(ISN) – Brandon, MB. — The Brandon Wheat Kings’ CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner has come and gone for another year after another “sold out” event Thursday night at the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavillion.
The event, which is held annually to raise money for the Wheat Kings’ Scholarship Fund, was sold out for the seventh straight year and featured the likes of Hometown Hockey’s Ron MacLean, comedian Kelly Taylor and the “Polish Eagle” Dick Jonckowski of the University of Minnesota.
In addition to the dinner, the evening featured both Live and Silent Auctions and among the hight bids during the event included a Winnipeg Jets package that included an autographed Dustin Byfuglien game jersey and two tickets to see Winnipeg host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, March 1st. Other popular items included a Winnipeg Blue Bombers package that included eight suite tickets at Investor Group Field (donated by Canad Inns Brandon) and autographed jerseys from former Wheat Kings co-captain Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
Other autographed jerseys that were up for bid Thursday night included SUBWAY SUPER SERIES game jerseys of Brandon’s Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville, New Jersey’s Jordin Tootoo, Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators, the New York Islanders’ Travis Hamonic, Los Angeles Kings’ netminder Jonahtan Quick and former Duck and future Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne.
In addition to the jerseys, a number of unique items were auctioned off. Among them an autographed frame photo of former Brandon netminder Ron Hextall battling Felix Potvin, a limited edition Gordie Howe lithograph as well as a Wheat Kings’ “Captains Collection” that featured autographed photos of Brayden Schenn and Mark Stone, an autographed stick from Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenceman Ryan Pulock and a beautiful Hockey Canada landscape framed photo that displayed Brandon’s U17 captains Nolan Patrick, Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick.
As well, several hundred dollars was raised in coat check tips for Crocus Plains TADD.
The WHL continues to be one of the best developmental hockey leagues in the world and the WHL provides our finest young talent the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising academic goals.
The first year that the Sportsman’s Dinner was held was May 2nd, 1959 in the old Brandon Armory. Guest speakers that night were major league pitcher Lefty Gomez, Father Athol Murray and former Chicago Blackhawks great Bill Mosienko of Winnipeg.
On the ice, the Wheat Kings will open up a weekend home and home series with the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night. The first 2,000 paid admissions will receive a John Quenneville Bobblehead, presented by GIANT TIGER.