Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Schenn Guests on TSN's That's Hockey, and Other Notes

Former Brandon Wheat Kings' co-captain Brayden Schenn guested on TSN's That's Hockey last night.

Schenn has had an interesting month, being traded by the LA Kings to Philadelphia as part of the deal for Flyers' captain Mike Richards on June 23 and spending the past week at Philly's Prospect Camp.

You can watch his interview from TSN at http://watch.tsn.ca/featured#clip499000

Schenn closed out the Prospect Camp in style, notching three goals and four points in a scrimmage on Monday.

There were also a couple of interesting articles on Schenn in the Philadelphia Inquirer and at Philadelphia Sports Daily.

Rob Klinkhammer
Former Brandon Wheat King Rob Klinkhammer is remaining in the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

Klinkhammer agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago yesterday.

The 24-year old had 17 goals and 46 points in 76 games with Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford last night and also made his NHL debut with Chicago on December 10, 2010, suiting up with the Blackhawks for a home-ice win against the Dallas Stars.

 Haven't written on this blog since Friday's trade that saw former Wheat King Eric Fehr dealt by the Washington Capitals to the Winnipeg Jets for prospect Danick Paquette and a fourth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Fehr apparently found out about the trade while standing on the 10th green at the Winkler Centennial Golf Course while taking part in the Winkler Pro-Am.

Fehr had 10 goals and 20 points in 52 games with the Capitals last season and 46 goals in 230 career NHL games but I can see the deal to the Jets allowing his offensive game to flourish a little more.

The 25-year old Winkler product may never find the form that saw him scored 109 goals over his final two seasons with the Wheat Kings (2003-2005) but I could see him becoming a consistent 25-30 goal man if given consistent ice time and little more work on the power-play.

Going to a team that has struggled to score goals (2.66 per game, 20th in the NHL last season) could give him that opportunity.

Fehr had shoulder surgery (again!) following the 2010-11 season and is not expected to be in the Jets' line-up until sometime in November.

Here's some other quick WHL and Wheat Kings' notes today...

- Two WHL teams look ready to hire head coaches. Reports are the Regina Pats are set to announce former Kootenay bench boss Ryan McGill as their new head coach while the Moose Jaw Warriors are expected to hand the keys to former Atlanta Thrashers assistant coach Mike Stothers.

- The WHL's Calgary Hitmen have promoted former Wheat King Dan Bonar to the position of Head Scout. Bonar, a Deloraine, Manitoba product, has spent the past eight seasons with the Hitmen, first as Manitoba Regional Scout and as the club's Travelling Scout for the past six years.

- The Brandon Sun reported over the weekend that the King brothers, Wheaton and Sanfred, are on the move. Sanfred, 21, has committed to attend McGill University in Montreal while Wheaton, who turns 19 next month, invited to training camp by the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Kings finished last season playing with the SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers.

- The Brandon Wheat Kings are accepting applications for their hockey school, which runs from August 8 - 12 at Westman Communications Group Place. The team will offer instruction in four age groups: Novice, Atom, Pee Wee and Bantam. the registration fee is $300 for skaters and $220 for goaltenders, not including GST. For more information or to register, call 726-3535.

- the Wheat Kings are looking for player billets for the upcoming season. For more information, call assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk at 726-3542 or email chewy@wheatkings.com.

- the Wheat Kings announced via Twitter this morning (@bdnwheatkings) that their season ticket sales are closing in on 2,300 for next season and that they expect to annouce a special contest later today.

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