Saturday, 25 September 2010

Memorable Debut for Seaman

It was the quite the Western Hockey League debut for Wheat Kings' rookie Tyrel Seaman.

The 16-year old notched his first WHL goal Friday night while seeing extensive action, including centering 20-year olds Shayne Wiebe and David Toews in the third period.

"I felt good out there, felt strong," says the 6-foot-2, 193 pound Seaman, "I was a little nervous off the start, but I got the nerves under me the first couple of shifts there, made a couple of hits, and just battled through it from there."

The 6-foot-2, 193 pound Seaman is a natural centre, playing the position all of last season with the Prince Albert Mintos despite being listed as a left-winger when he was chosen in the fourth round of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Choiceland, Saskatchewan product took several important draws in Brandon's defensive zone late in the third period, when the club was clinging to a one-goal lead.

"I did lots of that last year," says Seaman, "The coaching staff in Prince Albert had me quite prepared for that situation."

Seaman had 12 goals and 29 points in 38 games with Prince Albert last season.

He might also be the only 16-year old rookie with his own Facebook fan club. You can join the group by clicking here.

The Wheat Kings complete their season-opening home-and-home series with the Pats Sunday in Regina (2:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...D Jordan Fransoo (foot) missed practice on Saturday...Brandon GM/COach Kelly McCrimmon enters Sunday's contest one win short of becoming the 17th coach in WHL history to reach 300 victories...my research indicates that Liam Liston was the first rookie goaltender to start a Wheat Kings' home opener in 25 years (Kelly Hitchens, 1985).

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