Brandon, MB – The Brandon Wheat Kings in association with the Canadian Hockey League today announced that the club will open the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup by wearing specially designed commemorative jerseys in their game on Friday May 14th against the OHL Champion Windsor Spitfires live on Rogers Sportsnet at 7:00 pm central.
An online auction to bid on all Wheat Kings’ game worn and game issued commemorative jerseys will commence at puck drop, 7:00 pm local time on Friday night, at www.mastercardmemorialcup.com up until Tuesday May 25, 2010, at 9:00 pm central time when the auction will close. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Dominion Command Poppy Trust Fund. Poppy funds are spent to support veterans and their families, buy hospital equipment, support cadet groups, and provide student bursaries.
The opening game jerseys were designed by the CHL in conjunction with the Brandon Wheat Kings in honour of the Canadian Army, specifically the men and women past, present, and future of CFB Shilo. CFB Shilo is Manitoba’s only army base and is located approximately 20 minutes from the Keystone Centre. CFB Shilo is the site of the Memorial Cup Arrival and Rededication Ceremony which takes place Thursday May 13 at 1:30 pm. The Memorial Cup will be rededicated to honour all of Canada’s war fallen.
The Memorial Cup was donated in 1919 by the Ontario Hockey Association as a memorial to those young men and women who had been given their lives in the defence of Canada during World War I. The 2010 edition of the tournament in Brandon will mark the 92nd time this prestigious trophy will be presented.
The commemorative jerseys worn by the host Kitchener Rangers and Rimouski Oceanic in the 2008 and 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup opening games cumulatively generated over $60,000 for the fund.
For more information about the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup and to preview the commemorative jerseys please visit www.mastercardmemorialcup.com.
2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup ticket packages are still available. Contact the Wheat Kings’ office at 726-3535 for more information.