Brandon, MB. — The 2012 Brandon Wheat Kings CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner has come and gone and the hockey club’s Scholarship Foundation, not to mention those that attended Thursday night’s event in the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavillion will come out the big winner.
The event, which is held annually to raise money for the Wheat Kings’ Scholarship Fund, was sold out for the fifth straight year and featured the likes of Canadian Football League Hall of Famer Michael “Pinball” Clemons and comedians Kelly Taylor and Big Daddy Tazz.
In addition to the dinner, the evening featured both Live and Silent Auctions and among the high bids during the night included a special Winnipeg Jets package, a Brayden Schenn autographed Philadelphia Flyers jersey as well as an autographed Jordan Eberle Edmonton Oilers’ jersey.
The Eberle jersey was purchased by J & G Supply for $875, the Schenn jersey went for $1,500 and was purchased by Centec Electric and the Jets’ package that included an Eric Fehr autographed jersey, a 2011 MTS Centre Home Opener framed photo, a pair of tickets to see the Jets face off against St. Louis later this month as well as hotel accommodations at the Viscount Gort Hotel went to Crane Steel Structures for $2,000.
Among the other items that were sold on Thursday included autographed jerseys from Los Angeles Kings’ Mike Richards, Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets, Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour, former Brandon captain Keith Aulie and current captain Mark Stone of Team Canada. As well, the auctions featured a Stone World Junior Hockey Championship print, a Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets package as well as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber helmet autographed by quarterback Buck Pierce.
The WHL continues to be one of the best developmental hockey leagues in the world and the WHL provides our finest young talent the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising academic goals.
The first year that the Sportsman’s Dinner was held was May 2nd, 1959 in the old Brandon Armory. Guest speakers that night were pitcher Lefty Gomez, Father Athol Murray and former Chicago Blackhawks great Bill Mosienko.
On the ice, the Wheat Kings return to the ice Friday night against the visiting Swift Current Broncos at Westman Place. Brandon will be hoping to snap a 6-game home ice losing streak.
Tickets to Friday’s game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca