Wheat Kings to salute school patrols

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October 9, 2013, BRANDON, Manitoba (ISN) – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with Manitoba Public Insurance, CAA Manitoba, Canexus Chemicals and Pauls’ Hauling have announced plans to honour western Manitoba School Patrols during the Friday, October 11th game against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.

Over five hundred school patrols from Brandon and surrounding area are expected to attend the game, compliments of the Wheat Kings, the Brandon Police Service as well as the four participating sponsors.

In addition to well over four hundred patrols from the Brandon School Division, a number of tickets have been distributed to patrols across western Manitoba. As well, two local patrols will perform the Ceremonial Opening face-off.

Meanwhile the hockey club has announced a partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance and the Brandon Sun, aimed at recognizing children who are part of their school’s “Safety Patrol Unit”. Once a month, patrol members from one Brandon school will enjoy lunch with members of the Wheat Kings, including 2013-14 Honorary School Patrol Captain Ryan Pulock, compliments of Subway Restaurants of Brandon.

The first School Patrol Luncheon of the season is scheduled for Thursday, October 10th at Linden Lanes School. Joining Pulock at Thursday’s Luncheon will be 20-year old veteran Jens Meilleur.

A 19-year old native of Grandview, Pulock recently returned from the New York Islanders, who chose him in the first round (15th overall) in last June’s National Hockey League Draft.

On the ice, Pulock, Meilleur and the Wheat Kings will close out their current home stand Saturday night against Saskatoon before travelling to Regina for a Thanksgiving Day game against the Pats.

This School Patrol Luncheon program is designed to recognize those children who volunteer their time in rain, snow or shine to help keep the streets safe for other children. It is also designed in a manner to attract new patrollers through the recognition and benefits of being part of their school’s Safety Patrol unit. Part of the program will also provide the hockey team, Manitoba Public Insurance and the Brandon Police Service a forum to relate important safety messages to Brandon and area students.

The School Safety Patrol Program has become a successful and respected safety program throughout western Manitoba. Through this program, combined with CIBC “Read to Succeed” and the hockey club’s popular Minor Hockey Caravan, the Wheat Kings will again have a very strong presence and influence in local elementary schools.

Tickets to both weekend games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com