Brandon, MB. – The holiday season is here and the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings will certainly be busy over the course of the next ten days, doing their part in helping to make the season brighter for those less fortunate throughout western Manitoba.
The Wheat Kings, who kicked off a 5-game home stand Wednesday night with a win over the Regina Pats, will face off against Medicine Hat and Kelowna this Friday and Saturday nights respectively, before taking on the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, December 15th.
Fans attending this Friday night’s game against the Tigers are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation or a new, unwrapped toy. All goods collected will then be donated to the Westman and Area Traditional Christmas Dinner.
On Saturday night, the Wheat Kings will host their first ever Star Wars Night, with the players set to wear special theme jerseys against the Rockets, in support of the MS Society. Most of the jerseys, with the exception of at least one, will be auctioned off before and during the first two periods of the game.
While the Wheat Kings have held a number of special theme jersey nights in recent years, this Saturday’s game will mark the first time that the WHL club has produced ones based on a popular movie phenomenon. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opens throughout North America next Thursday, December 14th.
Saturday’s game will be the second of three special theme jerseys to be ‘donned by the Wheat Kings this season. Last month, over $15,000 was raised for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Meanwhile one of Brandon’s Star Wars jerseys was auctioned off on 94.7 Star FM on Thursday. Strathclair Credit Union paid $625 for the number 29 jersey, to be worn Saturday night by defenceman Zach Wytinck of Glenboro.
Fans planning to attend Saturday’s game are being encouraged to come in their favorite Star Wars costume for a chance to come in their favorite Star Wars costume for a chance to win some great prizes. As well, the game will have a definite Star Wars theme from start to finish – from the music to the intermission contest and promotions.
The Westman and Area Traditional Christmas dinner was started in 1985 by former Wheat Kings’ coach Rocky Addison, his family and a few close friends. The first dinner was attended by 30 people and was held in a small church on the corner of 8th Street and Victoria Avenue in Brandon, Manitoba which Rocky owned. It outgrew the capacity of the church and was moved to the Prairie Oasis Senior Centre. The number of people attending the dinner increased to a point where the dinner had to be moved once again to a larger facility – The Victoria Inn. Last year, approximately 1500 meals were delivered to shut-ins and served 2000 meals to those who attended the dinner
The Wheat Kings home stand concludes next Friday in a game that will feature the Annual Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear and Toque Toss. Fans attending next week’s game are asked to bring a new stuffed animal to the game and when the Wheat Kings score their first goal of the night, fans will be able to toss their teddy to the ice below. All plush toys and toques will be donated to the Brandon Christmas Cheer Registry.
Tickets to all five games, including next Tuesdays “2 for Tuesday Night” against Kamloops, are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also call (204) 726-3555 or order online at keystonecentre.com