Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Swyripa Wants to Help Fill Offensive Void

Jason Swyripa is looking for better numbers in 2012-13
Jason Swyripa is hoping to have a bounce-back year for the Brandon Wheat Kings this season.

The 19-year old tallied just six goals and 16 points in 67 games last season and admits it was a disappointing year for him.

"Very disappointed in what happened...I would have liked to have had a lot better season than what I did, but it is how it is," said Swyripa after practice on Tuesday, "I'm just looking forward to getting better and that's all you can do is take strides forward as much as you can."

Swyripa says he worked all summer to try and jump into an expanded role this year.

"It's all preparation, like how you eat, how you fuel your body," said Swyripa, one of only two forwards entering their third-year with the Wheat Kings, "Your body is a machine and you have to fuel it right. Working out, everything, it's all about preparation and getting your body working properly for the year."

The Wheat Kings will likely do a lot of their scoring by committee this season and Swyripa wants to be part of that committee.

The Calgary product was always a big scorer in minor hockey, including 25 goals and 43 points in 27 games as a 16-year old with the AMHL's UFA Bisons in 2009-2010 and 107 points in 33 games in his final year of Bantam hockey with the Airdrie Xtreme in 2007-2008.

He still feels that offensive ability to still there.

"I feel confident in what I can do. We have a good group of guys and I feel I can fill a little bit of the void coming up," said Swyripa, "I'm happy and I'm looking forward to it."

Swyripa and the Wheat Kings practiced for the first time as a team Tuesday in preparation for their first pre-season game.

That takes place Thursday night in Regina.

Chaff...Jens Meilleur and Dominick Favreau both skated Tuesday after both players sat out training camp with sore backs. Meilleur wore a no-contact jersey...with 32 players on the roster, the Wheat Kings split two groups for practice Tuesday and were joined by several pros including Mark Stone, Colby Robak, Brett Skinner, Brodie Melnychuk, Tyler Plante and Ryan Craig.

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