Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quenneville Looking Forward to Pro Camp

Peter Quenneville
  One of the major decisions the Brandon Wheat Kings have yet to make has nothing to do with their roster.

  After two years as captain, Ryan Pulock has moved to the pro ranks and a new captain is expected to be named later this month.

  20-year olds Peter Quenneville and Eric Roy, returning alternate captain Colton Waltz and third-year forward John Quenneville are among the prime candidates to fill the void.

  "Definitely something I've thought about all summer, and just tried to be a leader just by sticking around and being one of those 8-9 guys that stayed here all summer and build that core of guys that were around here and focusing for the season," said Peter Quenneville, "I feel like this winter will, for sure, be a good chance to me to step up as a leader."

  This month has also been one of firsts for Quenneville.

  The product of Edmonton, Alberta was still at Quinnipiac University at this time a year ago so he's got to experience his first Wheat Kings' training camp, his first WHL pre-season and, now, gets a chance to attend his first NHL Rookie Camp.

  Quenneville was a seventh round pick of Columbus in the 2013 NHL Draft but couldn't attend the Blue Jackets' camp last September because U.S. College players cannot attend pro camps.

  "The day I left school I was essentially becoming a pro and just thinking about the day I could test myself against their best prospects alongside them and against other teams' guys," said Quenneville, "You're not only showing for the team you're drafted by, but the entire NHL.  I'm just looking forward to the opportunity."

  Quenneville and the Blue Jackets' prospects will play in the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament that begins this Friday.

  John Quenneville (New Jersey), Jayce Hawryluk (Florida), Richard Nejezchleb (NY Rangers), Eric Roy (Calgary) and Jordan Papirny (Montreal) are also off to pro camps this week.

  Meanwhile, former Wheat Kings' goaltender Jacob DeSerres has been invited to the Florida Panthers' Rookie Camp.

  DeSerres has spent the last three seasons playing at the University of Calgary, and is expected to return to the Dinos this year.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings announced Sunday that they had exceed 2,100 season tickets sold for the 2014-2015 season...the Moose Jaw Warriors traded 18-year forward Josh Uhrich to the Saskatoon Blades Monday for a fourth round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft.  The  Warriors also sent forward 18-year old Colton McCarthy to the Prince Albert Raiders for a 2016 sixth-round pick on Sunday...former Spokane Chiefs' captain Reid Gow has registered at the University of Manitoba and is expected to play with the Bisons this season.

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