Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Wheat Kings' Notebook

- Forward Jens Meilleur (left) will be sidelined for the next few weeks with a broken right hand. The rookie suffered the injury in Saturday's pre-season game in Moose Jaw. Meilleur had one assist in four games with the Wheat Kings in the pre-season.

- Rookie defenceman Eric Roy missed his sixth straight day of practice Monday with a groin injury. He's questionable for Friday's season opener.

- Rookie D Kyle Krzyzaniak (illness) also missed practice on Monday.

- 20-year old Darren Bestland returned to practice Monday, albeit with a no-contact jersey. Bestland missed all of last week with a neck problem stemming from a late-game hit against Regina in a pre-season game September 11.

- Michael Ferland and David Toews both practiced Monday, although Ferland was in a no-contact jersey. Ferland missed all of Calgary's training camp because of a knee injury suffered at Wheat Kings' training camp while Toews was unable to participate in the New York Islanders camp after initially being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder during his physical. Further examinations showed the injury wasn't that serious.

- NHL pre-season action starts on Tuesday. Scott Glennie is expected to be in Dallas' lineup when the Stars host Tampa Bay. Brayden Schenn and the Los Angeles Kings don't play their first pre-season game until Wednesday in Colorado. Mark Stone (Ottawa) is the other Wheat King still away at pro camp, but he is likely to be returned to the team in the next day or two.

- SHAW announced its 30-game broadcast schedule Monday, and the Wheat Kings will be featured three times -- November 19 vs. Calgary, February 25 at Saskatoon and March 18 at Moose Jaw.

- The Wheat Kings announced Monday that they have sold 2,768 season ticket packages for this season, just short of the total they sold for the 2008-2009 season. Last year, the number ballooned to 3,600 thanks to the club hosting the 2010 Memorial Cup.

- Four QMJHL teams have submitted letters of intent to bid for the 2012 Memorial Cup. They are Cape Breton, Halifax, Saint John and Shawinigan. A decision on the host site won't be made until April. This year's (2011) Memorial Cup will take place in Missisauga, Ontario.

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