Thursday, 3 December 2015

Another Step Closer for Injured Shmyr

Braylon Shmyr practiced fully for the first time in more
than five weeks on Thursday.
  Braylon Shmyr is inching closer to returning to the Brandon Wheat Kings' lineup.

  The third-year forward practiced fully Thursday, the first time he's done that since suffering an upper body injury in late October.

  "It definitely feels great to be back practicing with them," said Shmyr, who's missed the last 12 Brandno games, "It's been a while, and it's been a little frustrating but for the weeks that I've missed, I've tried to stay positive and get healthy."

  What was particularly frustrating for Shmyr was there was no set timeable for his return.

  He'd been listed as day-to-day on the WHL injury report each of the last five weeks.

  "Every week, I thought I'd be ready to go but then symptoms got worse," said Shmyr, who has three goals and five points in 14 games this year along wtih a +12 rating, "It's one of those things that you can't get down on yourself and you have to be patient."

  Shmyr's presence meant all 23 players on the Wheat Kings' roster practiced Thursday.

  That's the first time that's happened all season.

  Brandon will host the Regina Pats Friday (7:37 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  It's the start of a stretch where the Wheat Kings might be able to make some hay.

  Six of the club's next seven games are on home ice.

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