Friday, 25 September 2015

Kaspick Looks to Build on Pre-Season Success

Tanner Kaspick
  Second-year Wheat Kings' forward Tanner Kaspick is hoping the pre-season is a sign of things to come.

  The Brandon product led the team in scoring with four goals and seven points in four pre-season games after notching just a single goal (and adding 17 assists) in 53 games during this rookie season last year.

  "It's nice to see the puck go in the net kind of thing, just to bring back that memory," said Kaspick, who'll be playing in his first home opener Friday, "It's good for the confidence and I just want to keep building from there."

  Kaspick had a memoriable off-season, helping Canada to an eighth straight gold medal at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in August along with Brandon teammates Nolan Patrick and Kale Clague.

  That experience plus what he gained in 2014-2015 is making the Brandon product very confident about what lies ahead in 2015-2016.

  "It's a bigger difference than I thought it would be.  I feel a lot more comfortable and a lot more comfortable with the puck," said Kaspick, who's eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, "Just kind of got my feet wet last year, learning a lot about the league, and just looking to have a bigger impact this year."

  The Wheat Kings open their regular season Friday night, hosting the Swift Current Broncos at Westman Communications Group Place.

  The pre-game festivities, including the unveiling of the three banners Brandon won last season and the ceremonial opening faceoff with Wade Redden and Geoff McIntosh, begin at 7:20 p.m.

Former Wheat King Jordin Tootoo tweeted
 out this picture of himself and current Wheat King
 John Quenneville on Thursday. Quenneville is
 missing Brandon's home opener for the second
 straight season.

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