Saturday, 1 September 2012

Quennville Impressing at Wheat Kings' Camp

John Quenneville
One of the rookies impressing at the Brandon Wheat Kings' training camp so far is John Quenneville.

The 6-foot, 195 pound centre was Brandon's third round pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft and is a top candidates to fill one of the many open spots the Wheat Kings have in the forward ranks this season.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta product felt that was motivation for him during the summer.

"You think about it quite a bit so you train a lot harder and work on your skills and everything," said Quennville on Friday, "It's a big goal for everybody, to play at 16 in the WHL, and I did what I had to do to try and make the team."

Quenneville had 33 points in 30 games last season with the Alberta Midget Hockey League's South Side Athletic Club and also played nine games with the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders, producing three assists.

"I'm a two-way forward and I can contribute offensively quite a bit, I think," said Quenneville, "That's the plan. At 16, it's pretty tough for guys to do that, but if I can be a solid two-way guy and then try to add-on."

The 16-year old will continue his push for a roster spot Saturday at Wheat Kings' Training Camp when Team Black faces Team White in scrimmage at 9:30 a.m., following by an Intrasquad Gam at 6:00 p.m.

I'm at a time where there's lots of opportunity up front," adds Quenneville, "It's just about showing the coaching staff what I can do and, hopefully, I can take one of those spots."

Quennville's 2011-2012 season also included helping Alberta win the Western Canadian Under-16 Challenge Cup in Moose Jaw last October, finishing in the top-ten in scoring with five assists in four games.

Chaff...tickets to the Wheat Kings 2012 Home Opener will go on sale this Tuesday at the Keystone Centre box office. In addition to purchasing tickets at the box office or by calling 726-3555, fans can also order online by visiting www.keystonecentre.com. The Wheat Kings host Regina Friday, September 21st to open their WHL regular season.

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