Calgary, AB. -- The National Hockey League's Calgary Flames have announced that 20-year old left-winger Michael Ferland has been assigned to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
fifth round draft choice (133rd overall) of the Flames in the 2010 NHL
Entry Draft, Ferland has spent the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with
the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. However, the local
product has dressed for just seven games with the Heat and made three
appearances for the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies, finishing with a single
In 68 games with the Wheat Kings last season, Ferland scored 96 points including a team high 47 goals.
his WHL career, Ferland has 79 goals and 180 points in 185 games. As
well, he has accumulated 279 minutes in penalties during his first three
years in Brandon.
return to Brandon leaves the Wheat Kings with four overage players on
their active roster, one over the league limit of three. Ferland joins
forward Nick Buonassisi and defencemen Ryley Miller and Tyler Yaworski.
former AAA Midget Wheat King forward is expected to make his WHL season
debut Friday night when Brandon opens up its post-Christmas schedule
with a game against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors at Westman
Communications Group Place.
Ferland rejoins the Wheat Kings, the WHL club will be without a number
of regulars this weekend as three are busy playing on the international
front. 19-year old left-winger Alessio Bertaggia, who
currently leads the team in scoring with sixteen goals and 34 points, is
skating with Switzerland at the World Junior Hockey Championship in
Russia while rookies Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville are members of Team Western and Pacific respectively at the World U17 Challenge in Quebec.
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