Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon, MB. — Manitoba Public Insurance, in association with the Brandon Wheat Kings are pleased to announce plans to officially kick off the 2011 Operation Red Nose Campaign at Friday’s Western Hockey League game at Westman Communications Group Place.

This year’s campaign will begin on Friday, November 25th and will run right through until New Years Eve.

There are several ways for Brandon hockey fans to get involved with Operation Red Nose – volunteer with the local committee, give them a call after your holiday celebrations or contact the local committee for a corporate Christmas or New Years Party.

This year’s Brandon dates include the following:

November 25th and 26th

December 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 16th and 17th

December 23rd and 31st

THE SMART CHOICE FOR A SAFE RIDE HOME! Call Operation Red Nose at 728-6673.

Friday night’s WHL game will feature two of the league leaders in the Wheat Kings and visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. Both enter the weekend with impressive records of 14-6-1-1.

Operation Red Nose is a free, volunteer-run designated driver service during the holidays that caters to motorists who do not feel fit to drive home. Volunteers provide patrons a safe ride home in their own vehicle. Donations are accepted and all proceeds will go to support both community and sports programs in Manitoba.

Benefitting from this year’s campaign will be Hockey Brandon and the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner.

In 2010, thanks to volunteers representing both local organizations, over 450 rides were carried out in Brandon. Throughout the province, over 1800 volunteers teamed up to provide over 3,000 rides during the holiday festivities.

For more information be sure to visit OperationRedNose.com

In other off-ice news, the WHL club has announced that close to $4,000 was raised during Tuesday’s Tip a Wheat Kings Night at the Canad Inns Brandon.

Several members of the Wheat Kings, including captain Mark Stone and defenceman Eric Roy were waiting tables at both Aaltos and the Tavern United – all in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Tickets to Friday’s game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca