Fehr prospect

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings certainly like their Fehrs. Currently, the Wheaties have Washington Capitals prospect and one of the Dub's top snipers, Eric Fehr, on the roster and Brandon could have another Fehr in the lineup next year.

Young Jay Fehr is currently focusing his formidable talents on the Mac's tournament.

The 15-year-old sniper toils with Manitoba's Pembina Valley Hawks, who played their first game of the tournament yesterday at Father David Bauer, losing a 9-6 shootout to the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.

For Jay, whose brother Ramsay, 17, also plays for the Hawks, it was a huge game as he racked up two goals and a couple of helpers in a losing effort.

"It was a great game for me, four points is pretty good, it's just too bad we didn't come out and play a full 60 minutes," said Jay, adding he and Ramsay aren't related to Eric Fehr, who also was a member of the Hawks when he played midget hockey.

Jay leads his team in scoring with 43 points in 25 games, good enough for fifth overall in the Manitoba league and he's looking to stick with the Wheat Kings after training camp next season.

"I'm hoping to stay there in Grade 12 or go play college hockey, I haven't made up my mind yet," said Jay, a 5-ft. 10-in., 170-lb. centreman.

Hawks coach Rob Smith knows Jay is a gifted hockey player who should get a WHL shot but he just needs to work on his skating, which should carry him a long way when it improves.

"He's got a lot of positive skills that could put him in the WHL. He's got a very high panic threshold with the puck and he really sees the ice," said Smith. "His skating's getting him by right now, so he needs to work on that and just needs to get stronger."

The Fehr boys, along with the rest of the Hawks, boarded the team bus for Calgary Boxing Day, leaving at 5:30 a.m. and they arrived in the Stampede City at about 9 p.m. Sunday night. The brothers, who live an hour south of Winnipeg, admit they didn't know anything about the Mac's tournament and this is the first time they've been in Calgary.

"I'd never heard of it at all until I found out we were going to it," said Ramsay, who wasn't drafted by a WHL club.

"But it's pretty exciting so far, lots of fans and it's fun to play."

"Big ice," chimed in Jay, referring to the Olympic-sized ice at Father David Bauer.

Their parents, Ed and Tracy, also made the trip down as did most of the Hawks family members, who were pretty vocal yesterday.

With their win yesterday, the Rangers improved to 2-0 in the tournament.


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