Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings trimmed their pre-season roster to 28 players on Monday by reassigning three 15-year old prospects.
Reassigned by the Western Hockey League club were forwards Nate Danielson, Tyson Zimmer and Rylen Roersma, Brandon’s three first round selections in this year’s Bantam Draft in Red Deer.
Monday’s moves leave Brandon with sixteen forwards, nine defencemen and three goalkeepers on its pre-season roster. That list includes four players – Jiri Patera, Luka Burzan, Ben McCartney and Marcus Kallionkieli – who are currently attending their respective National Hockey League training camps.
Danielson, who scored 26 goals and 59 points for the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels this past season, will report to the Northern Alberta Xtreme while Zimmer will return to Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, where he averaged two points per game with 22 goals and 52 points last season.
Meanwhile Roersma will report to Lethbridge where he will play U18 hockey this coming season. As a member of the AAA Bantam Golden Hawks last season, Roersma scored 23 goals and 44 points in 29 games.
Danielson, Zimmer and Roersma went fifth, sixth and sixteenth overall.
Players are only permitted to play five games in the WHL as 15-year old prospects.
The Wheat Kings, who are coming off a pre-season split of a weekend series with Winnipeg, will close out their 4-game pre-season schedule this weekend with a home and home series against Moose Jaw.
Tickets to both Saturday’s pre-season game as well as the 2019 Brandon Sun Home Opener on Friday, September 20th are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online HERE.
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