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November 22, 2013, Brandon, MB. (ISN) – Now that winter seems to have hit western Manitoba the timing couldn’t be better for the kick-off to this year’s Brandon Wheat Kings Backyard Rink Contest, presented by The Home Depot.

Beginning next week, western Manitoba minor hockey fans will have a chance to enter their name for a chance to face off against members of the Western Hockey League’s Wheat Kings in a special game of shinny – and it will take place in your own backyard!

If you or a family member is planning on building a backyard rink, be sure to enter the contest by simply filling out a ballot online or by visiting BDO Fan Services at any Wheat Kings’ regular season home game at Westman Communications Group Place, beginning on Saturday, November 30th when Brandon plays host to the Prince Albert Raiders.

The contest deadline is 12 pm Saturday, February 23rd. The winner will be randomly selected through a draw on February 25th and will be announced on

For more information on The Home Depot Backyard Rink Contest, visit your local Home Depot or by visiting the Wheat Kings’ official website – All materials needed to build a backyard rink are available at your local The Home Depot store.


  • Tip #1: When thickening your ice, create thin layers at a time. If you flood the rink with too much water at a time the thick layer of ice could crack.
  • Tip #2: Fill in the cracks in the ice with snow rather than water. This prevents the water from seeping through the cracks and thawing the surface underneath resulting in shell ice.
  • Tip #3: Place your rink on a shaded, flat surface, close to a source of water and a source of light for night skating.
  • Tip #4: Sweep the ice around the perimeter with a corn broom to prevent a ridge from developing.
  • Tip #5: The warmer the weather, the finer the spray and the less water you should use. If you over-water in warm weather you will have a thin layer of ice over water commonly known as shell ice.
  • Tip #6: For warmer climates with less snow and the potential risk of rain, it is best to use a vapour barrier (plastic tarp) over a base of flat packed snow.
  • Tip #7: To clean the surface of your ink, scrape the ice with a sharp steel flat edge on a wide snow pusher
  • Tip #8: When using a tarp under your ice surface, it should be approximately 2 feet longer and 2 feet wider than the actual size of your rink.
  • Tip #9: First make your ice after three days of temperatures below 10C to ensure the ground is frozen. Ensure that there is enough snow for a strong foundation or if using a tarp ensure the ice is three inches thick before you stand on it.
  • Tip #10: A plastic tarp helps protect grass from ice damage; gives a flatter rink in less time and helps to contain the water during a substantial thaw. Also, 2 inch by 6 inch (or 8 inch) pressure-treated perimeter boards will help maintain your ice during a thaw.

On the WHL ice, the Wheat Kings will close out the final leg of a 4-game road trip Friday night in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. The two teams will play the second game of a weekend series on Saturday before Brandon returns home to Manitoba.

Tickets to Brandons next home game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at