Zane Branson, the 6’3″ 200 lb goaltender from Liverpool, NY. Should be about ready to begin his full on practice schedule this week. The 19 year old netminder had hip surgery last May and has been undergoing physical therapy for the past few months and has been very limited to what he was allowed to do on and off the ice with the Stampede. “Zane has been progressing in his rehab and been doing quite a bit more on and off the ice as of late.” states Stampede coach Kyle Althen. Branson is hoping to be ready for game action in the near future as he should be cleared by his doctor this week for full duty. “Zane is a great guy and has been a part of our team since day one. He has helped with things around the rink on game days and has been at almost every practice and off ice session. (with the exception of therapy and doctor visits) ” Added coach Beavis Branson was injured early last season while playing for the Valley Warriors in the EHL. It has been quite a long road back for the Stampede goaltender but Branson has stayed positive and on schedule throughout the ordeal.
The Stampede are excited that Branson is almost ready and feel that he will play a part in the teams goal-tending this season. “He is a huge kid and will be tough in net without a doubt. We have set a target date of his first game for Friday November 10th VS Roc City in front of our home fans. ” added Alhen.
The Stampede and Branson will head up to Niagara Falls this Saturday and Sunday to face-off against divisional rivals the Niagara Falls Powerhawks in a Northeast division battle for 3rd place. Be sure to catch the action live on hockeytv.com Saturday at 6:00 PM and again on Sunday at 1:00 PM.