Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Favreau "Make or Break Year for Me"

Dominick Favreau takes a break in practice Tuesday
In some ways, there was probably a sense of relief for Dominick Favreau after the Wheat Kings trimmed their roster on Tuesday including sending 16-year old forwards Tim McGauley and Taylor Cooper back to the AAA Midget ranks for the 2011-2012 season.

The 19-year old Favreau saw mainly fourth line duty with the Wheat Kings a year ago after being acquired in an October trade with the Regina Pats that saw defenceman Mark Schneider head to the Queen City.

His spot this year was likely in jeopardy with the likes of McGauley, Cooper and other younger forwards in the mix for a roster spot.

"It's a make-or-break year for me this year so I worked hard in the off-season and everything has worked out for me so far," said Favreau after practice on Tuesday, "I'm playing with two really good linemates and happened to put some points on the board. We have a lot of young guys coming up so, hopefully, they can learn from me and I can learn from them."

The Martensville, Saskatchewan product led the Wheat Kings in pre-season scoring with three goals and five points, and has two assists in the first two games of the regular season.

However, offensive numbers aren't the only focus for Favreau.

"Numbers are one thing, but you have to play your position and do the little things right, which lead into points," said Favreau, who had five goals and 13 points in 39 games with Brandon last season, "I'm just trying to do the little things right and if that leads into a point here or there, great."

Brandon hits the road Wednesday for a matchup with the Swift Current Broncos (7:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...Brenden Walker practiced without restrictions on Tuesday, and could return to the Wheat Kings' lineup as early as this weekend...former Wheat King Jomar Cruz has been named interim head coach of the MJHL's OCN Blizzard...former Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe was sent to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps by the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday...former Wheat Kings Brett McLean and Brent Raedeke and Brandon product Brock Trotter were among other players sent to the AHL by the NHL teams on Tuesday...the Manitoba Bisons named their leadership group Tuesday, with Brandonite Mike Hellyer captain for the second straight season and former Wheat King Tyler Dittmer one of the alternate captains...former Wheat King Jan Fadrny has signed a one-year contract with Königsbrunn in the German Elite League.

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