July 25, 2013 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon, MB. - Several Brandon Wheat Kings prospects will be front and center over the course of the next two weeks as several Hockey Canada camps get underway on various fronts.
While 17-year old Jayce Hawryluk is in Toronto for this weekend's National U18 Selection Camp in preparation for the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic next month, two Brandon prospects are hitting the ice in Calgary on Thursday as Team Pacific kicks off its U17 Summer Development Camp.
Center Braylon Shmyr of Calgary and blueliner Tanner Browne of Kelowna, B.C. are among the 47 players participating.
Brandon's first round selection (12th overall in the 2012 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft), is coming off a solid season as a member of the Calgary AAA Midget Buffaloes, averaging more than a point per game with twelve goals and 29 points in 28 games. As well, he also scored a goal in his Wheat Kings regular season debut.
Browne meanwhile was the Wheat Kings second round pick (35th overall) in last year's bantam draft and spent the 2012-13 campaign skating with the Program of Excellence Program in Kelowna.
Team Western U17 Camp meanwhile will be held in Portage la Prairie in early August and the WHL Wheat Kings will be represented there by six prospects - Jesse Gabrielle, Kirkland Lycar, Dakota Boutin, Tristen Elder, Wade Allison and Mark Taraschuk.
As a member of the Moose Jaw Generals this past season, Boutin (3rd round; 50th overall) had eight goals and 19 points in 35 games. He is one of two Brandon prospects that call Moosomin, Saskatchewan home. The other is Gabrielle (5th; 100th), who scored fifteen goals and 43 points in 25 games last year for Eagan High School in Minnesota. Rounding out the Saskatchewan contingent is Kinistino's Tristen Elder (6th; 116th), who fired six goals and 17 points with the Tisdale Trojans this past season.
A Winnipeg product, Taraschuk (6th; 112th) had a goal and 14 points as a member of the Winnipeg AAA Wild in 2012-13, Lycar (4th round; 78th) of Elma had 20 points, including eleven goals with the Eastman Selects and Allison (7th; 144th) scored fifteen goals and 37 points with the Pembina Valley Hawks.
All eight Brandon prospects will be hoping to make the final roster on their respective teams in order to represent the Wheat Kings and their province at this winter's World U17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, scheduled for December 29th to January 4th.
These camps are the first step in Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.
In addition to the U17 Camps, Captain Ryan Pulock will be attending Hockey Canada's National Junior Selection Camp while Brandon's top three selections in this year's bantam draft will be attending the Allstate All Canadian Mentorship Camp in Toronto.
Winnipeg's Nolan Patrick, Lloydminster's Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick of Brandon will be among the 42 players attending the camp that gets underway next weekend. Patrick, Clague and Kaspick were chosen 4th, 6th and 25th overall in the 2013 bantam draft in Calgary.
Son of former Wheat King Steve Patrick, the 6' 170lb. Nolan led the Division 1 Winnipeg AAA Bantam Hockey League this past season with 75 points, despite playing just nineteen of the team's 30 games. The 5'11" 173 lb. Clague set an Alberta scoring record for defencemen with 77 points in 33 games while the 5'11" 183 lb. Kaspick scored 38 points in 42 games as a member of the AAA Midget Wheat Kings.
Hosted by NHL players under the leadership of 21-year NHL veteran Gary Roberts, the invitation-only camp will be held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from August 6th to 10th, 2013. The intensive five-day camp will conclude with the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup - an inter-squad exhibition game - on Saturday, August 10th at 1:00 p.m. ET, broadcast on TSN.
"The NHLPA has made a strong commitment to sharing the Players' knowledge and experience with Canada's youth through the Allstate All-Canadians program. This is our third year in working to develop a program that will help educate not only the 42 bantam-aged players that are directly involved, but also parents and young hockey players across the country," said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. "The NHL Players and the ambassadors involved are true professionals and have an enormous amount of experience to share through this program."
Last year's camp featured 22 first-round draft picks from the OHL and WHL, including first overall picks Connor McDavid (OHL - 2012), Travis Konecny (OHL - 2013), and Mathew Barzal (WHL - 2012).
Current Brandon netminder Jordan Papirny attended the Camp in 2011.