November 23, 2013, Brandon, MB. (ISN) – BMO Financial Group, the Canadian Hockey League and the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings are excited to announce plans for this year’s Ultimate Fan Contest, scheduled for Friday, December 6th at Westman Communications Group Place.

Western Manitoba hockey fans are encouraged to dress up in their Wheat King colours, jerseys and costumes for a chance to be named the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan. Forty-two BMO Ultimate CHL Fans will be crowned in their respective communities. From these winners, three Ultimate Fans will be named the Ultimate CHL Fan for each of their respective leagues – the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL. Each will win the grand prize – a trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup in London, Ontario (May 23-25, 2014).

“Over the past two years, BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights have helped to bring communities across Canada together in celebration of Canadian hockey and its loyal fans,” said Justine Fedak, Senior Vice President, Brand Advertising, Sponsorships & Merchandising, BMO Financial Group. “These celebrations provide BMO with an amazing opportunity to connect with CHL fans, generate increased interest in the game and build excitement towards the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup – one of the largest hockey events in the country.”

“Canadians right across the country have enthusiastically embraced BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Nights, which is a reaffirming testament to how important CHL hockey is to local communities throughout Canada,” said David Branch, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “We are excited to build on this success as we kick off the third consecutive year of the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Contest in 42 of our Canadian communities across the country.”

The Wheat Kings Ultimate Fan, to be awarded next month will be based on their originality, enthusiasm and creativity. Three lucky fans – during the first period will be selected to participate in a trivia contest – specific to the Wheat Kings – which will take place on the players’ bench during the second intermission.

The winner will receive an autographed team jersey with BMO Ultimate Fan crested on the front, a $50 prepaid MasterCard, and gain entry into the grand prize draw for the trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup in London in May 2014.

CHL fans also have an additional opportunity to be named the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan in the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Online Photo Contest. Between now and December 6th, fans can enter the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Photo Contest by submitting a photo of themselves, displaying their team pride, at facebook.com/BMOcommunity. One lucky winner will be awarded a trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Tickets to this year’s Ultimate Fan Contest game – December 6th vs. Swift Current – are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at wheatkings.com

On the ice, the Wheat Kings opened up a 2-game weekend series in Cranbrook Friday night, losing 7-3 to the hometown Kootenay Ice. Sam Reinhart scored three for the winners, who built up a 5-0 second period lead en route to the win.