This week's Strathmore Motor Product's King of the Week is Kage Yellowfly!
The three-year veteran currently leads the team in points with 29, even though he missed an extended period of time. He made his recent return at the start of the new year and said it's been great finally being back on the ice after coming back from injury, "It's surreal, I was itching to get back out there."
Even when he was on the bench due to injury, he still went to all the games to stay involved however he could, whether that was taking stats down or simply cheering on the guys. Yellowfly knows the value of support for his team, as he said the fans that show up every game to watch the team are great, and it makes him and the team want to win every game for the passionate fans.
Yellowfly who grew up in Siksika Nation said that it is really special to have his family and friends out to cheer on the team and being able to play close to home has been one of the best parts of playing for the Wheatland Kings, "I'm giving them my all each game, it's for them."
Improvement has been a key aspect of the King's season, as they've gotten noticeably better as the season went on. In fact, they joined an exclusive club this season when they beat the Okotoks Carstar Bisons last week, which was only the Bison's third loss of the season.
With a young roster and plenty to learn, Yellowfly said playing with more discipline has helped them turn it around, "We've improved a lot on our penalties as well, and I think our passing came a long way and it's still improving."
With the team so focused on improvement, Yellowfly himself is always continuing to work on his game. As a forward, he's focused on creating better scoring chances for himself and the team, but also knowing he needs to tighten up his defensive play so he doesn't leave the rest of the team in a bad spot.
The Kings are riding high after their impressive win over the Bisons last week and will look to carry that momentum into this weekend's doubleheader against the High River Flyers. They'll be in High River on Friday night before hosting the Flyers in Strathmore this Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
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