Brandon, MB. – As they prepare to play the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Washington tonight, the Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that veteran defenceman James Shearer has been named the Western Hockey League club’s new captain.
One of three local products on this year’s club, the 20-year old Shearer replaces Tanner Kaspick, who was dealt to the Victoria Royals at last week’s WHL Trade Deadline.
A former Manitoba Junior Hockey League Rookie of the Year, he was also a member of the 2016 Western Hockey League Championship club and is currently in his third season with the Wheat Kings organization.
Selected the Wheat Kings’ McDonalds Frank King Memorial Trophy winner as the club’s Most Community Minded Player last season. Entering tonight’s game – the first of three in three nights this weekend – the former AAA Midget Wheat King has eleven goals, 40 points and 68 penalty minutes in 138 games for the WHL club.
Brandon’s alternates for the balance of the 2017-18 campaign will be defenceman Schael Higsonand forwards Stelio Mattheos, Ty Lewis, Linden McCorrister and Connor Gutenberg.
Following tonight’s game, the Wheat Kings will travel to Everett to meet the Silvertips on Saturday and the Winterhawks in Portland on Sunday.
Shearer’s debut wearing the “C” in Brandon will come on Friday, February 2nd when the Wheat Kings return home to host the Prince George Cougars.