Brandonite Carson Perreaux scored his ninth goal of the season for the Prince Albert Raiders last night. (FILE PHOTO)
While the Brandon Wheat Kings have always been eager to utilize Westman talent on their roster, there are a number of other homegrown hockey players living their Western Hockey League dreams with farther-flung teams. Here is a mid-season update on Westman players suiting up for the WHL’s other 21 clubs.
•Travis Sanheim, Calgary Hitmen — The 6-foot-3, 17-year-old rookie from Elkhorn has seen regular duty on the Calgary blue-line this season, suiting up in 29 of the team’s 34 games. Sanheim scored his first career goal against the Swift Current Broncos on Sunday and has seven points and a plus/minus of +7 this season, including a goal and three assists in eight December contests.
•Reid Gow, Spokane Chiefs — The 19-year-old blue-liner from Killarney was off to his best start, with 33 assists and a plus/minus of +13 in 28 games as the Chiefs’ captain, but he has not played since Nov. 30 due to an upper-body injury.
•Landon Peel, Kootenay Ice — The 19-year-old defenceman from Virden revived his WHL career with the Ice in 2012-13 and has played in 34 of the team’s 37 games this season, picking up two goals and six assists.
•Landon Cross, Kootenay Ice — Acquired from the Kamloops Blazers in October, the 19-year-old Brandonite has a goal, six assists and 48 penalty minutes in 37 games. The defenceman has five assists and 31 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Ice.
•Carson Perreaux, Prince Albert Raiders — A 6-foot-3, forward from Brandon, Perreaux has nine goals and six assists in 35 games as a 19-year-old veteran, and has seen increased duty as a penalty killer with the Raiders.
• Jordan Thomson, Kamloops Blazers — Thomson was one of the blocks around which the Blazers were planning to rebuild this season, and the 17-year-old defenceman from Wawanesa had seven assists and 20 penalty minutes in 20 games. He is away from the team on a personal leave, though, and hasn’t played since Nov. 10.
•Meyer Nell, Red Deer Rebels — After starting his season at Notre Dame in Saskatchewan, the 16-year-old forward from Boissevain was called up by the Rebels and has played in 30 games, picking up a goal and two assists.
•Rylee Zimmer, Regina Pats — As a 16-year-old rookie, the forward from Russell has played 24 games of the Pats’ 36 games and is still looking for his first WHL point.
ONE-TIMERS: Spokane C Mike Aviani has been named the WHL and Canadian Hockey League player of the week after producing three goals and five assists in three games … Portland C Brendan Leipsic, who entered Tuesday as the WHL’s 12th-highest scorer, has been handed a seven-game suspension, the longest in the WHL this season. Leipsic was given a match penalty for his hit on Seattle RW Keegan Kolesar, a fellow Winnipegger, on Saturday … D Spenser Jensen, 18, has left Medicine Hat and is not expected to rejoin the team … Ex-Wheat Kings C Andrew Clark was named the ECHL player of the week. The 25-year-old Brandonite had four goals and four assists in two games for the Stockton Thunder.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 18, 2013