Thursday, 16 December 2010

Miller Set to Return This Weekend

The Brandon Wheat Kings will get defenceman Ryley Miller back in their lineup when they host Moose Jaw on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

The 18-year old Miller had to serve a two-game suspension from the Western Hockey League this past weekend, missing Brandon's games against Kootenay and Prince Albert.

The Spruce Grove, Alberta product is in his third year with the Wheat Kings and has earned a reputation as one of the WHL's hardest hitting defencemen.

"I always look for a big hit...head down, anytime anybody comes down on me, I look for a big hit," says Miller, "It's just instincts, it's what I've always done."

The 6-foot-0, 178 pound Miller isn't the biggest blueliner on the Wheat Kings, but he certainly knows the art of body-checking.

"I just try to throw all my weight into them, even though I don't have much of it." says Miller, "It feels like I'm getting into things, playing lots and playing well, I think."

Miller is primarily a defensive defenceman with the Wheat Kings, and his career total of zero goals in 109 career games would attest.

This year, Miller has four assists and a -5 rating in 28 games with the Wheat Kings.

The Wheat Kings will enter Friday's game against Moose Jaw three points behind Lethbridge for eighth-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference.

Brandon will close the first half Saturday night in Moose Jaw, and then be idle until December 28th.

Chaff...D Spencer Galbraith, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, has resumed practicing with the Wheat Kings...All fans attending Friday’s game will receive a full color 2011 Wheat Kings’ Calendar Poster, courtesy of The Brandon Sun and McDonalds Restaurants of Brandon...Donations for the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner will also be accepted during Friday's game.

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