The future of the Brandon Wheat Kings is in good hands. Thirty of the WHL club’s top prospects took part in a three-day prospects camp this past weekend at Westoba Place. The camp included skills sessions, off-ice training, and an intrasquad game on Sunday morning.
The camp is a useful tool for members of the Wheat Kings hockey operations staff as they look to make an impact on their draft picks and listed players.
“It’s an important weekend for our organization,” said Head Coach David Anning. “It allows players and families to come in and see what Brandon and the Wheat Kings are all about. They get to know us as a staff and other prospects.”
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with Team Black beating Team White 3-1 in a full-speed scrimmage. Brandon born Ty Thorpe scored for Team Black along with Dylan James and Mitchell Joss while 2017 First Overall Pick Ridly Greig scored for Team White in the losing cause.
“Overall, I thought the weekend went very smooth. I think we had good on-ice sessions and guys were able to showcase their individual skills and talents,” added Anning. “As a staff, we get to see how players have progressed to this point and get to know them on a personal level.”
Following prospects camp, players met with members of the coaching staff to get help get an idea of what they can improve on as they begin their off-season training.
“We had a chance as a staff to talk to every player individually over the course of the weekend, and we want to make sure everyone is putting in the work this summer, understanding what their goals should be coming into camp and making sure everyone's on the same page coming into training camp.”
The Wheat Kings signed four players following camp. Vincent Iorio who was the teams 2017 2nd round selection put pen to paper along with Nolan Ritchie (’17 – 3rd Rd), Jake Chiasson (’18 – 1st Rd) and Brett Hyland (’18 – 2nd Rd).