Sunday, 10 May 2015

Pulock Proud of Former 'Mates

Former Wheat Kings' captain Ryan Pulock was named
to the AHL's All-Rookie team in his first pro season.
  One of the interested observers during the first two games of the Western Hockey League’s Championship Series this last weekend was former Wheat Kings’ captain Ryan Pulock.

  Pulock just completed his professional season, being named to the AHL’s all-rookie team after scoring 17 goals and 29 points in 52 games with the New York Islanders’ farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

  Pulock’s season included an emergency recall to the Islanders in December and some time practicing with the team during the Stanley Cup playoffs but the Grandview product is still waiting to make his NHL debut.

  “It was good experience getting called up, especially in the playoffs,” said Pulock on Saturday, “Being around the guys and I took warmup a couple of times, which was kind of cool, and I had a feeling I might get in so there was a litte nerve-wracking moments at times but overall, it was a great experience and I look forward to these upcoming years.”

  The 21-year old Pulock used his 100+ mph slapshot to score 64 goals during his four-year Wheat Kings’ career and unleashed the weapon on the AHL this season, scoring 13 of his 17 goals on the power-play.

  The Islanders first round pick in the 2013 Draft feels he’s close to making the next step and becoming an NHL player.

  “I think it’s close.  I still have to progress and continue to get better, and even when I do take that step, that has to continue if I want to become an elite player,” said Pulock, “For me, have a good summer here and get stronger, faster.  Go back to camp and have a good camp and see where that takes me.”

  Pulock admits he kept pretty close tabs on the Wheat Kings during their 2014-2015 season, watching a number of games online and texting back-and-forth with a few of his former teammates.

  The Grandview, Manitoba product is also proud of whatever small part he may have played in helping this year’s team achieve the success it has.

  “We took good steps last year, coming off the year we had the year before that, we took the right steps forward which the playoff experience the guys got last year really helped them throughout these playoffs,” said Pulock, “This year, they’re so talented and so skilled and it seems like they’ve been focused throughout the whole year and it’s so good to see them have the success they’ve had.”

  Pulock wasn’t the only former Wheat Kings spotted at Westman Communications Group Place this past weekend.

  Jens Meilleur, Matt Calvert, Colby Robak, Corbin Boes, Chad Robinson and Aaron Lewadniuk were among others spotted during the opening two games of the WHL Final.

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