Herrett called up by Cape Breton

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - Wes Herrett is getting his first taste of major junior hockey.
The 17-year-old Springhill defenceman, in his first season with the Ramblers, will suit up Thursday for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles when they take on the Quebec Remparts in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at Centre 200 in Sydney.
"I'm pretty excited," said Herrett. "Hopefully I can show them that I've progressed and maybe give them something to think about for next year."
The Eagles are short-staffed on the blueline, with Michael Ward and Myles Micallef nursing injuries. Quebec leads the QMJHL's East Division with a 17-5-2-3 record, while Cape Breton is second in the Atlantic Division at 16-8-2-2.
Herrett was drafted by Cape Breton in the ninth round, 158th overall, in June. He made the team in training camp, but opted to play at the junior A level since the Eagles had six established defencemen on their roster. The Ramblers made him a territorial pick out of the Pictou County Weeks major midget alumnus in 2008.
Herrett has dressed for all of Amherst's 22 games this season, recording three assists and 27 penalty minutes.
He'll be thrown into the fire right away, according to Eagles head coach and general manager Mario Durocher.
"We like to roll four lines and six defencemen, so he'll get a regular shift," Durocher said. "I don't think he'll play on our power play.
"It'll be a good experience for him to see what it's like playing a better calibre. We were very pleased with his training camp, and we told him when he chose to go back to junior A that hopefully we'd get an opportunity to see him again this year, and things have worked out."
Herrett will head to Sydney with his dad tomorrow morning. So far, the commitment is for him to play Thursday only. Cape Breton is beginning a five-game homestand, and faces Bathurst on Friday and Drummondville, the No. 1-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, on Sunday.
The Eagles have also called up Halifax Lions defenceman Ian Saab.
Saab is serving a two-game suspension in the MJAHL, and along with Herrett, will not be in the lineup Thursday when the Ramblers visit the Lions at 7 p.m.


jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Centre 200, Canadian Hockey League

Geographic location: Cape Breton, AMHERST, Quebec

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  • SpuddyBuddy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Good luck Wes. I always knew you were bound to do something great. Make the most of your opportunity.