The off-season is almost in full swing now for the West Central Wheat Kings organization.

They are holding a banquet tonight out of the curling rink at the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley, after a spring skate was held last night.

Head Coach of the U18 AA Wheat Kings team Pat Sperle talked about the opportunity for interested players for next year to get on the ice so soon after witnessing the team go on a lengthy playoff run.

"We just have a skate to have some of the kids who are thinking about next year come and have a taste, see what it's like for them. There will definitely be a lot of openings for new recruits next year."

Two of those spots include one up front replacing Austin Shepherd's over a point per game pace, and also the steadiness of Kaden Veller on the backend. Read about some of the teams already committed players below, as Sperle commented on their decision's to move up the ladder to AAA.

"Obviously happy for both of them if that's the direction they want to take in hockey. I thought they both had excellent seasons and worked hard on their game everyday, so I definitely think they are ready for the next level."

Sperle talked about how their end of season run may have aided the quick commitment for these two players.

"Us having that good run in the playoffs, I think gave our kids some more exposure to some of these other teams to have a look at them in high level games. Both of them were also down in Regina at Sask First and had really good weekends there so I think that was a good showcase for them."

More news from the team in the way of commitments could be coming down the pipe soon, as many players enjoyed a breakout year on this years U18 AA West Central Wheat Kings team.