and included a number of familiar faces. Brandon born Lynden McCallum joined Neithan Salame, Chad Nychuk, Ethan Kruger and Ridley Greig on the list of players who appeared in a Wheat King uniform during the 2017/18 regular season.
“You can tell that the 02’s that were here for the first time last year feel more comfortable,” added Ritchie. “They are bigger and stronger and know what’s going on. It’s a good sign for the organization that our guys are getting better.”
The big news out of Prospects Camp was the signing of four top players to WHL Contracts. Vincent Iorio who was the teams 2017 2nd round selection put pen to paper along with Nolan Ritchie (’17 – 3rd Rd), Jake Chiasson (’18 – 1st Rd) and Brett Hyland (’18 – 2nd Rd).
With Prospects Camp now in the books the Wheat Kings will turn their attention to Fall Camp which is scheduled to begin in late August.
Meanwhile, off the ice… Wheat Kings’ Early Bird Season Ticket Deadline is fast approaching.
Fans have until Thursday, June 14th to purchase their 2018-19 season ticket at last year’s price. As well, for those that do renew by the deadline, they will receive a limited edition bobblehead, featuring the likeness for former Wheat King great Ron Hextall.
For more information or to order your 2018-19 season tickets, be sure to visit the Wheat Kings’ office at the Keystone Centre or call (204) 726-3555.
WEEKEND PLAYER SIGNINGS
Vincent Iorio – Elite Prospects
“He’s real smart, a good puck moving defenseman, that will join the rush… He sees the ice well and has a real good stick for defending.” -Dir. of Scouting, Darren Ritchie.
Nolan Ritchie – Elite Prospects
“Nolan is a smart player. He does the little things right and is a competitive player.” -Dir. of Scouting Darren Ritchie.
Jake Chiasson – Elite Prospects
“Jake’s very competitive and a great leader. He is like a pro, he works hard and is going to be a very good player in this league.” -Dir. of Scouting Darren Ritchie.
Brett Hyland – Elite Prospects
“He’s a competitive guy, a real hard worker that goes to the net and has real good leadership abilities.” – Dir. of Scouting Darren Ritchie