January 2, 2014, Brandon, MB. (ISN) – The Brandon Wheat Kings will be hoping that a large crowd on Saturday night will help them as they look to kick off a 5-game Western Hockey League homestand on a winning note against the visiting Regina Pats.
Saturday’s game will be the third meeting between these two teams in a week. After blanking the Pats 8-0 last Friday night at Westman Place, the Wheat Kings fell 8-4 the following night at the Brandt Centre in Regina.
In addition to providing fans with their first home game of 2014, Saturday night is Home Depot Family Skate Night, presented by presented by 94.7 Star FM and 880 CKLQ.
All fans attending are encouraged to bring their skates, helmets and cameras to the rink and join their favorite players on the ice following the game for a “free” Public Skate.
The Family Skate will be hosted by CKLQ’s Candace Bowles, who also serves as the Wheat Kings regular in-game hostess during the season.
In addition to the Skate, Home Depot will be giving away a number of prizes and the Wheat Kings will team up with PhysioFirst for another Chuck-a-Puck. This Saturday’s Chuck-a-Puck will be held in support of the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex.
The Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex is a project that was launched by the Westman Softball Association with the support of the Brandon Slo-Pitch League, the Orthodox Leagues and the Westman Old-Timers. It is intended to address the growing need for softball diamonds in Brandon due to facilities that have been recently lost around the city.
The planned $1.5 million facility will include four full-sized diamonds, four mini-diamonds for youth aged 4 – 10 and a building that will house the canteen, washrooms and changing rooms. A new facility will address a growing need for ball diamonds in Brandon, revitalize the south side of the river and replace facilities that been lost in recent years.
The City of Brandon has already provided a parcel of land in the 1000 block of Parker Boulevard. The Association’s Sod for Softball campaign is the first step in the fundraising effort to begin construction of the facility.
The complex is named in honour of Ashley Neufeld, one of Brandon’s most gifted young athletes, who died in a tragic vehicle accident in North Dakota in 2009.
As well, Saturday is another Brandon Source for Sports – Subway Family Night. The $48 Wheat Kings Family Pack, available at Source for Sports includes 2 adult and 2 youth tickets, 4 6″ subs and four souvenir programs.
All other tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com
Meanwhile the Wheat Kings will close out a 4-game road trip Thursday night in Calgary against the Hitmen. Fresh off Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the defending Eastern Conference Champion Oil Kings, the Wheat Kings are currently 1-1-1 through the first three games and currently sit alone in fifth place in the Eastern conference with a record of 20-15-4-0. Brandon is two points up on both Regina and Prince Albert and trail the fourth place Medicine Hat Tigers by just three.
The Hitmen enter Thursday’s game as the Eastern Conference leaders with an impressive 24-8-2-3 record.
Brandon will have 17-year old Jayce Hawryluk back in the lineup Thursday. The Roblin product hasn’t played since last Friday, after being slapped with a 3-game suspension for a checking from behind major against Regina. Despite missing six games this season, the former second round bantam draft choice is currently tied with John Quenneville for the club scoring lead with 37 points, including thirteen goals.
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ABOUT 880 CKLQ and 94.7 STAR FM: CKLQ is an AM radio station serving Brandon, Manitoba, Canada and the surrounding area. It currently broadcasts at 880 kHz at a power of 10,000 watts, airing a country music format, along with radio coverage of Brandon Wheat Kings hockey. CKLQ is owned and operated by Riding Mountain Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Westman Communications Group. CKLQ started broadcasting in 1977 and moved to its current frequency in 1985. It is housed, with its sister station 94.7 Star FM at 624 14th Street East.