Thursday, 7 October 2010

Mieritz Off to Grinding Start

Mark Mieritz is proving to be anything but a typical European during the early part of his tenure with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The 19-year old Dane (left) was selected by the Wheat Kings in the first round of the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, 43rd overall and has shown a knack for working the boards, going into traffic areas and, in my opinion, has also proven to be one of the hardest working players on the club

"I like it here. The tempo is a lot faster than European hockey....it's faster and much more tougher," says Mieritz, "I like the style, it's just getting used to it now...I love to get hit, and make hits so that's a good part."

The 5-foot-11, 195 pound Mieritz notched six goals and 20 points in 34 games with the Frolunda juniors in Gothenburg, Sweden last season and has three assists and a +3 rating in Brandon's first six regular season games, and has fit in well on a line recently with centre Paul Ciarelli and either rookie Tyrel Seaman or Wheaton King on the other wing.

"I'm a guy who finds loose pucks in front of the net and just bangs it in," says Mieritz, "I'm haven't got my first goal yet, but I think it'll come."

Mieritz grew up in Copenhagen, and has represented Denmark in the World Junior Championship, Division I the past two years, notching two goals seven points in five games last December in helping the Danes to a 4-1 record.

He hopes to get another chance this year when the Division I, Group B event is held in Slovenia from December 12-18, where a first-place finish would push the Danes into the Top Division with Canada in 2012.

"This year, I think we have the opportunity and the team to make the A Group this year," says Mieritz, "We just have to, because we have a good team this year."

While Mieritz hasn't been assured of a spot on the Denmark team, he would seem a natural fit after being part of the club in each of the last two years.

Chaff...Heritage Co-op and the Brandon Wheat Kings are encouraging fans to bring a non perishable food donation to Friday’s game. All donations collected will go to local food banks, through the annual Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger campaign...F Wheaton King enters Friday's game on a three-game point streak (2 G, 3 A)…F Mark Stone has points in five of six games this season (3 G, 7 A)…F Jason Swyripa has points in three of the last four games (2 G, 2 A)...D Ryan Pulock celebrated his 16th birthday on Wednesday (October 6).

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