Jason Swyripa plans to attend Brandon University this fall. (FILE PHOTO)
It appears that Jason Swyripa is taking himself out of the overage picture for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Western Hockey League club has announced that the 20-year-old forward will be enrolling in Brandon University this fall, rather than returning for his overage season. On the depth chart, that would leave just three players — forwards Chad Robinson of Minnedosa and Jens Meilleur of Elie and defenceman Rene Hunter of Ebb and Flow — in the mix for the Wheat Kings’ three-man overage contingent.
Swyripa, a 5-foot-7, 165-pound Calgary native, played three seasons for the Wheat Kings, notching 10 goals and 23 points in 62 games in 2012-13.
The former second-round bantam draft pick racked up 25 goals and 61 points in 201 career WHL games.
The Wheat Kings begin training camp on Wednesday, Aug. 28, when rookies hit the ice at Westman Place, followed by the veterans joining for main camp on Friday, Aug. 30. Brandon will wrap up training camp with its annual intrasquad game on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m.
The Wheat Kings will then open pre-season play by hosting the Moose Jaw Warriors to begin a home-and-home set on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Brandon begins the regular season in Moose Jaw, Sask., on Friday, Sept. 20, before hosting the Warriors on Saturday, Sept. 21.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 20, 2013