Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Van Horne Patiently Waiting

Riley Van Horne
  Riley Van Horne is the epitome of biding his time.

  It's been nearly four weeks since the regular season started and the 16-year old Wheat Kings' defenceman is still waiting to make his Western Hockey League debut.

  "Ya'know, just trying to get better in practice and learning from all these older guys and watching them play," said Van Horne after practice on Tuesday, "You have to be patient, that's for sure."

  Van Horne was a fifth round pick of the Wheat Kings in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and is currently buried on Brandon's depth chart by six WHL veterans and fellow rookie Colton Waltz.

  The 6-foot-1, 186 pound Van Horne says he's trying to stay as game-ready as possible through proper mental preparation and good practice habits.

  "All the guys are just telling me to stick with it, don't get down on myself and my time will come and I just need to be ready and be prepared," said Van Horne, "I'm trying to practice a lot harder than I usually would, just to stay in game-shape and game-form and try to do everything like I would in a game."

  A fifth round pick of the Wheat Kings in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Van Horne is one of four 16-year olds still on Brandon's roster which could create an issue moving forward if the Wheat Kings don't find a way to get him in the lineup regularly.

  League guidelines stipulate that teams need to dress 16-year old players for at least 40 games to justify keeping them in the WHL at that age.

Chaff...F Daniel Asham (illness) missed practice on Tuesday...Moose Jaw acquired 20-year old F Jordan Messier from the Tri-City Americans Tuesday in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft...the Americans also traded 19-year old D Sam Grist to Kamloops for a third round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft and a 5th round pick in the 2014 Draft and acquired 17-year-old F Ryan Chynoweth from the Everett Silvertips Tuesday in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft...the deadline for WHL teams to declare their three 20-year old players is Thursday...the Wheat Kings are teaming up with Farm Credit Canada to hosting a stop on thhe Drive Away Hunger tour.  Volunteers from both Heritage Co-op and FCC will be collecting food and cash donations before Friday's game between the Wheat Kings and Everett Silvertips at Westman Communications Group Place.

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