Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Wiebe Inks AHL Deal with Jets

Former Brandon Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The 21-year old Brandon product said he'd been in discussions with the Manitoba Moose since the spring, and that discussion carried over when TNSE acquired the NHL team in late May.

"The hard work has just begun. It's a completely different ball game now, it's competing for a job night-in and night-out," added Wiebe, "One thing that has to always be on your mind is consistency of your game, practice and everything, showing that you can be there and you want to be there."

Wiebe finished in a tie for seventh in the Western Hockey League last season with 44 goals and added 21 assists in 72 games.

This won't be Wiebe's first AHL experience.  He signed an amateur tryout and played one AHL game with the Connecticut Whale last spring after the Wheat Kings were eliminated from the WHL playoffs.

"Shows you what it's all about.  It's almost the same aspect as going from Midget hockey to Junior hockey," said Wiebe, "The guys are faster, bigger and stronger and the only real different is you're competing for a job and your livelihood."

Wiebe is expected to attend the Jets' Rookie Camp in September where, ironically, one of the other players on the ice will be former Wheat King Jordan DePape.

DePape was traded to the Kamloops Blazers for Wiebe back in December of 2009.

Chaff...former Wheat Kings' goaltender Tyler Plante re-signed with the Florida Panthers Wednesday, a one-year, two-way contract.  Plante had a 3.12 GAA in 35 games with the Panthers' AHL affiliate in Rochester last season while also spending a few days in the NHL and serving as a backup in a couple of games...former Wheat King Darcy Werenka has signed a one-year contract with Rouen in France, according to Gregg Drinnan.

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