Although finishing the year much earlier than originally hoped, as the team failed to make the postseason for the first time since 2015, and just the third time in the Wheat Kings’ last 27 seasons, Brandon is finding a way to continue making improvements to the roster for the coming years.
It was recently announced that the Wheaties had come to terms on standard player contracts with 2018 WHL Bantam Draft selections Logen Hammett and Jacob Hoffrogge. Hammett was chosen 101st overall in the fifth round of last May’s player selection, while Hoffrogge went in the second round, 41st overall.
Both players come from Saskatchewan and have spent their young careers playing defence up until this point. Hammett (Regina) played this past season with the Regina Pat Canadians in the local Midget AAA hockey league, racking up six goals, 25 points and 14 penalty minutes in 48 games. The left-shooting 15-year-old blueliner already stands 6-foot-1, while weighing in at 175-pounds.
Hoffrogge, 16, is a strong-skating, puck-moving defender out of Saskatoon. The 5-foot-11, 160-poun defender also dressed in the SMHL this past season, lacing up for the Saskatoon Contacts 39 times. Over the course of this past season, Hoffrogge put up two goals, 16 points and 21 penalty minutes. Both players will likely appear at the Wheat Kings’ prospects camp in late May.