The 6-foot-0, 161 pound Goethals was listed by the Wheat Kings last September and went on to have an outstanding 2014-2015 season that saw him named a first-team all-star in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
The Ile des Chenes product scored 32 goals and 55 points in 40 games with the Eastman Selects and also saw action in two playoff games for the MJHL's Selkirk Steelers.
"I think I see the ice very well, making plays and definitely when I get a chance to bury it, I try my best to do that," said Goethals on the first day of Wheat Kings' training camp on Wednesday, "Just working hard, coming to the game prepared and never taking a shift off."
Goethals had a chance to attend the Wheat Kings' Prospects Camp in May so being at camp is a totally new experience for the 17-year old.
Regardless, he knows its a whole different experience this fall.
"Prospect Camp was just to get to know the boys and get on the ice and see the team and stuff," said Goethals, "Coming into this weekend, I have to be focused and I'm really looking forward to trying to get a spot on the team."
The first scrimmage of the Wheat Kings' Rookie Camp was held Wednesday night with 2015 third round pick Rylan Bettens scoring twice to lead Team Gold to an 8-3 win over Team White.
There are two scrimmages scheduled for Thursday (10 a.m. and 6 p.m.).
|A'sst coach Darren Ritchie goes over a drill during Team Gold |
practice Wednesday at Wheat Kings' training camp.