Monday, 16 May 2011

Monday Morning Ramblings


- Former Brandon Wheat King Jacob DeSerres and the Saint John Sea Dogs are Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champions. DeSerres made 34 saves as the Sea Dogs beat Gatineau 3-2 in double overtime last night, winning the QMJHL Championship series 4-2. DeSerres finished the playoffs with a 12-3 record, 2.00 goals against average and .916 save percentage.

- DeSerres is now believed to be just the second player in CHL history to reach the Memorial Cup in back-to-back years with teams in different leagues. Defenceman Robert Savard turned the trick in the early '80's, playing with Cornwall of the QMJHL in the Memorial Cup in 1980 and 1981 and again with the OHL's Kitchener Rangers in 1982.

- Neate Sager of Yahoo Sports has more on DeSerres here while our friend at Station Nation recaps the Game #6 victory here.

- The Owen Sound Attack took home the Ontario Hockey League title yesterday, beating the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3-2 in double overtime in Game #7 of the OHL Final. The Attack, Sea Dogs, WHL Champion Kootenay Ice and most Mississauga make up the field for the Memorial Cup Tournament. It begins on Friday.

- It's been pretty quiet on the Wheat Kings' front since the Bantam Draft on May 5, but that'll change later this month. The club is scheduled to hold its Spring Prospects Camp from May 27-29. Because of the Memorial Cup, Brandon did not hold a Spring Camp last year.

- Most of Brandon's Manitoba prospects aren't expected to be at the Prospects Camp. The dates coincide with Hockey Manitoba's Top-40 POE camps in Winnipeg, shutting the door on just about every Manitoba-born prospect on the Wheat Kings' protected list. Newly drafted Jayce Hawryluk and Brett Kitt are among those that are scheduled to be at the POE Camps. Here's a look at the Wheat Kings' prospects headed to the POE Camps:

1995-Born Players
D Garrett Bruce
D Nolan Speiss
F Matthew Hadley
F Daniel Taillefer
F Quintin Lisoway

1996-Born Players
F Jayce Hawryluk
F Brett Kitt
F Dallas Starodub
F Ryley Lindgren

- When the Wheat Kings announced that the price of their 2011-2012 Season Tickets will remain unchanged for the third straight season at 9:28 p.m. on Sunday, March 6th, it was said the price remained the same as this past season ($325 for Adults) if renewed and paid by June 10th. Now, the advertisement on the club's home page (www.wheatkings.com) says June 14th. Does that mean it's been extended by four days? I haven't seen anything official from the club saying they extended the deadline, but based on this information, one would have to say YES.

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