Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Pulock, Seaman set to Don Red & White

Tyrel Seaman
Two members of the Brandon Wheat Kings are headed to Calgary this weekend for Hockey Canada's Under-18 Selection Camp.

Centre Tyrel Seaman and defenceman Ryan Pulock are the among the 42 players who'll try to make Canada's roster for the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament that begins in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in mid-August.

"It's an honour just to get the invite to the camp...for sure, it'd be quite the experience to make the team and get a chance to play for your country," said Pulock, who had eight goals and 42 points in 63 games in his rookie season with the Wheat Kings, "It's such a quick camp, you have to be ready to go once you get there because if you aren't, you're going to be one step behind everyone."

"You have to be ready to hit the ice, going 110 per cent as soon as you get there," said Seaman, "There's no time to settle into it because you only have six ice sessions to get noticed."

Making the final 22 player roster will be one thing for Seaman.

Ryan Pulock
The other is possibly impressing any NHL scouts that might be on hand.

Seaman was among the 26 Western Hockey League players mentioned in the NHL Central Scouting Service's preliminary Futures List of North American players for the 2012 Entry Draft.

"You still just have to concentrate on what you have going on at the time, kind of just live in the moment," said Seaman, who had three goals and eight points in 52 games last season, "You can't worry about what's 11 months down the road, you have to worry about right now."

During the four days of the Selection Camp, the players will be divided into two teams with each squad practicing three times and playing three intrasquad games.

"I feel I just need to go there and play how I usually play," said Pulock, who isn't eligible for the NHL draft until 2013, "If I do that well and work hard, I hope to catch their eye that way."

The camp begins Saturday with the final roster expected to be announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Chaff...Winnipeg product Brendan Leipsic of the Portland Winterhawks is the only other Manitoban invited to the camp...Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge has been moved from Winnipeg to Windsor, Ontario...former Wheat Kings' goaltender Andrew Hayes won't be attending the University of Regina after all. Sources tell me he'll sign with the ECHL's Alaska Aces this week and also attending training camp with the AHL's Peoria was announced Wednesday that Kelowna will host the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday, February 1.

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