The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have teamed up with both the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation and the Western Manitoba Cancer Care Centre in raising both awareness and proceeds for our community during a special game in early February.
On Friday, February 9th the Wheat Kings will take to the ice in a special Team Canada jersey to face the visiting Saskatoon Blades at Westman Communications Group Place.
The jerseys, which will be predominantly red, will feature a special Maple Leaf logo that was worn by the hockey club during the opening game of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, played in Brandon. The Wheat Kings traditional crown logo will be displayed as one of the two shoulder patches on the sweater along with a unique grain elevator logo featuring a prairie sunrise.
In addition, the jersey trim along the waist will feature names of former Wheat King players and staff that have represented Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships, the World Cup and World Championships as well as the Winter Olympic Games.
Among the names that will be featured include 2-time gold medal winners Trevor Kidd, Marty Murray and Wade Redden.
Other World Junior gold medal winners include Keith Aulie, Darcy Werenka, Peter Schaefer and Kale Clague.
Rounding out the impressive list of names are John Quenneville, Mark Stone, Brayden Schenn, Jordin Tootoo, Derek Laxdal, Brad McCrimmon, Ray Allison, Brian Propp, Dale McMullin, Rick Blight, Billy Derlago, Kelly Greenbank, Vaughn Karpan, Bryan McCabe, Jason Chimera, Ron Hextall, Mike Maneluk and Ray Ferraro as well as staff members Darren Granger, Craig Heisinger and Kelly McCrimmon.
The current owner and former general manager and head coach of the WHL’s Wheat Kings, McCrimmon is the current Assistant GM of the National Hockey League’s newest entry, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Most of the jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game, with proceeds going to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. Fans can place a reserve bid in advance of the game by calling the Foundation office at (204) 578-4227. The deadline for placing a pre-game reserve bid is 4:30pm game day.