September 30, 2013, Brandon, MB. — Some great news for western Manitoba hockey fans Monday as Wheat Kings captain Ryan Pulock is on his way home to Brandon. A first round draft choice (15th overall) of the Islanders in last June’s National Hockey League Draft, the 19-year old Grandview product is on his way back to the Wheat Kings after being reassigned by New York Monday afternoon.
A former WHL Eastern Conference All Star, Pulock is expected to be in the Brandon lineup Wednesday night when the Wheat Kings kick off a 5-game home stand against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.
Pulock celebrated signing an Entry Level contract with the Islanders on Saturday, by scoring his first ever NHL goal in Sunday night’s 4-1 victory over the Senators in Ottawa.
A 3-year WHL veteran, Pulock scored eight goals and 42 points in 63 games for the Wheat Kings in 2012-13 to share the team scoring lead with Tim McGauley. In 195 career games, the 6’1″ 213 lb. blueliner has scored 41 goals and 147 points and has led Brandon defencemen in scoring for three consecutive seasons.
His 42 points as a rookie in 2010-11 established a new club record for 16-year old defencemen, breaking the previous standard set by Wade Redden (39) in 1993-94.
When he was chosen by the Islanders in June, Pulock became the third Wheat King defenceman to be chosen by the Isles in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, joining Redden (1995) and current Winnipeg Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff ( 1988).
Tickets to Wednesday’s game against Edmonton are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at wheatkings.com