Brandon, MB. – Brandon Wheat Kings general manager and head coach Kelly McCrimmon has announced that one 17-year old and two 15-year old prospects will be recalled next week in time for the Western Hockey League club’s game against the visiting Regina Pats on Friday, December 27th.
Scheduled to join the club for practice on Boxing Day at Westman Place will be 15-year old forwards Nolan Patrick and Tanner Kaspick as well as 17-year old Duncan Campbell.
One of two prospects on the league leading 24-2-0 AAA Midget Wheat Kings, the 6’3” 176 lb Campbell is currently leading the Manitoba Midget League in scoring with 24 goals and 55 points. A second round selection (25th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary, the 5’11” 184 lb Kaspick is third in league scoring with sixteen goals and 38 points.
A member of the Winnipeg Thrashers, Patrick meanwhile is tied for sixth in league scoring with fourteen goals and 31 points in 22 games. The 6’2” 182 lb center was Brandon’s first choice (4th overall) in this year’s bantam draft, becoming the highest drafted Wheat King since Brandon opted for Darren Van Oene with the second overall selection in 1993.
Both Patrick and Kaspick were members of the bronze medal winning provincial team that participated in this year’s Western Canadian U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary. Patrick, Team Manitoba’s captain, led the tournament scoring in early November with five goals and 12 points in four games.
The Wheat Kings, who will follow up Friday night’s game with a 4-game road trip beginning the next night in Regina, will be without three regulars when regular season play resumes after the holidays.
While right-winger Richard Nejezchleb is currently skating for his native Czech Republic, in preparation for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden, rookies Braylon Shmyr and Jesse Gabrielle have joined Team Pacific and Team Western respectively at the World Under 17 Challenge Cup in Cape Breton.
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