Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Hockey Canada Puts Out Call to Wheat Kings

Nolan Patrick (left), Kale Clague (center) and Tanner Kaspick (right)
are all headed to the U18 Summer Camp next month.
  Hockey Canada has extended invitations to eight Wheat Kings' players and prospects for their national teams' summer showcase in late July and early August.

  Forwards John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk are both headed to the national junior team's summer development camp; Nolan Patrick, Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague are off to the summer under-18 team selection camp while Stelio Mattheos, Ian Mitchell and Jarrod Gourley are all headed to the national under-17 development camp.

  Two Westman players also earned invitations with Elkhorn's Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen headed to the junior camp and Roblins' Josh Brook of the Moose Jaw Warriors skating at the under-17 camp.

  All three camps will take place from July 29th to August 6th at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

  Meanwhile, Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon is taking on a different role with Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.

  In March, McCrimmon was tagged to coach the Under-18 team at this summer's Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

  However, D.J. Smith took an assistant coaching position with the Toronto Maple Leafs, which opened up a spot on Dave Lowry's coaching staff for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship.

  McCrimmon will now move into that role, with Stan Butler taking over the U18 team.

  The promotion means McCrimmon will likely be away from the Wheat Kings for about a month between mid-December and mid-January.

  Assistant coach David Anning will likely serve as Brandon's interim head coach during that time.

  A tenth member of the Wheat Kings' organization is also involved with Hockey Canada this year.

  Brandon's Director of Scouting Wade Klippenstein is one of the scouts for the Under-17 team.

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