Brandon, MB. — The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, in association with Koch Fertilizer Canada, have unveiled plans to present an unofficial kick-off to the 2019-20 Manitoba Minor Hockey season Friday afternoon when the visiting Winnipeg ICE pay their second visit of the season to Westoba Place.
In recognition of the new season, Koch Fertilizer Canada has purchased blocks of tickets so that over twenty teams will have the opportunity to travel to Brandon for the traditional minor hockey kick-off game, scheduled to get underway Monday, November 11th at 2:30pm. As well, the Brandon plant has also purchased a number of tickets so that a number of CFB Shilo military families can take in the contest.
Among the communities planning to be represented at Friday afternoon’s game, which will feature a ceremonial opening face-off, include Treherne, Boissevain, Reston, Carberry, Minnedosa, Hamiota, Rivers, Shoal Lake, Strathclair, Birtle, Killarney, Shilo, Melita, Souris and Brandon.
Participating in the ceremonial opening face-off will be minor hockey players from Shilo and Boissevain as well as CFB Shilo’s Lt. Col. Jeff Lyttle and his Air Cadet daughters Emma and Haley.
Presenting the colours will be members of Canadian Forces Base Shilo, under the direction of Sgt. Mark Hurley and the national anthem will be performed by the Military Wives Choir.
A Moment of Silence will also be observed before Friday’s game, in hour of those Canadians lost in combat over the years.
On the ice, the Wheat Kings and Ice will be meeting for the third time this year. The 10-game season series is currently deadlocked at one after the two clubs split their season opening home and home weekend series.
Winners of two of their last three home games, the Wheat Kings enter this weekend with a record of 8-10-0.
Brandon travels to Saskatchewan this weekend for back to back games against Prince Albert and Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday nights respectively.
Tickets to Monday afternoon’s game are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com. While the box office will not be open Sunday, it will reopen at 1pm Monday, in order to observe Remembrance Day.
The city’s annual Remembrance Day service will begin at 11am Monday at Westoba Place.
ABOUT KOCH FERTILIZER CANADA: Koch Fertilizer, LLC, and its subsidiaries are collectively one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of fertilizers. The company owns or has interests in fertilizer plants in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. Its distribution network covers global demand through state-of-the-art terminals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.