“It’s really nice being back for the second year,” Chiasson said. “I was one of the younger guys of the camp last year so I had a few guys take me under my wing. It was nice getting to meet with the younger guys who came in this class. It was really nice to get to know those guys.”
Hagan was also in his second prospects camp. The 2002-born forward, who Brandon selected in the eighth round of the 2017 draft and has since signed, missed last year’s camp because his sister was graduating.
But after also attending two August camps, Hagan said it does get easier to get acclimated in Brandon.
“You know what you’re getting into and you know a bunch of the guys too,” he said. “It’s kind of nice to be here and to know what you’re going to do and help the younger guys out in the process.”
The five-foot-eight, 170-pound forward from Beaumont, Alta., also made his WHL debut last season, playing in Prince Albert against the Raiders on Dec. 8, 2018. He enjoyed his return to Brandon.
“I thought it was good,” Hagan said. “It was a fun time. It’s a little bit tiring because I’m a little bit out of shape right now but it’s good to get back into the hustle of things here. It kind of gives you a little bit of a starter for August.”
The weekend featured practices on Friday and Saturday — including skating sessions with Dave Lewis and skills work with Aaron Rome — informational sessions for players and parents and a barbecue on Saturday evening.
A handful of Wheat Kings veterans, Jonny Hooker, Connor Gutenberg, Zach Wytinck, Ty Thorpe and Chad Nychuk, were involved in practice sessions over the weekend, but didn’t participate in the intrasquad game on Sunday morning.
Former Wheat King stars and current National Hockey League players Ryan Pulock and Jayce Hawryluk also helped out.
Wheat Kings director of scouting Darren Ritchie was pleased with the annual camp, which featured 31 players born in 2002, 2003 or 2004 who the team either selected in the bantam draft or subsequently listed. “It’s a good weekend,” Ritchie said. “It’s a lot of stuff for our families to learn but it’s what you have to do. For our ’04 families, we want to get the information to them as much as we can. For our ’03s and ’02s, they’ve been here now and now they’re comfortable and understand what’s expected. Guys are better and better every time they play.”