Thursday, 20 September 2012

Pulock Wheat Kings' New Captain

Ryan Pulock
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When the curtain goes up on the 2012-13 Western Hockey League season Friday night at Westman Communications Group Place, 18-year old defenceman Ryan Pulock will be wearing the “C” on his Brandon Wheat Kings’ jersey.

The WHL club has confirmed that the Grandview, Manitoba product, who is entering his third season with the Wheat Kings, will become the 56th Captain in franchise history.

"In the past years, there's been quite a few very good captains.  I feel I have big shoes to fill but I'm ready for it," Pulock told me after practice Thursday, "This organization has a great tradition and to be named the captain is quite the honour.  Definitely, having the respect and responsibilities from the coaches and even my teammates is nice too."
Pulock, who has led Brandon’s blueliners in scoring for the past two seasons, replaces Mark Stone who has graduated from the junior ranks and is about to begin Training Camp with the Ottawa Senators American Hockey League affiliate in Binghampton, New York.

Pulock played his rookie season (2010-2011) under captain Shayne Wiebe.

"Those guys are well respected guys, they come to the rink ready to work every day and teach the young guys and even the older guys what they can teach them," said Pulock, "They did a great job and, hopefully, I can follow that path."

Serving as the club's alternates this season will be veterans Ryley Miller, Jens Meilleur and Tyrel Seaman.

A former seventh round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings in 2009, Ryan was the third highest scoring defenceman in the WHL in 2011-12, setting career highs for goals (19), assists (41) and points (60). His 42 points as a rookie in 2010-11 established a new club record for 16-year old defencemen, breaking the previous standard set by Wade Redden (39) in 1993-94.

Pulock and the Wheat Kings will bring the curtain up on their 2012-13 regular season this weekend with a home and home series with the Regina Pats, beginning Friday night in Brandon.

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