Friday, 1 June 2012

Hawryluk Builds Toward Fall

Jayce Hawryluk is one of 34 players taking part in this
weekend's Brandon Wheat Kings' Prospects Camp
Jayce Hawryluk is one of the players at this weekend's Prospects Camp that was a good chance at being in a Brandon Wheat Kings' uniform on a full-time basis this fall.

The 16-year old Roblin product finished fourth in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League in scoring with past season, notching 31 goals and 67 points in 40 games with the Parkland Rangers.

"It was a good building year for me, for sure," said Hawryluk, who played under former MJHL Coach of the Year Doug Hedley with the Rangers, "I learned a lot in AAA Midget and I'm hopefully ready to take the next step."

A smallish forward that plays with a little bit of an edge, Hawryluk could fill one of the many open forward spots for a Wheat Kings' team that isn't expecting six of their top seven scoring forwards back for 2012-2013.

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound Hawryluk feels he needs a serious summer of training to make that happen.

"I'm moving to Brandon in July to start training with (Wheat Kings' conditioning coach) Jim Frederickson and, hopefully, he can get me ready," said Hawryluk on Friday, "Hopefully, get on the ice a lot and get ready for camp. There's always work to do, you can always improve yourself."

Hawryluk is one of 34 players taking part in the Wheat Kings' Prospects Camp this weekend.

The camp continues Saturday with on-ice sessions at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., physical testing and a seminar for the 1997-born players and their parents.

An intrasquad game Sunday at 10 a.m. at Westman Communications Group Place will bring the curtain down on the Prospects Camp.

Chaff...former Wheat Kings' Ryan Craig and Colby Robak are helping out with the Wheat Kings' on-ice sessions during Prospects Camp...St. Louis inked Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks to an entry-level contract on Friday. Rattie is a former bantam teammate of Wheat Kings' forward Jason Swyripa when the duo were with the Airdrie Extreme.

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