Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Lewis No Longer Diminutive

Ty Lewis
  When Ty Lewis was selected by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the third round of the 2013 Bantam Draft, he was listed at 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds.

  That led to obvious questions about whether the Brandon product would be big enough to play in the Western Hockey League.

  Well, you don't have to wonder any longer.

  This fall, the 17-year old Lewis checked into training camp at 5-foot-11 and 186 pound, growing some 3 1/2 inches and putting on more than 45 pounds in the last 30 months.

  Lewis credits the Wheat Kings' strength and conditioning program for getting him to this point.

  "Jim Frederickson and FPC (Frederickson Performance Centre) have been phenominal with me over the last couple of summers and have spent a lot of time with me to try and put on weight and get size and muscle on me," said Lewis this week, "I owe a lot to him because he's been tremendous to me, and luckily I grew a few inches as well."

  Lewis missed the first half of last season after suffering a broken arm during training camp, eventually appearing in five regular season and playoff games with the Wheat Kings while also putting up 16 goals and 32 points in 21 regular season and playoff games with the AAA Midget Wheat Kings.

  He says the extra size has made a difference in the way he plays the game.

  "In the corners, you have a little more strength, a little more size so it helps fight off checks a little more," said Lewis, "It's just being stronger on pucks and it helps pretty much everywhere on the ice, just being able to be stronger and battle for loose pucks."

  Lewis is one of ten rookies on the Wheat Kings' pre-season roster and looks poised to join his 2013 Bantam Draft mates Tanner Kaspick, Nolan Patrick and Kale Clague on Brandon's full-time roster this season.

  "I think a lot of success comes with hard work.  It's something that I've always focused on," said Lewis, "I think if I play my game, work hard, the success will come."

  Lewis and the Wheat Kings will continue their pre-season schedule this coming weekend, hosting hosting Moose Jaw on Friday (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place) before visiting the Warriors on Saturday.

Chaff...the Everett Silvertips acquired F Brandon Ralph, 19, from the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday for a fourth round pick in the 2016 Bantam Draft...former Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Detroit 5-2 Tuesday in the final of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament...Colton Waltz, Rihards Bukarts, Jordan Papirny and Oilers' rookies wrap up their four-game Rookie Camp with a game against the Alberta Golden Bears Wednesday night in Edmonton....Ron Toigo, the majority owner of the Vancouver Giants, told TSN Radio Vancouver on Tuesday that he expects F Tyler Benson to be out between three and five weeks.  Benson underwent surgery on a 'lower body ailment' earlier this month.

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