Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Seaman Close to Return

Tyrel Seaman waits for his turn during a drill at
Wheat Kings' practice on Tuesday
It may not be Wednesday night, but it looks like Tyrel Seaman is getting close to returning to the Brandon Wheat Kings' lineup.

Seaman has missed the last 2 1/2 months with a concussion, an injury that came on December 28th in his first game back after missing a month with another concussion suffered on November 25th.

The end result is Seaman has missed all but on Brandon's last 39 games but the second-year centre has been practicing fully with the Wheat Kings for the past week and is excited to be this close to being back.

"Getting close, getting excited, I want to be back playing and contributing to the games and everything," said Seaman after Tuesday's practice, "Back with the guys all the time, it's been good."

Seaman has six goals and 17 points in 28 games this season and was ranked 50th among North American skaters in the midterm rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The one thing the Seaman will have to overcome as he returns as the physcology of going into a game and taking hits.

The 6-foot-2, 207 pounder doesn't believe that'll be an issue.

"Most of that is just mental focus. You have to have a mindset that it was just a freak accident and its not going to happen again," said Seaman, "You have to keep playing physical...you can't change you game up because of it, you have to keep going with how you played before."

Five players were on the sidelines for Brandon's practice on Tuesday including goaltender Brandon Snderson, who is out indefinitely with what's the team has termed as personal issues.

Kevin Sundher (concussion symptoms), Dylan Kuczek (shoulder), Daniel Asham (knee) and Rene Hunter (unknown) also missed practice, though neither Asham and Hunter are on the WHL's Injury Report this week.

The Wheat Kings visit the Regina Pats Wednesday night as they try to bounce back from Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Pats that ended a three-game winning streak.

Brandon enters Wednesday's action sitting in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind seventh-place Saskatoon and three behind the sixth-place Pats with six games left in the regular season.

Chaff...Brandon product Mike Hellyer has signed with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads. The 25-year old Hellyer saw his university career end this past weekend when the Manitoba Bisons were ousted from the Canada West playoffs. Hellyer played five seasons with the Bisons, scoring 36 goals and 98 points in 136 games...Winnipeg Blue Bomber players Buck Pierce and Glenn January will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs during both intermissions at Friday's Wheat Kings' home game against the Saskatoon Blades. The duo will also be a part of the opening ceremonies.

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