After failing to crack the Wheat Kings’ official opening night roster for the 2018-19 season, Brandon sent 18-year-old defenceman down to Junior A hockey, where he has played the first seven games of the season with the Virden Oil Capitals. It’s not that Sambrook was not needed in the Wheaties’ system, it was just a matter of too many bodies vying for too few positions.
Following his time with the Southwest Cougars bantam and midget AAA teams, Sambrook dressed in 55 games for Brandon in the 2016-17 WHL season. He then split last year between the Capitals and Wheat Kings, before being demoted straight from Wheaties tryouts in September. The right-handed blueliner has one goal and 10 career points in 70 WHL games.
Late this past week, The Wheat Kings and Swift Current Broncos put their collective heads together to formulate a trade that would see the Medora, MB. native head out west in return for a conditional ninth round draft pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6-foot, 175-pound blueliner will continue to battle for a roster spot in Speedy Creek, even with the Broncos recently releasing defenceman Sam Pouliot.
The Broncos visit Brandon Saturday night for road test against one of the top teams in the league in the early going. It has yet to be announced if Sambrook will be in the lineup for the visitors against his former running mates. Puck drop is set for 7:30 P.M. central at Westoba Place.