Wheat Kings

Brandon, MB. – Veteran defenceman Macoy Erkamps will reach a significant Western Hockey League milestone Friday night when he and takes to the ice to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings up against the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes at Westman Communications Group Place.

The 20-year old captain of the Wheat Kings, who is currently in his fifth and final season in the WHL, will be playing in his 300th career game.

In recognition of the milestone, the Western League club has announced that a special presentation will be made to the Delta, B.C. product before the game’s opening face-off.

Erkamps, who played his first three seasons in Lethbridge, is in his second season with the Wheat Kings after being acquired from the Hurricanes in September 2014.

Chosen last year’s winner of the Rob Stouffer Inspirational Player of the Year Trophy in Brandon, Erkamps enters Friday’s game having scored six goals and 28 points in thirty games. His six goals represent a career high in the WHL.

During his first season in Brandon, the 6’ 198 lb defenceman had three goals and 31 points in 68 games and in his 5-year career, he has scored 145 points – including 23 goals – in 299 regular season games. As a Wheat King, he has nine goals and 59 points in 98 games.

Erkamps becomes the second Brandon blueliner in as many years to be recognized for playing 300 career games. Eric Roy finished the 2014-15 campaign, having played in 322 career games, which places him second on the club’s all time list.

The Wheat Kings enter Friday’s game with a record of 18-9-1-2 and sitting in a share of top spot in the WHL’s Eastern Division with the Prince Albert Raiders. As for the Conference, Brandon is third behind Calgary and Red Deer. Lethbridge meanwhile is one point back of both the Raiders and Wheat Kings, with one game in hand.

Friday’s game is the first of three straight home games for the Wheat Kings, who host Kelowna on Saturday and Kamloops on Wednesday. Saturday’sgame against the defending WHL Champions will feature the Annual Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear Toss, in support of the Local Christmas Cheer Board.