Brandon Wheat Kings sign Chiasson, three others to WHL Standard Player Agreements

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The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced the signing of their first-round selection, 2003-born forward Jake Chiasson (Abbotsford, BC), to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound forward was selected 15th overall by the Wheat Kings on May 3, 2018 at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Chiasson put up 68 points (20G-48A) and 26 penalty minutes in 30 games for the Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep in the Canadian Sport School Bantam Hockey League, posting another six points (3G-3A) in three playoff appearances. He also added five points (1G-4A) through four games at the John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament.

Chiasson also earned four games of experience with the Yale Hockey Academy Midget Prep team, recording three points (1G-2A).

In addition to signing Chiasson, the Wheat Kings also signed their second-round selection Brett Hyland. Hyland, the 5-foot-11, 160-pound forward was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The Edmonton, Alta. native put up 35 points (10G-25A) in 17 games with 14 penalty minutes for Northern Alberta Bantam Prep in the CSSBHL this past season. Hyland also added three assists in four games with eight penalty minutes in the playoffs.

Hyland also racked up eight points (3G-5A) in six games for Northern Alberta Bantam Prep at the John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament, adding five points (1G-4A) in five games for Team Edmonton Yellow at the Alberta Cup.

With the conclusion of their prospect camp the Wheat Kings have also signed defenceman Vincent Iorio and forward Nolan Ritchie. Iorio, a second-round selection, 27th overall, in 2017 is coming off a successful season posting 23 points (4G-19A) and 51 penalty minutes with Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 in the United States. The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Coquitlam, B.C. native added three assists in five games for Team British Columbia at the WHL Cup, helping the province win the gold medal at the tournament.

Ritchie, a home town product of Brandon, Man., concluded his outstanding year with 84 points (40G-44A) in 45 games, adding 22 penalty minutes for the Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA of the Manitoba Midget Hockey League. Ritchie was originally selected in the third round, 56th overall, of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 5-foot-6, 143-pound center added nine points (1G-8A) in nine games with six penalty minutes in the playoffs for the Midget AAA Wheat Kings. Ritchie was named to the MMHL First All-Star Team and won Bronze at the WHL Cup with Manitoba.

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