Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Boes Making Most of Last Chance

Corbin Boes has managed to stay out of the limelight, for now.

The 17-year old Saskatoon product is one of five goaltenders on the Brandon Wheat Kings' pre-season roster but hasn't received a lot of attention as the focus has been mainly on 20-year olds Andrew Hayes and Jacob De Serres and top prospect Liam Liston.

Originally a tenth round pick of Portland in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, Boes was released off the Winterhawks list last spring and then added by the Wheat Kings.

"I just came in, expecting to do my best and see what happens," says the 6-foot-1, 175 pound Boes, "I'm glad that I've made it here this far and I hope that I can keep it going."

Boes spent last season with the Saskatoon Blazers of the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League, recording a 3.50 goals against average and .904 save percentage in 22 games.

Those aren't eye-popping numbers but Boes feels he put in a lot of hard work over the summer to try and give himself the best opportunity to play in the WHL.

"This summer, I worked out hard every day, got on the ice quite a bit and worked with (Wheat Kings') goaltending coach Matt Cockell a couple of times and he was beneficial to how I developed this summer," says Boes, "I just realized that, at 17, this is a do-or-die type year."

Boes' future with the Wheat Kings may be tied to whether or not the club chooses to keep a 20-year old netminder but he could certainly help his cause with a strong pre-season.

Brandon opens their pre-season schedule on Friday night, as they'll pay a visit to the Regina Pats.

Chaff...former Wheat King Jay Fehr will play with the Minnesota Wild prospects at the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament...Matt Calvert (Columbus), Scott Glennie (Dallas), Brent Raedeke (Detroit) and Carson McMillan (Minnesota) will also play at the tournament, which begins on Saturday...former Wheat King Aaron Lewadniuk has garnered an invitation to the Manitoba Moose's training camp. Lewadniuk signed with the ECHL's Ontario Reign earlier this summer...the Wheat Kings and the rest of the teams in the Canadian Hockey League will be relaunching their newly designed websites Wednesday (September 8).

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