Bryson Gore has come a long way to get his chance to make a Western Hockey League roster.
Gore was drafted in the 10th round, 214th overall by Portland in the 2010 WHL Bantam draft. He was then dropped by the Winter Hawks before the Warriors listed him.
He showed enough promise in recent camps to sign a standard WHL player agreement with the Warriors.
With that vote of confidence from the Warriors, the Lethbridge product came into Moose Jaw early to skate with some of the veteran players before rookie camp opened.
“It was good to skate with the guys who have played here before and see what it’s like,” said Gore, a 17-year-old right winger who is looking to win one of the final spots up front with the Tribe.
“They said they had high expectations for me, so I came in and tried to do the best I could and see what happened from there.”
While he drew some ‘oohs’ from his teammates at Friday’s practice with a great shot that went in short-side and just under the crossbar, Gore admits he expects to earn the praise of his coaches for other facets of his game.
“I need to be physical and finish my checks and then try to score on my opportunities,” said Gore who is 5-foot-11.
“I need to do things that will stand out and stick in the coaches heads. I need to separate myself from the other forwards.”
Gore said his speed was his biggest asset and that he was looking to be a gritty guy on the ice. He has shown an ability to be around the puck throughout camp and has been effective on the forecheck and in the cycle game.
“He’s a tenacious guy. He has good speed and he has good puck awareness. He’s a fun guy to watch,” said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers. “Where he’s going to fit in, where he’s going to be slotted, that’s to be determined.”