Thursday, 30 December 2010

Update from Calgary

Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward Michael Ferland is in a place that he hopes, someday, will be his home.

Ferland will play his first game in Calgary tonight since being selected by the NHL’s Flames in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 18-year old Ferland has two goals and 14 points in 12 games since returning from a leg injury in mid-November that cost him five games.

“I just want to keep playing the way I’ve been playing,” says the 6-foot-2, 208 pound Ferland, “With my linemates, I’ve playing pretty well as of late and I want to just keep working.”

The trio of Ferland, Scott Glennie and Brenden Walker have combined for seven goals and 21 points in the last four games since being put together midway through the Wheat Kings’ December 12th game versus Prince Albert.

“We have a little bit of everything on that line,” says Ferland, “Scottie’s a really fast skater and Walks and I can really hit the boy…it’s good playing with those guys.”

Ferland downplays any significance to being able to perform ‘live’ in front of Flames’ brass on Thursday night, although there is a new man he’s looking to impress.

Jay Feaster was named Calgary’s acting General Manager when Darryl Sutter stepped down on Tuesday.

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John Lawrence is continuing his growth in his first full season with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen.

The Newdale product played 18 games with the Hitmen last year before being re-assigned and finishing the season with the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives.

Lawrence feels a little older and wiser this season.
“There’s just a lot more responsibility. You have to come to the rink every day and ready to play and work hard every day,” says the 6-foot-3, 190 pound Lawrence, “I’m a lot more mature, ready for every situation now and know what’s expected of me.”

Lawrence notched his first WHL goal November 10th in a 5-4 overtime loss to Lethbridge, and has two goals and three points in 28 games overall this season.

“I worked on getting a lot stronger and being better in the defensive zone,” adds Lawrence, “So, I can be put out in defensive situations without the coaches having to worry about being a liability.”

The 18-year old Lawrence admits it’s been a tough season for the 10-24-2-0 Hitmen but they need to stay positive and keep working every day and the wins will follow.

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