Thursday, 28 August 2014

Dechaine Looking to Impress, Again

Josh Dechaine
  The Brandon Wheat Kings' training camp is a lot different for goaltender Josh Dechaine this year than it was 12 months ago.

  The 16-year old St. Albert, Alberta product attended Brandon's 2013 camp as an unlisted free agent and played his way onto the Wheat Kings' protected list.

  "I want to come here and make my mark, I want to do a good job coming here and make a tough decision for the coaches," said Dechaine, "I know there's a spot there so I hope to make my mark out here and hope to go far."

  Dechaine is one of three netminders at rookie camp that are vying for the backup spot behind returning Wheat Kings' goaltender Jordan Papirny, with 17-year olds Logan Thompson and Evan Robert also in the mix.

  "Right now, I'm just going day-by-day, skate-by-skate and shot-by-shot," said Dechaine, "Just kind of making it there, I guess."

  The 6-foot-1, 170 pound Dechaine played with the St. Albert Flyers in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League in 2013-2014, compiling an 8-5-4 record with a 2.42 goals against average and .924 save percentage in 1,018 minutes played.

  2014 Bantam Draft picks Hunter Arps and Justin Klassen are the other two netminders at rookie camp for the Wheat Kings.

  Neither of them is eligible to play full-time in the Western Hockey League this season.

Chaff...Papirny has been invited to the Montreal Canadiens' rookie camp next month after impressing at the Habs' Development Camp in July...Brandon's rookie camp concludes Thursday night with a scrimmage a 6 p.m. at Westman Communications Group Place.  Main camp begins on Friday morning.

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