Brennen Wray has a lot of options for his future.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Brennen Wray talks to Ryan Botterill during the opening day of Moose Jaw Warriors training camp at Mosaic Place.
The former Western Hockey League scholastic player of the year likely has something a little more cerebral in his sights, but Wray has been enjoying his turn helping the Moose Jaw Warriors coaching staff at training camp this weekend.
"It's nice to be around camp to help out in whatever role they need me to," said Wray who was also helping at the Warriors Kids Camp a week ago. "You try to give the younger guys little tips here and there to help them out.
"It's nice to see how things work in the organization behind the scenes a little bit."
Wray will head back to the St. Francis Xavier University on Monday. He exhausted his five years of CIS hockey eligibility and graduated with a degree in chemistry. However, the 26-year-old still has a year's worth of WHL scholarship money and is going to continue his studies.
"I'm going to take some more classes and open some more doors for me in the future," said Wray. "Once I get these classes I can apply to different schools for dentistry and optometry as well."
Wray is also looking to apply at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. He was accepted by a couple of chiropractic schools in the U.S. this year, but opted to return to school
"I thought I would use my last year of school and hopefully there are some options there next year," he said.
Wray suffered a serious injury in his final season with the X-Men and is easing his way back onto the ice.
"I got hit from behind and had a herniated disc in my neck. I've been kind of cautious about it. I was thinking about maybe going over to Europe to try one of the lower leagues there," said Wray who had a couple of inquiries from the Dutch league. "I thought about that, but this whole neck thing kind of put the kibosh on that."
He is going to play senior men's AAA hockey with the Cornerbrook Royals in the Newfoundland Senior League and is expecting a high level of competition.
"There's some good players in that league. We have four guys that I played with at school — a couple of them are pretty solid players. (Hunter Tremblay) who I played against at the University of New Brunswick, he signed with the Edmonton after he was down there and he was down in the AHL. He played in Oklahoma for a bit and then with the St. John's IceCaps. He signed with us too," said Wray. "I know there are guys on other teams who have been under NHL contracts. There are a few, older NHL veterans."
In the meantime he is enjoying working with a NHL veteran coach and player in Tim Hunter. He said Hunter and assistant Mark O'Leary are doing the the bulk of the real coaching on the ice, but he will be behind the bench during the rookie camp scrimmages to help out.
Wray spent parts of four seasons with the Warriors before being traded to the Red Deer Rebels. He was part of the 2006 Warriors team that won the Eastern Conference and also won the WHL's scholastic award — Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy — that same year.