Brandon, Manitoba – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with The Brandon Sun, CAA Manitoba, SUBWAY, Pauls’ Hauling and Maple Leaf Canada have announced plans to honour western Manitoba School Patrols during this Saturday’s game against the visiting Victoria Royals at Westman Communications Group Place.
Over five hundred school patrols from Brandon and surrounding area are expected to attend the game, compliments of the Wheat Kings, the Brandon Police Service as well as the five participating sponsors. In addition to well over four hundred patrols from the Brandon School Division, a number of tickets have been distributed to patrols across western Manitoba, including Hamiota, Minnedosa and Boissevain.
As well, the hockey club has announced a partnership with the Brandon Sun, aimed at recognizing children who are part of their school’s “Safety Patrol Unit“. Once a month, patrol members from one Brandon school will enjoy lunch with members of the Wheat Kings, compliments of Subway Restaurants of Brandon.
The first School Patrol Luncheon of the season was at Meadows School last week.
Veterans Stelio Mattheos, Ty Lewis and Baron Thompson joined over sixty patrols at Meadows.
This School Patrol Luncheon program is designed to recognize those children who volunteer their time in rain, snow or shine to help keep the streets safe for other children. It is also designed in a manner to attract new patrollers through the recognition and benefits of being part of their school’s Safety Patrol unit. Part of the program will also provide the hockey team and the Brandon Police Service a forum to relate important safety messages to Brandon and area students.
The School Safety Patrol Program has become a successful and respected safety program throughout western Manitoba. Through this program, combined with TD “Read to Succeed” and the hockey club’s popular Minor Hockey Caravan (presented by McDonalds and Hockey Manitoba), the Wheat Kings will again have a very strong presence and influence in local elementary schools.
In on ice news, Saturday’s game will be the second of a 2-game weekend home stand for the Wheat Kings, who beat Glen Hanlon’s Vancouver Giants on Friday.
The current general manager of the WHL Giants, Hanlon was one of two goalkeepers chosen to the Wheat Kings All Time Team during the team’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2016-17.
Tickets to both weekend games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com