The Brandon Wheat Kings will be without rookie forward Nolan Ritchie for an extended period of time.
The 17-year-old Brandon native suffered a broken leg on a scary, non-contact injury Friday evening during the the first period of the Wheat Kings’ 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting Calgary Hitmen. Ritchie, who was stretchered off the ice Friday underwent successful surgery Saturday in Brandon and is expecting to make a full recovery.
Ritchie – who the Wheat Kings selected 56th overall in the third round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft – has skated in 24 games with Brandon in this his rookie season, racking up five goals, 11 points and two penalty minutes. The local product also found the twine once in four games with the Wheaties following the completion of his AAA Midget season in 2018-19.
Prior to joining his father Darren (General Manager) in the WHL, the former Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League star racked up 89 goals, 119 assists, 208 points and 102 penalty minutes in 112 regular season and playoff games for the AAA Wheat Kings.
Brandon will be off until Friday, when the Wheat Kings take on the Winnipeg ICE at Westoba Place at 7:30 PM central. Friday’s tilt will be the first of a home-and-home matchup between the two Manitoban rivals. The two teams will meet again Saturday evening at Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg, also at 7:30 PM.