February 8, 2013, Brandon, MB (ISN) – The Brandon Wheat Kings CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner is over for another year after another successful event Thursday night at the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavillion.
The event, which is held annually to raise money for the Wheat Kings’ Scholarship Fund, was sold out for the sixth straight year and featured the likes of Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne and comedians Tim Nutt 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 Jordin Tootoo autographed Detroit Red Wings jersey as well as an autographed game jersey from future Hall of Fame netminder Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.
The Brodeur jersey was purchased by Community Futures Westman for $900, the Tootoo jersey went for $1,075 by Fowler Hyundai and the Jets’ package that included a Zach Bogosian autographed jersey, a pair of tickets to see the Jets face off against the Boston Bruins next weekend as well as hotel accommodations at the Radisson (Canad Inns) went to Crane Steel Structures for $1,550.
Among the other items that were auctioned on Thursday included autographed jerseys from Los Angeles Kings’ all star netminder Jonathan Quick, former Colorado Avalanche Joe Sakic, Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islander and ex-Wheat King blueliner Travis Hamonic as well as a signed replica from the Vancouver Canucks. Among the other items were a Doug Brown jersey from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a framed photo of Toronto Blue Jays third basemen Brett Lawrie and a Stanley Cup framed photo from Molson Coors.
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 Edmonton Oil Kings at Westman Place. Brandon will be hoping to improve their record to 3-0-0 on its current 7-game home stand.
Tickets to Friday’s game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.ca