Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Dec. 8

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

The Wheat Kings went 1-2-0 this past week but remain on top of the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference standings with a record of 22-7-2.

After dropping back to back games to Regina in a home and home series, the Wheat Kings bounced back on Saturday to beat the Broncos in Swift Current. Brandon is currently two points up on second place Medicine Hat in the Conference and nine ahead of the second place Pats in the East Division.

Veteran netminder Jordan Papirny played all three games and has now appeared in ten consecutive games for the Wheat Kings,  who play three of their final pre-Christmas home games at Westman Place.


Wednesday, December 3rd @ Regina – Pats 4 Wheat Kings 2
16-year old rookie Sam Steel scored twice, including an empty netter in the final period as Regina opened up the home and home series with the win. Captain Peter Quenneville scored both goals in a losing cause for the Wheat Kings.

Friday, December 5th @ Brandon – Pats 3 Wheat Kings 2
The Wheat Kings rallied from a 2-0 second period deficit only to lose 3-2, Brandon’s second straight home ice loss. Reid Duke and Nolan Patrick scored goals for the Wheat Kings

Saturday, December 6th @ Swift Current – Wheat Kings 6 Broncos 4
Brandon scored four powerplay goals against the Broncos league leading penalty killing unit en route to the win. The Wheat Kings got two goals from rookie blueliner Ivan Provorov, giving him ten on the season and second place among all WHL defencemen.


Wednesday, December 10th @ Moose Jaw Warriors
Friday, December 12th vs Swift Current Broncos @ 7:30pm “Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear Toss”
Sunday, December 14th vs. Red Deer Rebels @ 4:00pm
“Calendar Poster Day presented by Brandon Sun, Heritage Co-op”


Monday, December 8th @ 1:45pm
Tuesday, December 9th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, December 11th @ 1:45pm


Monday, December 8th – Christmas School visits (Waverly and Riverheights Schools)
Monday, December 8th – Minor Hockey Caravan visit to Gladstone (presented by Canadian Tire and C.A.R.M.)
Tuesday, December 9th – CIBC Read to Succeed visit to Hartney School


The Wheat Kings, in association with Shoppers Mall, invite fans to help make holiday dreams come true on Friday, December 12th at the annual TEDDY BEAR & TOUQUE TOSS GAME at Westman Communications Group.

The Wheat Kings will play host to the visiting Swift Current Broncos at 7:30pm and fans attending the game are being encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal or toque and when Brandon scores its first goal, toss your bears on to the ice surface.  All stuffed animals collected will then be donated to the local Christmas Cheer Board.

“Shoppers Mall is excited to partner with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the Teddy Bear Toss,” says Shoppers Mall Marketing Director Candace McKenzie.  “It is a great initiative for our community and we encourage all residents of Westman to attend this Brandon Wheat Kings game in support of the local Christmas Cheer Board.  The donated stuffed animals and toques bring great joy and smiles to children during the holiday season.”

Since the Wheat King Holiday tradition began in ’94, well over 35,000 stuffed animals have been collected and distributed by the Local Christmas Cheer Board. Over 2,100 stuffed animals were collected at last year’s event.


The season of giving continues Sunday afternoon when the Wheat Kings host Red Deer.

Fans attending are asked to bring a donation of a new unwrapped toy or non perishable food item for the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner.

As well, fans attending the game will receive a full color 2015 Wheat Kings Poster Calendar, courtesy of Heritage Co-op and The Brandon Sun.


Veteran center Tim McGauley was chosen the Wheat Kings IMPACT Player of the Month for November.  A former first round bantam draft choice of the Saskatoon Blades, McGauley led the team in scoring last month with nine goals and fourteen points in eleven games. Of his nine goals, five were game winners for the Wheat Kings, who currently lead the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 22-7-2.

This award is is award is presented to the Wheat King who contributes to the team and exemplifies the characteristics of what IMPACT stands for … Inspire, Motivate, Participate, Achieve, Champion and Team.


While no Wheat Kings were invited to Hockey Canada’s Selection Camp last week, Brandon could be represented at the World Junior Hockey Championship by 17-year old defenceman Ivan Provorov.  He was one of 38 players invited to the Russian National Junior Team camp later this month.  Provovov is currently third in team scoring with 33 points (10-23-33) in 31 games.


McGauley enters Wednesday’s game in Moose Jaw riding an 8-game point scoring streak … McGauley and Hawryluk share the team lead in scoring with 36 points each … New Jersey Devils first round draft choice John Quenneville reached the 100-point plateau in his WHL career with his goal against the Broncos on Saturday … Defenceman Macoy Erkamps meanwhile is one point shy … Brandon has lost its last two home games but are 10-2-2 overall … Wheat Kings will close out their pre-season schedule on Tuesday, December 16th – RAIN CHECK NIGHT – against Regina.

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  1. George Bain says

    Mitch are there any players on Brandon that the Jets would be interested in drafting?

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      yup …. Ivan Provorov might fall right into the Jets range and Ryan Pilon could be a potential 2nd round pick in their range.

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