Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Boes had a Ball During Off-Season

Brandon Wheat Kings' goaltender Corbin Boes had an interesting off-season this past summer, and not all of it had to do with training for his second Western Hockey League season.

The 18-year old also won a bronze medal with Team Saskatchewan at the National Ball Hockey Championship in his hometown of Saskatoon.

Boes got into the sport almost by accident, filling in on a buddy's team when their regular goaltender couldn't make it.

"I've played the last two summers. You rely more on positioning and your sliding and stuff," said Boes after practice Monday, "We took home a bronze medal, which was good for the Saskatchewan Ball Hockey Association because they've never medalled before...it was a good experience."

The Championship in late July came after Boes participated in the WHL Ride for Kids.

The marathon cycling event raised more than $150,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation in Saskatchewan.

Boes' leg included riding from Saskatoon to Rosetown.

"That was a long bike ride, definitely one of the hardest things I've done. It was a hot day, and the pace car was at 42 km/h but I couldn't keep up to that pace," said Boes, "We had to get a second pace car at about 28 km/h. It was a good experience and got to meet some great guys."

In addition to Boes and other currently WHL players, alumni such as Kelly Chase, Curtis Leschyshyn, Rhett Warrener, Riley Armstrong, Mike Keane and Darcy Hordichuk also participated in the event.

"They're all nice guys," said Boes, "They all have some wisdom with them so it was nice just to hang around with them for that day."

The training part of the summer also agreed with Boes.

He grew about an inch and gained about 20 pounds during the summer, and now fills the net at 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds.

The hard work paid off on the opening weekend as he earned back-to-back starts, stopping 50 of 55 shots as the Wheat Kings split their season opening home-and-home series with Moose Jaw.

"That's what I worked for all summer. I wanted to become bigger, fast, stronger and I think I did that," said Boes, "I think I worked hard over camp and the first few weeks of practice and I'm glad I earned it."

Boes felt he played two consistent games, and it's something he wants to continue to build on.

Chaff...former Wheat King Lance Monych has signed a one-year contract with the Ratinger Ice Aliens of the German Elite League...the Wheat Kings announced Monday that they have nnow sold more than 2,900 season tickets...single game tickets for all of Brandon's remaining regular season games went on sale Tuesday morning...the Tennessean has a story on former Wheat King Jordin Tootoo and his new prespective after stint in NHL's substance abuse program...a report on TSN says former Wheat Kings' captain Keith Aulie isn't a lock to open the season on the Maple Leafs' blueline.

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