October 6, 2013, Brandon, MB. – Members of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings will get a chance to experience a day of soldiering on Monday when they travel east to Canadian Forces Base Shilo for what has become an annual event.
This marks the fourth year that the Wheat Kings have been invited to the Base and hosted by the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian light Infantry.
The first one was held in 2010 and served as a way for the Base to repay the Wheat Kings’ organization for hospitality that they showed the 2PPCLI in the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The bond between the Wheat Kings and CFB Shilo has been strong for some time. In addition to what has become a popular event for the players, the hockey club in partnership with MTS Connect and its three Brandon stores, sends family members from the Base to 2013-14 regular season home games at Westman Communications Group Place under the popular “Hometown Hero” program.
The players will arrive at Kapyong Barracks early Monday, where they will receive a briefing on military code of conduct, before trying a number of military activities including the light arms simulator, light armoured vehicle (LAV) simulator and having “dinner in the field” with members of the Battalion.
The experience at CFB Shilo is also seen as an opportunity to develop team camaraderies and learn more about their military neighbours.
The team will return to the ice on Tuesday and begin preparations for this weekend’s games against Eastern Division rivals Moose Jaw and Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday nights.