Sunday, 25 May 2014

BWK Prospects Camp Concludes

Jarrod Gourlay
  Wade Allison scored a pair of goals as Team White defeated Team Black 7-5 in an intrasquad game Sunday that concluded the Brandon Wheat Kings' annual Prospects Camp.

  28 prospects participated in the camp including ten players that were chosen by Brandon in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft earlier this month.

  "I've learned a lot about the WHL scholarship program, but also from the Wheat Kings...the high school programming looks phenominal," said defenceman Jarrod Gourlay on Sunday, "They're really strict about school, and that makes my parents happy as well as myself, just to know they care about us."

  Gourley was Brandon's third round pick, so this weekend was not only about gathering more information, it was also about getting to meet some future teammates.

  "Everybody's getting to know everybody," said Gourlay, "We all new with each other but we're already bonding and, you know what, it's going to be a fun group of guys too."

  While Gourlay and his fellow 1999-born prospects were being introduced to the Wheat Kings' organization for the first time, the Prospects Camp meant a little something different to other players.
 
Dakota Boutin
  Dakota Boutin was a third round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft and, as a 1997-born player, is looking to crack the roster on a full-time basis this fall.

  "The first two years is kind of a learning process, getting to know the coaching staff, getting to know your way around," said Boutin, "Coming into my third Prospects Camp, it's a little more of a showcase and trying to make the best impression I can."

  Boutin also says he gains inspiration from the success his former Moosomin minor hockey teammate Jesse Gabrielle had with the Wheat Kings during the 2013-14 season.

  "To see an old buddy from my hometown play and have success, it gives me a lot of motivation to come in and join this club," said Boutin, who had a goal in a losing cause for Team Black on Sunday.

  Boutin has been bothered by a nagging should injury that caused him to miss the end of the regular season and be at less than 100 per cent during the playoffs.

  The triple overtime hero of the 2014 Telus Cup for the Prince Albert Mintos feels he'll be 100 per cent by the time training camp rolls around in late August.

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