Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings annual Prospects Camp has come to an end at Westoba Place.
The 3-day camp, which featured thirty of the Western Hockey League club’s top prospects, concluded with Sunday morning’s Prospect Intrasquad game.
Local product Ty Thorpe snapped a 1-1 as Team Black skated to a 3-1 victory.
Dylan James, who added an assist, and Mitchell Joss rounded out the scoring for the winners, who outshot Team White 29-26.
Ridly Greig of Lethbridge, the club’s first overall selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, scored in a losing cause for the Whites.
The game brought the curtain down on what was a very successful weekend for the organization.
In addition to hosting players and families from across Western Canada and North Dakota, the team announced four significant standard player agreements over the weekend.
Coming to terms with the Wheat Kings were 16-year olds Vincent Iorio and Nolan Ritchie as well as 15-year old bantam prospects Jake Chiasson and Brett Hyland, who were Brandon’s top two picks in this year’s draft in Red Deer.
Chosen 15th overall, Chiasson scored 20 goals and 68 points with the Yale Hockey Academy Prep Team this past season while Hyland had ten goals and 35 points with the Northern Alberta Bantam Prep program in Edmonton. Hyland was Brandon’s second round selection (24th overall) in this year’s draft.
Ritchie is coming off an outstanding season with the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings, finishing among the Manitoba AAA Midget League scoring leaders with 84 points, including 40 goals.
Iorio meanwhile had four goals and 23 points while patrolling the blueline with the Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 club in Minnesota. The Coquitlam, B.C. product was Brandon’s second round pick (27th overall) in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft while Ritchie was chosen in round three (56th overall).
Brandon’s first round pick in 2017, Greig signed his WHL standard player agreement earlier this year and played four games as an affiliate player with the Wheat Kings, picking up one assist.
With Prospects Camp now over for another year, next up is the club’s training camp, scheduled to begin in late August.
Off the ice – the Wheat Kings’ Early Bird Season Ticket Deadline is fast approaching.
Western Manitoba hockey fans have until Thursday, June 14th to purchase their 2018-19 season ticket at last year’s price. As well, for those that do renew by the deadline, they will receive a limited edition bobblehead, featuring the likeness for former Wheat King great Ron Hextall.
Hextall, who was named to the team’s All Time Team during its 50th Anniversary season in 2016-17, is the current general manager of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers.
For more information or to order your 2018-19 season tickets, be sure to visit the Wheat Kings’ office at the Keystone Centre or call (204) 726-3535.
(Photo courtesy of Brandi Pollock)