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Oilers fan Fleury looks ahead to Prospects Game

by Lauren Fink / Edmonton Oilers

CALGARY, AB - Fleury is a name often heard in hockey, from the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, to former Calgary Flame, Theoren Fleury and now Red Deer Rebel, Haydn Fleury.

Fleury, a small-town Carlyle, Saskatchewan defenceman was chosen by the Rebels in the second round, 43rd overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He made his WHL debut in 2011, where he played four games for Red Deer. In his first complete season in the WHL in 2012-13, Fleury tallied four goals and 15 assists in 66 games was plus four with 21 PIM.

In his second complete season in the WHL (2013-14), Fleury is an alternate captain for the Rebels and is in his NHL draft year, currently ranked sixth in the NHL’s Central Scouting Midterm.

“It’s a good honour,” said Fleury on the CSS rankings. “But, I try not to focus on that stuff too much. Many different lists come out and you’re different spots on each one so, I try to not focus on it too much.”

“I want to be a strong skater and defencemen that moves the puck up, joins the rush and creates offence,” said Fleury on his game play.

This season he has put up six goals and 24 assists in 43 games, including seven multi-point games, leading all Rebels defencemen in scoring. Fleury also ranks second in the WHL among 1996-born defencemen in scoring.

“Personally, it’s gone well,” said Fleury on his season. “Our team has kind of underachieved a bit but, we’re a younger team and we just come to the rink and work hard everyday.”

The Rebels are ninth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference as of January 15th, 2014. Having a young team is something Oilers fans know a little about and when asked, “what are your thoughts on possibly playing for the Edmonton Oilers?” Fleury lit up.

“It would be a great experience,” grinned Fleury. “They were my favourite team growing up. They are my mine and my dad’s favourite team so, that would be great.”

Fleury competed in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge with Team West and in the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament with Team Canada where his team claimed the Gold Medal. Along with many of his teammates from the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, Fleury is currently in Calgary for the CHL Top Prospects game (January 15th), where he is playing for Team Cherry. Fleury is one of two Rebels at the game, the other being fellow Team Cherry teammate, Conner Bleackley.

“You get to meet different guys and see how they prepare and how they work,” said Fleury about the experience of Top Prospects. “It’s been a really good experience.

“It’s just another game,” Fleury continued. “But, you know there’s just a little bit of added pressure on the outside. I’m just going to go out there and play my game.”

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