After beginning and concluding the annual rookie camp, the Wheat Kings’ veteran players took to the ice late last week for a weekend of training and conditioning for the upcoming calendar year. With intrasquad games over the weekend, Head Coach David Anning and General Manager Grant Armstrong were able to take a long look at some of their incoming and returning talent for 2018-19.
Following Sunday evening’s game at Westoba Place, the Wheaties sent seven players packing, two of which were 15-year-olds, as well as five 16-year-old players. Forwards Noah Wagner (16), Caiden Gault (16), William Highet (16) and Dylan James (15) were the four cuts up front. Defencemen Jacob Hoffrogge (15) and Jack Zayat (16), as well as goaltender Connor Ungar (16) were also reassigned to their respective minor hockey clubs.
34 players now remain on Brandon’s preseason roster, including 21 forwards, 10 defencemen and three netminders. Two 15-year-olds – Jake Chiasson and Brett Hyland – remain with the team, while six players – Stelio Mattheos (Carolina), Ty Lewis (Colorado), Jiri Patera (Vegas), Luka Burzan (Ottawa) Schael Higson (Vegas) and Cole Reinhardt (Colorado) – will be attending NHL training camps this coming week.
The Wheat Kings open their preseason schedule on Friday night against the Regina Pats at Westoba Place, before travelling to Saskatchewan for a rematch against the Pats on Saturday. The 2018-19 regular season begins for the Wheaties at home on Friday, September 21st against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.