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GAME Preview: Wheat Kings Open Regular Season Versus Ice

September 24, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release


NEWS & NOTES:

Young Leadership: The Wheat Kings go into this season with a split Captains. Starting with 2004 born Nate Danielson who will wear the "C" for the first half of the season. Danielson, who doesn't turn 18 until September 27th, will be one of the youngest Captains in Wheat Kings history. Danielson joins the company of Nolan Patrick & Ryan Pulock to receive Captaincy before their 18th birthday. Brandon native Nolan Ritchie will take over as Captain in the 2nd half of the WHL Regular season and into the playoffs. Alternate Captains include Jake Chiasson & Brett Hyland.

Foundation for the Future: The Wheat Kings young talent will be on display. All 3 first round bantam draft picks from 2021 & 2022 will suit up including blue liner Charlie Elick & forwards Caleb Hadland & Roger McQueen. McQueen, who was drafted 4th overall in the 2022 bantam draft, brings some serious size at 6'4 and is coming off a stellar preseason leading the Wheat Kings in goals scored. One game in particular had McQueen scoring a hatrick at home over the Winnipeg Ice September 9th.

Big Boost: Forwards Rylen Roersma & Riley Ginnell have returned in time for Saturday's game after spending time at NHL Camps. Roersma was with the Colorado Avalanche. Ginnell was in South Florida with the Panthers.

Like Father, like Son: The Wheat Kings second half Captain will be Brandon native Nolan Ritchie. Nolan will change his jersey number from #10 to his fathers old #15. Nolan's Dad Darren Ritchie played 4 seasons with the Wheat Kings from 1991-1995

Back Where it Started: Former Wheat Kings captain Marty Murray joins the Wheat Kings as General Manager. The Lyleton, MB native spent 4 seasons with the Wheat Kings as a player, two of them as team Captain. Murray had a long pro career playing both in North America and overseas with clubs like the Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings.

Gone Camp'n: Wheat Kings forward Jake Chiasson (21' 4th Rd, 116th EDM) remains at Edmonton Oilers camp for the time being.


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