Shilo, MB. – Members of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings will get a taste of being soldiers Tuesday, September 27th when they travel out to Canadian Forces Base Shilo for their annual “Soldier for a Day” team building event.
The annual visit, which began seven years ago on the invitation of the Second Batttalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, will see the players participating in a number of activities, from practicing casualty evacuation to setting up a tent with a variety of challenges.
Among the many challenges in store for the players and coaches – the obstacle course, rapalling and both gun drills and LAV rides.
There’s always a parallel made between the military and sports team, generally regarding teamwork and trust, and a trip like this may increase the team’s camaraderie moving forward.
The original visit was arranged to help repay the Wheat Kings’ organization for hospitality the organization showed during the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, held in Brandon.
Since the Memorial Cup, the ties between CFB Shilo and the hockey club have grown significantly. In addition to hosting a Remembrance Day game, the Wheat Kings and Team Kirkland (Glen Kirkland of Home Life Realty) send one military family to each regular season home game this season, in recognition of their outstanding service to Canada.
The Wheat Kings are coming off a weekend that saw them drop an overtime decision Friday night in Moose Jaw and then had their 2016 Home Opener postponed during the second period of Saturday’s return visit when fog invaded the Keystone Centre. Due to concern for player safety, WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and on ice officials called an end to the game, disappointing close to 5,200 fans.