Thursday, 1 September 2011

Lindgren Enjoying First Camp Experience

Ryley Lindgren
Ryley Lindgren is getting his first taste of the Western Hockey League at Wheat Kings' camp this week.

The 15-year old from East St. Paul, Manitoba was unable to attend Brandon's Prospects Camp in May because it conflicted with Hockey Manitoba's POE Camp for the Under-16 team.

"It's a great experience out here. The compete level is realy high, everyone's just strong calibre players," said Lindgren after Thursday's scrimmage at Rookie Camp, "It's really good to get out of the city for a little bit and just play hockey."

Lindgren was one of Brandon's fifth round picks in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft (96th overall) and one of only four Manitobans chosen by the Wheat Kings last May.

Brett Kitt, Dallas Starodub and Jayce Hawryluk were the others.

"I was super-excited. It's close to home, a great organization," says Lindgren, "I've always grown up coming to Wheat Kings' games so I was super-excited."

Lindgren notched 21 goals and 45 points in 30 games with the Winnipeg Bantam AAA Sharks last season.

He's expected to make the jump to AAA Midget this season, and is also one of the 28 players still remaining on the Team Manitoba's Under-16 roster for the Western Canada Challenge Cup in late October.

"I put a lot of work in. I get a lot of motivational stuff from my parents, because they're always pushing me to get better, work on my shot and that type of thing," says the 5-foot-10, 155 pound Lindgren, "It's a real honour to maybe get the opportunity to represent Manitoba and maybe play in that Western Challenge in Moose Jaw."

Chaff...Jack Palmer had two goals and two assists as Team White beat Team Black 7-1 in the final Rookie Camp scrimmage on Thursday morning...the Wheat Kings' Rookie Camp concludes Thursday night with an intrasquad game at 6:00 p.m. Main Camp begins on Friday morning...the Winnipeg Jets unveiled their roster for their Rookie Camp and the Young Stars tournament in Penticton next week. The 22-player roster includes former Brandon Wheat Kings Shayne Wiebe, Jordan DePape and Klarc Wilson. Wiebe signed an AHL contract with the Jets in July while DePape and Wilson both have junior eligibility remaining.


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