Monday, 21 June 2010

Liston Enjoys HC Experience

Brandon Wheat Kings' prospect Liam Liston wrapped up his participation in the Hockey Canada Goaltending Camp Sunday.

The four-day session in Calgary brought together 14 netminders from across the country with Liston being the lone Under-18 netminder from Western Canada asked to attend.

"It was awesome. Just the way you're treated when you're involved in that program and the first-class people that run it, it's unparalleled," says Liston, who got instruction from, among others, former NHLers Ron Tugnutt and Andy Moog at the camp, "To be able to just have those guys nearby and be able to tap into their knowledge whenever you need it is pretty special."

Liston won the Bill Ranford Trophy as the AMHL's this past season after leading the league in wins and goals against average.

He also joined Brandon for the playoffs and the Memorial Cup, acting as the team's third-string goaltender.

"We had guys from college and the Western League shooting on us and with me playing midget this past year, maybe it just reaffirmed a bit in my mind that I'll be okay next year in junior," says the 17-year old Liston, "Maybe I'm a little more confident now than I had been that I can be successful at that level."

Liston was a third round pick of Brandon in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, 57th overall and played with Team Pacific at last winter's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, helping the team to a 5th-place finish.

His off-season will get even shorter as he has been invited to the Hockey Canada Under-18 Selection Camp in late July.

That will determine Canada's team for the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August.

"On one hand, you want to stay in the gym and stay on the ice and try and be as prepared as you can be," says the 6-foot-2, 190 pound Liston, "On the other hand, you also want to make sure you can relax and get your rest time in because there's not a lot of chance to do that during the year."

The only Manitoban invited to that camp is Winnipeg product Michael St. Croix of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings' seat moving day, where season ticket holders may move their seats to a more desirable location, is slated for tomorrow (June 22). Contact the Wheat Kings' office at 726-3535 for more information...the WHL Eastern Conference scheduling meeting was being held Monday in Saskatoon. The Wheat Kings should release their tentative schedule later tonight or on Tuesday.

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