Thursday, 5 November 2015

Wheat Kings Pick up Harrison

Luke Harrison
  The Brandon Wheat Kings acquired some depth at forward Thursday, picking up 20-year old Luke Harrison from the Spokane Chiefs for a conditional 11th-round pick in the 2016 Bantam Draft.

  Harrison joins a Wheat Kings' team that had just nine forwards practice on Thursday because of various injuries or illness, plus Stelio Mattheos remains away at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  "We're going through a stretch where we're down a few guys with some illness, some injuries and Stelio away at the Under-17," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "We dressed 19 players our last two games and I didn't want to see us go through the next stretch here shorthanded."

  Harrison had 12 goals and 23 points in 69 games with Kamloops last season and was pointless in four games with Blazers this year before being acquired by the Chiefs in the 20-year old waiver draft on October 15th.

  He had two goals and two points in seven games with Spokane but was pushed out there when San Jose assigned 40-goal man Adam Helewka back to the Chiefs on October 26th.

  Harrison's addition pushes the Wheat Kings back up to four 20-year old players but among those still out of the lineup is fellow 20-year old Tim McGauley, who skated at the end of practice Thursday but is still on the sidelines with an upper body injury.

  "We were complete up front with Luke.  We've got Timmy injured right now and when Tim returns, he's obviously a big part of our hockey club but, by then, something else might change...either here or somewhere else," said McCrimmon, "I think he understands that and from all reports we get about Luke, he's a real good kid and he's making it work and that's why it will work."

  Harrison could make his Wheat Kings' debut Friday night against one of his former teams when Brandon hosts the Victoria Royals (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Harrison played 92 games with the Royals between 2011 and 2013.

Chaff...Harrison is the last active WHL player to have suited up for the Chilliwack Bruins, playing two games as an underage 15-year old in 2010-2011...F Ty Lewis, who has missed the past ten games with an upper body injury, practiced without restrictions Thursday and is expected to return to the Brandon lineup this weekend...in addition to McGauley and Mattheos, other players not practicing for Brandon Thursday were John Quenneville (upper body, day-to-day), Braylon Shmyr (illness, indefinite), Garrett Armour (personal) and Tak Anholt...Fans attending Friday's game will receive a full color 2015-16 Team Poster, compliments of Rocky Mountain Equipment.

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