Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Quenneville Earns Wheat Kings' 'C'

The Wheat Kings' '14-15 leadership group (L-to-R):
Eric Roy, Peter Quenneville, Quintin Lisoway and Colton Waltz
  Before the Wheat Kings get down to business on a seven-game road trip, they completed a little unfinished business on Tuesday.
  The club named 20-year old forward Peter Quenneville the 57th captain in franchise history, with Colton Waltz, Eric Roy and Quintin Lisoway named alternate captains for the 2014-2015 season.
  “Coming into this year, I just tried to be mature and to point guys in the right direction,” said Quenneville after the Wheat Kings’ practice in Prince George on Tuesday, “And just give some wisdom on stuff that I may have gone through when I was a younger player and help a very talented core of 17, 18 and 19-year olds.”
  Quenneville succeeds Ryan Pulock as the Wheat Kings’ captain after Pulock turned pro this season, and joins the likes of Shayne Wiebe, Darryl Boyle and Mark Derlago as players to wear Brandon’s captaincy in only their 20-year old season.
  The best comparison might be Wiebe, who also joined Brandon mid-season as a 19-year old before being captain in his final junior season.
  The list of Wheat Kings’ captain is definitely impressive, and something the Edmonton product certainly has respect for.
  “We have the big board in the room, and you definitely see it every day,” said Quenneville, “For me, it was something that was a goal of mine to try and get my name up there and be one of those guys that had the fortunate opportunity to lead their team.”
  Captains often fit into two groups – the strong, silent type that are largely to lead by example OR the type who are more of the rally the troops, rah-rah type.
  Quenneville feels he falls somewhere in the middle.
  “When I do speak, try to be pointing out stuff that I see that can help the team or provide a little insight for guys but also be the guy that knows when not to talk and is comfortable in not talking too much,” said Quenneville, “Just put my head down, working hard and doing whatever the team needs to win.”
  Quenneville also has the experience of having won a championship, being a member of the USHL champion Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2012-2013.
  Ironically, Quenneville will wear the ‘C’ for the first time Wednesday night when the Wheat Kings open a seven-game road trip by visiting the Prince George Cougars.
  Quenneville was originally drafted by the Cougars in the fourth round of the 2009 Bantam Draft and attending Rookie Camp with Prince George that year.
  However, he chose to pursue the U.S. College route until his rights were acquired by the Wheat Kings from Prince George for a third round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft in November of 2013.
Chaff...Quenneville takes a five-game point streak into Wednesday’s contest (3 G, 6 A)...Rihards Bukarts is on a seven-game point streak (4 G, 10 A)...D Ryan Pilon has points in four straight games (0 G, 6 A)...Brandon’s last winning record on this annual late-October road trip came in 2011-2012, when they went 4-3-0-0 against the five U.S. Division teams + Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.

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