With a slew of injuries, the Wheat Kings signed their 2017 fourth round selection, Calgary product Jack Zayat to a standard Western Hockey League player agreement. The day became even better for the 16-year-old defenceman, as he was asked to dress for the Wheaties that same day.
He flew to Saskatoon and met up with the team for the first game of their home-and-home against the Blades Friday night. Wearing number 16 on his back, the defender skated with the Wheaties in their 3-2 loss, finishing the night with a minus-1 stat line. He found himself on the ice for the Blades’ first goal against, but cleaned up his play in the second and third period.
Zayat has spent the past two seasons playing in the Alberta Midget and Minor Midget Hockey Leagues, dressing for the CBHA Rangers and the Calgary Buffaloes. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound blueliner has 16 goals and 74 points in 59 games since the start of the 2017-18 hockey season.
Currently dressing a roster without injured defencemen Braden Schneider, Jonny Lambos and Vinny Iorio, as well as netminder Jiri Patera as he continues with the tryout process for the World Junior Hockey Championship, the Wheat Kings will once again need to rely on Zayat heavily on Saturday as the Wheaties continue the second half of there home-and-home against the Blades from Westoba Place. Puck drop for the annual Teddy Bear Toss game is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. central.