Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon, MB. — The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings are mourning the loss of former owner and general manager Jack Brockest.

Brockest passed away on Thursday, November 10th at the age of 84.

A native of Onanole, Brockest, who owned the franchise in the seventies and early eighties before selling the club to a community based group in 1983, was instrumental in helping coach Dunc McCallum build one of the most successful teams in league history.

The 1978-79 Wheat Kings, who lost out to the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes in the Memorial Cup Championship Final in Montreal, finished the season with a record of 58-5-9 – good for 125 points – a record that still stands.

Although more details still need to be finalized, a celebration of Brockest’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at Central United Church in Brandon.