Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon, MB. – A former general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings will be recognized at this Friday’s game against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors at Westman Communications Group Place.

Glen Lawson, who was recently inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in Winnipeg, has been chosen the first recipient of the new Atom-Jet Group Innovator of the Month Award for the 2011-12 WHL season.

Lawson was born and raised in Brandon and after playing junior hockey for the Wheat Kings in the mid fifties, he joined the Fort William Hurricanes. Following his time with the ‘Canes, he returned to Brandon and coached a talented group of juveniles in the Senior Big Six League and helped them to a provincial championship.

Following years of success behind the bench, Glen was instrumental in helping Brandon join the Western Canada Hockey League in 1967, where he served as the club’s first official general manager.

Lawson was one of a number of Wheat King alumni to be elected to Manitoba’s Hall this year, joining former owner Bob Cornell and players Don Dietrich and Jayson More.

“Celebrating our 50th year in Brandon, our organization views corporate citizenship as a responsibility, and we are thankful to have an opportunity to give back to the community that has helped build our business ,” said Bob Cotton, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Atom-Jet Group. “Atom-Jet Group is inspired by a corporate vision of Leadership Through Innovation- and we are proud to recognize Glen Lawson for his ground-breaking work to improve hockey in Western Manitoba.”

This marks the eighth season that western Manitoba hockey fans have been given the opportunity to visit the Wheat Kings’ official website and nominate coaches, volunteers, athletes and officials for this prestigious award.

About ATom-Jet Group: Atom Jet Group knows that supporting community leaders, like the Wheat Kings’ Innovator of the Month, is an important part of building a healthy community and improving the lives of western Manitobans. Atom-Jet Group operates six separate divisions, offering a variety of solutions in manufacturing, machining, metal fabrication, powder coating and carbide brazing.