Wall brings gritty game back home to Saskatchewan
After spending a year playing hockey in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Parker Wall is returning to his home province to play for the Briercrest College men’s hockey team for the 2016-17 season.
Wall spent the 2015-16 season playing for the Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). Prior to his time in Cheyenne, the Wymark, SK native played his minor hockey in nearby Swift Current, SK.
“I graduated from Swift Current Comprehensive High School. During high school I played all three years of midget for the Swift Current Hurricanes,” Wall explained. “This past season I played my first year of juniors for the Cheyenne Stampede in Wyoming. In high school I also competed in track and field, as well as cross country running.”
“I started playing hockey when I was five years old,” Wall continued. I played my minor hockey in Swift Current. Highlights of my hockey career so far would have to be winning the Bantam league championship, as well as finishing in second place in the province in my last year with the Hurricanes. I was humbled and honoured to be named the captain of the Hurricanes in my third year of midget. Another personal achievement was receiving the "Mr. Hustler” award last season with the Stampede.”
Briercrest men’s hockey head coach Jamie Ramer is very excited to add Wall to the fold for the 2016-17 season.
“I’m very excited to have Parker join our program next season,” Ramer said. “We are looking for a pretty special group of players to help our program take another step forward and I believe that Parker is one of those players. I anticipate that he will bring a work ethic and excitement to the rink every day and will be a player that you would rather have on your team than play against'
Wall hopes to use his Briercrest experience to help on the family farm.
“I live on a fa rm and plan on becoming a full-time farmer after school,” he explained. “I’m planning on taking business classes, i n case I take Agriculture Business in the future. One of my favourite trips was going on a mission’s trip to Costa Rica last summer.”
The WSHL is a Tier II Junior “A” league, which when founded in 1994 was the first junior hockey league in the western United States. The league has been used as stepping stone for several hockey players, including goaltender Adam Vay who recently signed a two-year entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.
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