Monday, 25 October 2010

Adjustments Coming for Wheat Kings' Rookies

The Brandon Wheat Kings continue their B.C. Division road trip Tuesday night when they pay a visit to the Kelowna Rockets (8:35 p.m., CKLQ).

There’s no doubt the first 1/5th of the regular season has been a challenging one for the Wheat Kings, but it has also been a definite learning experience for the 14 first-year players that are currently on the club’s roster.

“The biggest challenge has been the change of speed,” says Brandon forward Tyrel Seaman, “It’s quite a bit faster but I’m getting more used to it now, getting further into the season and playing games and stuff, you’re getting more used to the speed.”

In addition to the pace of the game, Seaman and his fellow rookies have also had to get used to the increased amount of travel in the Western Hockey League.

Last season, while with the Prince Albert Mintos of the SMHL, Seaman says his longest road trip was four hours long.

This year, his shortest road trip with the Wheat Kings is the 3 ½ hour trek to Regina.

The 16-year old Seaman is also competing against players that are sometimes as much as four years old that he is.

“The strength difference, that’s the only thing that’s challenging,” says the 6-foot-2, 193 pound Seaman, “How much stronger the older guys are after playing this level of hockey for 3-4 years they know what it takes and how strong they have to be to compete and now I’m realizing it too.”

Seaman says he listens to his I-Pod tp pass the time while traveling, and also has to keep up on his school work while on the road.

To help him, the Wheat Kings regularly schedule study hall sessions during their off days on a road trip.

Chaff…D Eric Roy (concussion) and D Ryley Miller (concussion) both missed practice Monday and are doubtful to play Tuesday night in Kelowna…Roy celebrated his 16th birthday on Sunday (October 24)…Brandon is the only team in the WHL to not be involved in an overtime or shootout game so far this season…the Wheat Kings have allowed the first goal of the game in seven consecutive games.

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