Thursday, 13 October 2011

Proft Handling Extra Ice Time

Carter Proft in practice Thursday
Injuries to forwards Dominick Favreau and Jens Meilleur has not only precipitated the move of rookie defenceman Dylan Kuczek to left-wing, but it also means more responsibility for rookie forward Carter Proft.

Proft was Brandon’s fifth round pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, and notched his first career Western Hockey League goal a week ago in Brandon’s 6-3 home-ice win over the Prince George Cougars.

He spent Wednesday’s game in Spokane patrolling left-wing on the Wheat Kings’ third line with Tyrel Seaman and Bruno Mraz.

“I just have to work hard, be smart defensively and stay within the system, just like everyone else,” said the 6-foot-0, 187 pound Proft after Brandon’s practice Thursday in Kennewick.

Proft’s first career goal came in a goal-mouth scramble, when the rookie went to the front of the net and found a loose puck.

It’s likely the type of goal you’ll see the Spruce Grove, Alberta product score more often than not.

“That’s always the way I’ve played, I haven’t changed it coming here,” said Proft, “Being in people’s faces, working hard, being physical, shooting and being confident.”

Proft’s father, Parie, spent two seasons in the WHL with the Calgary Wranglers in the early 1980’s and then spent four seasons at the University of Alberta, one season with the Canadian National Team (1985-86) and several years playing professionally in Germany.

However, Carter says his dad hasn’t been as influencial on his career and people might think.

“He doesn’t says much, just to be positive. People wouldn’t expect this, but he really stays out of my hockey, for the most part,” said Proft, “He coached me up to Pee Wee, but at that time it’s about skill development, and he’s a lot more skilled than I am.”

Proft had 10 goals and 16 points in 26 games with the St. Albert Raiders of the Alberta Midget Hockey League last season.

Chaff…if you're waiting for 20-year old information, you'll have to be patient until Friday afternoon.  I'm told the deadline for teams to declare their 20-year olds is Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT), not today (Thursday), as I was led to believe...defenceman Rene Hunter was on the ice for the third straight day on this road trip Thursday, and it looks like he getting closer to being ready to return to the Brandon lineup.  He's missed the last two games with a suspected head injury…former Wheat King Scott Glennie was demoted from the NHL’s Dallas Stars to the AHL’s Texas Stars on Thursday. Glennie had begun the season on the Stars’ IR because of a concussion suffered in training camp…the Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday that Brandon product Ryan White had undergone successful surgery to repair a sports hernia…on the Wheat Kings last biennial trip to Kennewick, the Wheat Kings dropped a 5-3 decision to Tri-City on October 21, 2009.

1 comment:

Curious said...

I have another dunb question for you. Why do the practice jersey say WHL not wheatkingd? Is it a cost saying so all teams can buy in bulk? Thanks