Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Lisoway's Rehab Progressing Well

Quintin Lisoway tends a little goal during a ball hockey
session at the Wheat Kings' Hockey School this week.
  Quintin Lisoway hopes to be ready to go by the time the Brandon Wheat Kings open training camp in early September.

  The Neepawa product suffered ACL and MCL damage in his left knee during a game against Lethbridge on March 4th and underwent season-ending knee surgery in late March.

  "Things have been coming along great so far," said Lisoway at this week's Wheat Kings' Hockey School, where he's serving as one of the instructors, "Stepped on the ice for the first time in about 4 1/2 months two weeks ago...that was a great feeling, being back out there."

  Lisoway had nine goals and 20 points in 64 games with Brandon last season while also serving as an alternate captain.

  "I feel it's close to 100 per cent.  It's never going to be 100 per cent of what it was, but it's going to be 100 per cent of what it's going to be now," added Lisoway, "That's the main goal is to just try to get it as close as I can to being 100 per cent."

  Overcoming the knee injury is just one of the challenges ahead for Lisoway this coming year.

  He's also one of five 20-year old players currently on the Wheat Kings' roster.

  "I have to kind of mount a comeback here.  Going into my 20-year old year, I'm fighting for a spot so I think that's the biggest part, just knowing that I'm going to have to battle," said Lisoway, "With me coming back from injury, it's going to be tough but I've been doing everything I can to help with my situation."

  Lisoway joins Tim McGauley, Rihards Bukarts, Colton Waltz and Macoy Erkamps as the current 1995-born players on the Wheat Kings' roster that could fill the three 20-year old spots for the 2015-2016 season.

  Waltz, by the way, is headed to an NHL camp in September.

  He's been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' rookie camp and to play in the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton in mid-September.

Chaff...former Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill has been named the new head coach of the OHL's Owen Sound Attack...Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa have been named finalists to host 2018 IIHF World Juniors.

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