March 30, 2014, Brandon, MB. (ISN) – The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that defenceman Kale Clague will join the Western Hockey League club for the balance of the 2014 Playoffs.
The 5’11” 181 lb. 15-year old will arrive in Brandon tonight and is expected to be on the ice for practice on Monday as the Wheat Kings continue preparations for their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
A first round draft choice and sixth overall selection of the Wheat Kings in last spring’s WHL Bantam Draft, Clague enjoyed an outstanding season with the Baker Hughes Bobcats of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League this year. Besides leading the Cats to first place in the Dodge Division with a regular season record of 24-9-2 and a berth in the League’s Championship Final, he was instrumental in Team Alberta capturing the gold medal at the Western Canadian Challenge Cup in Calgary last October.
Clague led all defenceman and finished third overall in the AMHL playoff scoring race with two goals and 13 points in twelve games, after finishing second among all blueliners during the regular season with 33 points, including eleven goals in 31 games.
The Lloydminster native, who established a new Alberta AAA Bantam Hockey League scoring record for defenceman in 2012-13, became available to the Wheat Kings this week when the Bobcats lost out to Red Deer in the best of five League Final.
Clague joins center Nolan Patrick on the Wheat Kings active playoff roster. A 15-year old from Winnipeg, Patrick was recalled from the Winnipeg AAA Thrashers earlier this month and had one goal in three regular season starts before playing all four games against Regina in the opening round.
The Wheat Kings and Oil Kings will kick off their best of seven series this week with games one and two Thursday night and Saturday afternoon at Rexall Place in Edmonton. Games three and four will then be played at Brandon’s Westman Communications Group Place on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8th and 9th.