Ryan Pulock, an outstanding defenseman with the Brandon Wheat Kings who is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2013 National Hockey League entry draft, has been Honorary Prospect of the 2013 Director’s Cup Prospects Program.
“We’re thrilled to have Ryan on board with the program,” said Bill Whitehead, president of Hockey Manitoba. “We’re excited to showcase such a positive role model to our young developing athletes.”
Pulock came out of tiny Grandview, Man., to become captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Like so many great players in the WHL, U.S. College and the NHL, he is an alumnus of the Hockey Manitoba Director’s Cup program (Team Parkland 2009).
He is also a Program of Excellence alumni. He was a member of Under-16 Team Manitoba in 2009 and Under-17 Team West in 2011. In 2012, he was named to Under-18 Team Canada and is expected to be part of Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship. This past season, he had 14 goals and 31 assists to share the Wheat Kings’ team lead in scoring with 45 points.
According to Hockey Manitoba’s Kyle Prystupa, “The Director’s Cup Prospects program has been revamped this season by Hockey Manitoba and it’s member regional associations. As always, the program gives the top Minor Bantam players across the province an elite development program that is used as an entry point into the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence. As part of the program refresh, Hockey Manitoba has taken a focused approach to the on-ice & off-ice curriculum being delivered by the regional teams. In 2013 there are 10 rural regional teams from across the province participating in the program which sees a standardized 5-week skills program culminating with the Director’s Cup tournament April 26-28 in Portage la Prairie. Hockey Winnipeg has indicated that they will rejoin the development program after taking a leave the past two seasons (2012, 2013), which may see up to 6 more teams participating in 2014.
“This is the first time Hockey Manitoba has named an Honorary Prospect for the Director’s Cup Prospects program. The role will primarily be based around public relations, such as web and media, to showcase the achievements of local talent who have come up through Hockey Manitoba development programs. The Honorary Prospect will also be featured on the cover of the Director’s Cup souvenir program.”
“It’s a big honour for me to be selected for this,” Pulock said, in a written statement. “I have participated in many Hockey Manitoba events from Director’s Cup to the U-16’s and both of those programs were a great experience for me and both helped me improve as a player and even as a person.”
For more information about the Director’s Cup Prospects program and the tournament schedule please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca/directorscup.php.
(With files from Kyle Prystupa, Hockey Manitoba)