Monday, 3 May 2010

Hi Ho, It's Back to Work They Go

The Brandon Wheat Kings were back on the practice ice on Monday afternoon.

After an eight-day break to re-energize and re-focus, the Wheat Kings have begun preparations for the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

"It was definitely needed, not just physically but mentally especially," said Brandon goaltender Jacob De Serres after Monday's 65-minute session, "It was tough going out like that and it was just nice to go home and re-charge and spend some times with friends and family and just forget about what happened let it go."

Now, with the Memorial Cup just 11 days away, preparations for the big event can begin.

"I think guys are ready to go," says defenceman Colby Robak, "This is something that we've waited for all year and we just have to work on little things here and there but I think everyone is pretty much ready to go."

Two players who are, apparently, not ready to go are defenceman Darren Bestland and centre Brayden Schenn, who were both absent from practice on Monday.

Bestland is suspected of having a fractured orbital bone, and Schenn is believed to have suffered a suspected lower-body injury in the Eastern Concerence Final against Calgary.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings practiced in the Optimist Arena as the ice is out of Westman Place. The ice will be put back in during the course of the week with the Memorial Cup logos and sponsors...Memorial Ticket packages will be available for pickup throughout the rest of the week at the Wheat Kings' office.

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