Sopotyk eager to start season

Kyrell Sopotyk toe-drags a Yorkton defenceman during SMAAAHL action at the Art Hauser Centre. -- Herald file photo.

The fun is over for Kyrell Sopotyk, but the work is just beginning.

The high-scoring forward just recently returned to Prince Albert after attending training camp with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. Sopotyk said it was a lot of fun to join the Blazers at camp, but now he’s focused on helping his current club, the Prince Albert Mintos.

“I’m really excited,” said the Aberdeen, Sask. product, who was reassigned to the Mintos on Sept. 11. “I think we can have a good year and go far in the playoffs.”

This was the second year Sopotyk joined the Blazers for camp after being picked by Kamloops in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. He dressed for all four of the club’s pre-season games, recording no points. The step up in play was noticeable, but Sopotyk said the challenge inspired him to work harder.

“It’s just bigger guys,” he explained. “Definitely coming from Midget, the WHL is a lot faster and the guys are a lot stronger. I had to adapt to that and try to keep up.”

For the rest of this story, please see the Sept. 16 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.