Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Galbraith Feels Grit, Competitive Key to Succss

A jump in opportunity has led to a jump in confidence for Wheat Kings' rookie Spencer Galbraith.

The 17-year old blueliner saw action in just 14 of 37 games in the first half but has played 8 of 10 since the Christmas break.

"It's a lot easier to get your own confidence up when you get a chance to get in there more," says Galbraith, a 12th round pick in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, "That's a chance Kelly (McCrimmon) has given me and I've taken it for what it's worth and done the most I can with it."

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound Galbraith is a bit on the smaller side when it comes to WHL defencemen, but seems to have other attributes which could make him successful.

"You have to be real competitive, real gritty," says Galbraith, who has one goal and four points in 22 games overall this season, "You have to have the want to win and the want to stay alive, so."

Small defencemen have had success in the past in the Western Hockey League including fellow 5-foot-10 blueliners in Tyson Barrie (Kelowna) and Kris Russell (Medicine Hat), both of whom have won the WHL Defenceman of the Year Award during their careers.

"You always look up to the smaller guys when you're one of them," says Galbraith, who lead the Wheat Kings with eight fighting majors this year, "It's easy to say because those guys are real good, but it's hard to be successful in this league if you don't have the grit or the mean personality to do it so that's what I try to do."

Galbraith and the Wheat Kings are preparing for a pair of home games this weekend.

They will host the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night and the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night at Westman Communications Group Place.

Chaff...G Corbin Boes, who missed this past weekend's two games with a concussion, is back practicing this week...F Shayne Wiebe (thumb) and D Ryley Miller (leg) practiced in non-contact jerseys on Tuesday...F Paul Ciarelli (charleyhorse) was on crutches Tuesday, making him a long shot to play this weekend while F Brenden Walker (arm, day-to-day) and F Dominick Favreau (ribs, indefinite) also watched from the seats on Tuesday...Wheat Kings' G Liam Liston and Team Orr beat Team Cherry 12-11 in a shootout in CHL Top Prospects Skills Competition on Tuesday night. The game takes place on Wednesday night.

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