Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Wheat Kings Draw on Ritchie's Experience

The Brandon Wheat Kings don't have a lot of Memorial Cup experience but one person who could offer a little advice is assistant coach Darren Ritchie.

Ritchie was a member of the Wheat Kings when they participated in the 1995 tournament in Kamloops.

"You're going to places, you're have the banquet, you're playing Friday so things are going to happen quickly here," says Ritchie, "You just want to try and keep routines the way they are and be excited. We're the only team in Canada that gets a second chance so we're excited about it."

As compared to '95, the Wheat Kings have a little more of a spread out schedule.

That year, Brandon played on back-to-back days to open the tournament.

The only other advice Ritchie wants to pass along is to keep an even keel during the tournament.
"That's one thing that I'll keep in the back of my mind when we're preparing the guys is to not get too high and not get too low," says Ritchie, "We're playing different teams all the time so I think if you keep emotions in check, we should be fine."

In other Memorial Cup news....

More tickets are available for the 2010 Memorial Cup.
The Canadian Hockey League has turned back 50 more tickets to the host committee for sale.
People that have purchased assigned standing room will get first crack at upgrading to a seat.

Meanwhile, the host committee has launched a ticket return program.
Fans not wishing to use their tickets for any particular game can give them back to the host committee for distribution to Shilo Military Family Resource Centre.
You can donate your tickets back at any of the information kiosks at the host hotels or at the Memorial Cup Village.

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