Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quenneville Named to Team Pacific

Wheat Kings' rookie John Quenneville has named to
Team Pacific's roster on Thursday
The Brandon Wheat Kings will be well represented at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge next month.

Current Wheat Kings’ forward John Quenneville and prospect Jordan Papirny were named to the Team Pacific roster for the event on Thursday.

“It’s a big honour,” said Quenneville, “So many good players have played there and so many good players are playing there this year.”

The 6-foot-0, 195 pound Quenneville has two goals and five points in 13 games with the Wheat Kings so far this season.

“There’s lots of ups and downs but I learn every day,” said Quenneville, “I’m here taking stuff in, taking in as much in as I can and try to improve as much as I can.”

Papirny, meanwhile, has a 6-1-2 record with a 2.57 goals against average and .911 save percentage with the SSAC Athletics of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

He was one of Brandon’s first round picks in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, 22nd overall.

Team Western is expected to be announced on Friday.

Brandon forward Jayce Hawryluk and Wheat Kings’ prospect Ryley Lindgren are expected to be part of that squad.

Hawryluk is tied for 11th in rookie scoring in the WHL with four goals and 11 points in 17 games while Lindgren is tied for second in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League scoring race with 10 goals and 22 points in 16 games with the Winnipeg Thrashers.

He also had one assist in two games with Brandon this season.

The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be held from December 29th – January 4th in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Quebec.

Chaff…Wheat Kings’ assistant coach David Anning will hold that same position on Team Western under head coach Don MacGillivray…Team Pacific finished fifth and Team Western tenth at last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.

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