Brandon, MB. — The Brandon Wheat Kings return to Westman Communications Group Place Friday afternoon as they kick off a 2-game weekend home stand against the visiting Swift Current Broncos in the Western Hockey League club's annual Remembrance Day game.
The Wheat Kings, who host the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night, have been playing November 11th home games since the mid seventies. Remembrance Day provide Canadians from coast to coast with the opportunity to gather, pay respect and remember the efforts of those special Canadians that have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
In addition to observing a Moment of Silence before Friday's game, the Ceremonial Opening face-off will feature Lieutenant-Colonel Lee Hammond, Commanding Officer 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA) as well as Master Warrant Officer Derrick Elson (1RCHA).
Joining them will be two of the over 300 minor hockey players in attendance at the game, as Koch Fertilizer Canada and the Wheat Kings present a special kick off to the 2011-12 Manitoba Minor Hockey Season. The two are Keagan Gillis of the Hartney Hockey Initiation Program and Rivers product Jace Wareham of the Tri-Town Squirts.
Among the communities that will be represented at Friday's game include Hamiota, Killarney, Brandon, Tri-Town (Rivers, Cardale and Oak River), Neepawa, Treherne, Minnedosa, Carberry, Shoal Lake, Holland, Killarney, Souris, Forrest, Hartney, Melita and Boissevain.
The players and coaches are attending the game, courtesy of Koch Fertilizer Canada.
The Wheat Kings are coming off a 2-game Saskatchewan road trip that saw them lose in Saskatoon, before bouncing back to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 on Wednesday. With the win the Wheat Kings kept pace with the WHL's Eastern Division leading Saskatoon Blades, who improved to 13-6-0-1 with a 7-5 victory over Swift Current on Wednesday night.
Brandon enters the weekend with a record of 12-6-1-1, good for 26 points which leaves them one point shy of the Blades. The Broncos meanwhile are 7-10-2-1 and sit in fifth place in the East Division.
Game time Friday is 2:30 p.m. While the Keystone Centre box office is open all day Thursday, it won't open until 1pm Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 726-3555.