Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Wheat Kings' Prospect Hawryluk Off to Good Start

Hawryluk in action at Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup
The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was a great experience, according to Brandon Wheat Kings’ prospect Jayce Hawryluk.

The Roblin product led Team Manitoba and tied for second in tournament scoring with three goals and seven points in four games, helping Manitoba to a second-place finish and being named to the All-Star team.

“It was unreal, words can’t describe it, everything about it was great,” said Hawryluk Sunday after helping his Parkland Rangers to a 6-5 shootout win over Brandon in MMHL action, “I had a great tournament. The first few games were great, and even as the tournament went on, I just kept picking it and the legs were there and I had great energy. We jelled together in a short period of time, which helped a lot.”

Hawryluk was Brandon’s second round pick (32nd overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, a pick the Wheat Kings acquired from Saskatoon as part of the Brayden Schenn deal last January.

The 5-foot-10, 165 pound Hawryluk is currently tied for 15th in scoring in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League, scoring nine goals and 18 points in 11 games with the Rangers.

“I’ve found it relatively smooth so far,” said Hawryluk on the transition to the AAA Midget ranks, “Last year, I wasn’t as big. Last year, people were worrying about size but I’ve found it relatively smooth so far.”

Parkland is coached by Doug Hedley, who has many years of experience at the Junior A level including stints with the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings and OCN Blizzard, and is a former MJHL and SJHL Coach of the Year.

“He’s a great coach, he has a lot of tips for me,” said Hawryluk, “ Next year, when I’ll hopefully make the Brandon Wheat Kings, we’ve talked a lot about what I need to do to make the squad and listen to the coaches. He’s a great help, it’s great to have him as a coach.”

Hawryluk is one of the many Wheat Kings’ prospects who are having good starts to their 2011-2012 season so far.

Ryley Lindgren, Dallas Starodub and Brett Kitt were all teammates of Hawryluk at the U16 Challenge Cup after being chosen by Brandon in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

Tim McGauley, who was assigned to the Notre Dame Hounds of the SMHL after playing the first two games of the season with the Wheat Kings, is 6th in league scoring with 11 goals and 21 points in 13 games while defenceman Colton Waltz has one goal and two points in seven games with the AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs after starting with the season with Brandon.

Kord Pankewicz, Mitch Collett, Kyler Hehn, Taylor Cooper and John Quenneville are all among the league-leaders in scoring in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League.

Hehn is tied for 7th with five goals and 14 points in 11 games with the St. Albert Sports Raiders; Collett has seven goals and 13 points in 10 games with the Calgary Buffaloes; Pankewicz has four goals and 11 points in 10 games with the Leduc Oil Kings and Cooper has four goals and 10 points in 10 games with the Sherwood Park J.Ennis Kings and Quenneville has four goals and nine points in 8 games with the SSAC Athletics and played with Alberta at the U16 Challenge Cup.

In goal, Tyler Fuhr has a 2.41 GAA and .906 SPCT in five games with Sherwood Park while Jordan Papirny is playing with the SSAC Athletics, and was named the All-Star goaltender at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.

Here's Sunday's full interview with Jayce...

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