Friday, 4 September 2015

Comrie's Development to Continue on Road

Sean Comrie
  Sean Comrie hopes a stay on the West Coast will eventually land him in the Wheat City.

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' second round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft will move from Edmonton to play at the Delta Hockey Academy in Vancouver this coming season.

  "We're on the ice training every day so I think it'll help me a lot," said Comrie on Thursday, "The coaches are really great there, same with trainers they have there so I think I'll improve a lot this year."

  The 5-foot-11, 161 pound Comrie, who's a distant relative to Winnipeg Jets' prospect Eric Comrie, is one of eight prospect defencemen held over for the start of the Wheat Kings' main camp on Friday (see main camp roster posted below).

  As a 15-year old, he's not eligible to play full-time in the WHL until next season.

  Comrie had 11 goals and 22 points in 30 games with Edmonton CAC Bantams last season and thinks of himself as an offensive defenceman.

  "I think I'm a good skater and a good puck-moving defenceman and can jump into the rush if I have an opportunity to do so," said Comrie.

  Brandon's rookie camp concluded on Thursday with a pair of scrimmages.

  James McIsaac scored three times to lead Team Gold to a 7-3 win over Team White in the evening session while the morning scrimmage saw Markus Sekundiak have the hat-trick in Team Gold's 8-2 victory over Team White.

  The main camp schedule Friday includes eacn of the two teams practicing in the morning with a scrimmage to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Westman Communications Group Place.

Wheat Kings' Training Camp Roster

2015 Training Camp Roster
Forwards (26) Height Weight BIRTH YEAR
Bettens, Rylan 5'11" 158 2000
Bukarts, Rihards 5'9" 186 1995
Campbell, Duncan  6'3 196 1996
Castellano, Brady 6'3" 187 1998
Coulter, Tyler  6'  195 1996
Daley, Caiden 6'0" 155 2000
Duke, Reid 6' 195 1996
Goethals, Bradley 6'0" 168 1998
Gutenberg, Connor 5'9" 160 1999
Hawryluk, Jayce 5'10" 194 1996
Hoffman, Rylan 6'0" 182 2000
Kaspick, Tanner 6'1" 202 1998
Klessens, Jeremy 5'10" 190 1999
Lewis, Ty 5'11" 176 1998
Lisoway, Quintin 5'10" 195 1995
Mattheos, Stelio 6'1" 194 1999
McCorrister, Linden 6'0" 180 1998
McGauley, Tim 6' 185 1995
McIsaac, James 5'10" 160 1999
Patmore, John 6'1" 172 1999
Patrick, Nolan 6'3" 192 1998
Quenneville, John 6'1 205 1996
Reinhardt, Cole 5'11" 176 2000
Sekundiak, Marcus 5'10" 150 2000
Shmyr, Braylon 5'9" 163 1997
Winkler, Dario 5'10" 170 1997
Defence (15) HT WT BIRTHDATE
Clague, Kale  6' 178 1998
Comrie, Sean 5'11" 161 2000
Cusack, Riley 6'0" 1888 2000
Erkamps, Macoy 6' 198 1995
Ettinger, Ty 5'11" 164 2000
Hilhorst, Ben 6'0" 176 2000
Hirst, Dane 6'0" 187 1999
Kim, Hoon 5'10" 151 2000
Matsuba, Mark  6' 193 1997
Pilon, Ryan 6'2" 212 1996
Provorov, Ivan 6'0" 200 1997
Sambrook, Garrett 5'10" 152 2000
Taraschuk, Mark  6'0" 198 1997
Waltz, Colton 6'1" 198 1995
Wytinck, Zach 5'10" 141 1999
Goaltenders (6) HT WT BIRTHDATE
Arps, Hunter 6'2" 156 1999
Dechaine, Josh 6'1" 168 1998
Klassen, Justin 6'0" 173 1999
Papirny, Jordan 6'1" 170 1996
Peacock, Brandon 6'0" 185 2000
Thompson, Logan 6'2.5" 172 1997

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Goethals Looking to Turn Heads at BWK Camp

Brad Goethals
  Brad Goethals isn't the first name that rolls off the tongue in discussions about Brandon Wheat Kings' prospects, but he's hoping to make his mark this fall.

  The 6-foot-0, 161 pound Goethals was listed by the Wheat Kings last September and went on to have an outstanding 2014-2015 season that saw him named a first-team all-star in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

  The Ile des Chenes product scored 32 goals and 55 points in 40 games with the Eastman Selects and also saw action in two playoff games for the MJHL's Selkirk Steelers.

  "I think I see the ice very well, making plays and definitely when I get a chance to bury it, I try my best to do that," said Goethals on the first day of Wheat Kings' training camp on Wednesday, "Just working hard, coming to the game prepared and never taking a shift off."

  Goethals had a chance to attend the Wheat Kings' Prospects Camp in May so being at camp is a totally new experience for the 17-year old.

  Regardless, he knows its a whole different experience this fall.

  "Prospect Camp was just to get to know the boys and get on the ice and see the team and stuff," said Goethals, "Coming into this weekend, I have to be focused and I'm really looking forward to trying to get a spot on the team."

  The first scrimmage of the Wheat Kings' Rookie Camp was held Wednesday night with 2015 third round pick Rylan Bettens scoring twice to lead Team Gold to an 8-3 win over Team White.

  There are two scrimmages scheduled for Thursday (10 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

A'sst coach Darren Ritchie goes over a drill during Team Gold
practice Wednesday at Wheat Kings' training camp.
Chaff...16-year old Deloraine, Manitoba product Rylan Rommelaere has signed his WHL standard player agreement with the Medicine Hat Tigers...the WHL confirmed Wednesday it'll follow the NHL's lead and play five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime this season...Calgary's training camp two weeks away, Brandon product and former Wheat King Michael Ferland remains unsigned by the Flames.  He's a restricted free agent.  More from the Calgary Sun.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Daley Pumped for First Training Camp

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' 2015 Bantam Draft picks will be getting their first taste of a training camp this week, including first rounder Caiden Daley.

  The 15-year old Winnipeg product was the 22nd overall pick in May, and is ineligible to play full-time in the WHL this season.

  However, one of the goals for Daley at training camp is to show well enough to, perhaps, get a chance to make his WHL debut this year.

  "I just hope I can show the coaches what I can do out there to the best of my abilities and maybe to think about playing later in the year.," said Daley when I asked about his goals for training camp on Tuesday night, "Just skate as hard as I can, show the fans what I can do.  I can't wait to get out there."

  The 6-foot-0 Daley isn't quite pushing 160 pounds (he weighed in at 155 Tuesday night) yet so he understands that getting bigger and stronger is a key before he begins his WHL career on a full-time basis.

  That's something he concentrated on during the off-season, working out two hours a day while also doing power-skating in the morning and doing different system skates in the evening.

  "I had to switch it up from last summer. Last summer was a little buit of a hold over, okay easiness," said Daley, who has yet to sign a standard player agreement with Brandon, "This summer, I had to put it into high gear and really starting getting my body and myself ready to go for a WHL camp and for my season coming up."

  Daley, who's expected to play with the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League's Winnipeg Wild this season, is one of about 40 prospects hitting the ice during the Wheat Kings' rookie camp the next two days.

  About 20 of those will join the returning players for Main Camp, which begins on Friday.

Wheat Kings Going Camping

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' 2015-2016 season opens Wednesday with the official start of the club's training camp at Westman Communications Group Place.

  About 40 prospects will be involved in the camp for the next couple of days, with the returning players already having reported and going through fitness testing for a couple of days before hitting the ice for the first time Friday.

  The Wheat Kings have smaller numbers at training camp than most Western Hockey League teams, which GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon believes gives them the ability to make more concise evaluations.

  "We do it this way because we think it works best for us," said McCrimmon on Tuesday, "We think it allows us to get the opportunity to watch the players that we want to watch and, hopefully, it improves our opportunity to evaluate."

  Three of the Wheat Kings' picks from the 2014 Bantam Draft won't be at training camp this week in second rounder Ian Mitchell, third rounder Jarrod Gourley and eighth rounder Leif Mattson.

  All are in camps with AJHL teams.

  2013 fourth round pick T.J. Brown is also not attending camp for the second consecutive year.

  Despite returning 19 players from last year's squad, there are some openings for prospects to compete for.

  "Players that are 16 and 17, they're trying to make an impression to earn a longer look after camp, play in the pre-season and, hopefully, make our team," saids McCrimmon, "I always say with the 17-year old players, they should definitely be coming here to make the team...that should be their objective."

  After posting the WHL's best regular season record and advancing to the WHL Final in 2014-2015, there are high expectations for the Wheat Kings for this coming season.

  Those expectations were addressed by the coaching staff at a meeting with returning players Monday, and McCrimmon feels it's something they can't ignore.

  "It's really important for us to have perspective and not think that we're better than we are.  It's a lot of hard work, it's a process.  Every team runs its own race, every team is a new team, every team has to establish its own identity," said McCrimmon, "While we're encouraged with the season we had a year ago, while we're excited about the players we have returning and the comfort level we have with our personnel, there's a lot of hard work that has to happen between now and any of those expectations becoming reality."

  About 20 players from Rookie Camp are expected to be held over the Main Camp, which begins on Friday.

Wheat Kings' Training Camp Schedule

Rookie Camp

Tuesday, September 1st
Registration, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 2nd
Team White practice, 8:30 a.m.
Team Gold practice, 10 a.m.
Team White vs. Team Gold, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 3rd
Team White vs. Team Gold, 10 a.m.
Team White vs Team Gold, 6 p.m.

Main Camp

Friday, September 4th
Team White practice, 8 a.m.
Goaltenders session, 9:30 a.m.
Team Gold Practice, 10:30 a.m.
Team White vs. Team Gold, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 5th
Team White vs. Team Gold, 9:30 a.m.
Intrasquad Scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 6th
Annual Intrasquad Game, 2 p.m.