April 22, 2014,Brandon, MB. (ISN) – The Brandon Wheat Kings, in association with the Keystone Centre, Canadian Hockey League, Western Hockey League and SUBWAY® Restaurants are pleased to announce that Westman Communications Group Place will serve as one of the two WHL hosts for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series to be played in November.
The game, which will feature Team WHL against the Russian National Junior Team, will be played on Tuesday, November 11th (Remembrance Day) and will be one of six games to be played across Canada between November 10-20th.
The six-game series opens for the first time with two games hosted by the WHL beginning in Saskatoon against the Blades on Monday, November 10th. Following Tuesday’s game in Brandon, the series will shift to the Ontario Hockey League for games three and four against the Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs. For the first time next season the competition will end in the QMJHL with Game 5 hosted by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Tuesday November 18, followed by the Game 6 series finale to be hosted by the Rimouski Oceanic on Thursday November 20.
“It is an honor for our organization to host this game. This series has taken on tremendous importance for the selection of the World Junior roster,” says Wheat Kings general manager and coach Kelly McCrimmon. “As well, it’s an opportunity for our fans and our city to once again be on the national stage.”
The SUBWAY® Super Series has been an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada for the past 11 years prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. In each of the last four seasons the series has been decided in the final game with the CHL emerging victorious for the ninth time in 2013 winning by a 10-8 margin in points. Team Canada also faced Russia for the fourth straight time at the World Junior Championship this season in Malmo, Sweden, with Russia earning the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over Canada. Russia’s roster featured 10 players from the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series along with Mikhail Grigorenko who participated in the event in 2011 and 2012, while Canada’s roster included 21 players from last year’s series along with Mathew Dumba who also played for Team WHL in 2011 and 2012.
“We’re honored and are looking forward to having the SUBWAY Super Series in Westman Place,” said Neil Thomson, general manager, Keystone Centre. “Brandon Wheat King fans are in for a real treat, we’re a hockey community and have no doubt we’ll see a lot of support for our WHL All Stars for this event.
“For the sixth year running, SUBWAY® Restaurants will join hockey fans across Canada in cheering on our country’s top major junior players,” said Kathleen Bell, Director of National Marketing, SUBWAY® Restaurants of Canada. “As the Official Training Restaurant of the CHL, we are delighted to lend our support to the SUBWAY® Super Series and continue to fuel CHL fans and athletes across the country.”
2014 will mark the first time that Brandon has hosted this event in eleven years since the inaugural Canada-Russia Challenge in 2003. Team WHL closed out the 6-game tournament on November 27th, 2003 with a 7-1 victory as the Canadian Hockey League won five of the six games. Saskatoon meanwhile will be hosting its first since 2005.
Members of the 2003 WHL All Stars included three Wheat Kings – Eric Fehr, Ryan Stone and Lance Monych. The team, coached by Brent Sutter of the Red Deer Rebels, also included former Wheat King netminder Josh Harding, who was playing for Regina at the time, current Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal blueliner Josh Gorges, Philadelphia Flyer Braydon Coburn, Carolina’s Cam Ward and Brent Seabrook of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
All six games of the SUBWAY ® Super Series will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports. The 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Bank of Montreal and Old Dutch.
2014 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
Game 1 – Monday November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday November 11 at Brandon, MB
Game 3 – Thursday November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday November 20 at Rimouski, QC
Details on ticket prices and on sale dates for Brandon will be announced in the near future. However, Wheat Kings Season Ticket holders will have first option to purchase their seats for this game, which will be the first nationally televised game to be played in Brandon since the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.