Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Jan. 19

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

Great news from the Western Hockey League head office Monday afternoon as veteran Brandon Wheat Kings center Tim McGauley has been chosen the Denny’s Player of the Week.

McGauley notched six points (2g-4a), while posting an impressive plus-seven rating in three games over the past week, leading the Wheat Kings to three straight victories in that span.

On Tuesday, January 13th, McGauley was held pointless as Brandon defeated the host Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1.  On Friday, January 16th, McGauley had a four-point night (2g-2a) and finished the game with a plus-five rating while claiming first star honours in an 8-5 triumph over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. McGauley finished the week by chipping in with two helpers in a 5-3 win over the Broncos in Swift Current on Saturday.

A 19-year-old from Wilcox, SK, McGauley has tallied 56 points (27g-29a) along with a plus-17 rating in 46 games this season.  He currently is tied for sixth place in league scoring and his 27 goals are also tied for fifth overall in the WHL.  The 6’0”, 185 lb forward is in his third WHL campaign. Originally a first round pick, 20th overall, of the Saskatoon Blades in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, McGauley has amassed 161 points (65g-96a) in 199 career regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Connor Ingram of the Kamloops Blazers for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.

The Wheat Kings, who ran their win streak to four games with back to back wins over the weekend, will be hoping to build on their Eastern Conference lead this coming weekend when they play host to both the Prince Albert Raiders and Regina Pats on Friday and Saturday nights.

Brandon is currently 33-9-3-1 and lead the league with an impressive home ice record of 16-3-3.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

Friday, January 23rd vs. Prince Albert Raiders @ 7:30pm
  (Westoba Credit Union 5th Annual Diaper Derby)
Saturday, January 24th vs. Regina Pats @ 7:30pm
  (Featuring the Cameron Hughes Experience, presented by Victoria Inn)

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, January 20th @ 1:30pm
Wednesday, January 21st @ 2:00pm
Thursday, January 22nd @ 2:00pm
(All practices to be held in the Canada Games Sportsplex)

THIS WEEK’s PLAYER APPEARANCES:

Wednesday, January 21st 2 Glenboro
CIBC Read to Succeed Program Visit

WHEAT KINGS OFF TO THE CHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME:

The Canadian Hockey League in association with the host Niagara IceDogs, and BMO Financial Group, will host the CHL Top Prospects Game this Thursday in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Among the forty players participating will be two members of the Brandon Wheat Kings – 18-year old veteran Ryan Pilon and 17-year old Russian rookie blueliner Ivan Provorov.

“The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of the highlights of the hockey season and truly features the next wave of talent to the NHL,” said CHL President David Branch.   “Since 1996, the CHL’s top prospects have had the opportunity to showcase their skills in this event before hundreds of NHL scouts and General Managers.   We look forward to the game on January 22 in a brand new world-class facility, home to the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs, with 40 of the top players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft competing before the passionate hockey fans in St. Catharines and to CHL fans across Canada watching live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”

Thirty-two of the CHL’s 60 member clubs will be represented in this game.  Both Pilon and Provorov will be dressing up on Team Orr, coached by the former Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr.

In the past 19 years, 265 players from this event have been selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, representing 47 per cent of all players selected by NHL clubs in the first round.

SPORTSMAN’S DINNER A COMPLETE SELL OUT!

The Wheat Kings are pleased to announce that the 2015 CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, January 29th has been sold out – for the seventh straight year.

Headlining the event, which is held annually to raise money for the hockey club’s Scholarship Fund, will feature Hometown Hockey’s Ron MacLean, comedian Kelly Taylor and emcee Dick Jonckowski.

BRANDON BITS:

McGauley continues to lead the Wheat Kings in scoring with 27 goals and 56 points in 46 games.  His 7 game winning goals remain among the league leaders.  McGauley scored twice and set up three others in Brandon’s 8-5 win over Lethbridge last Friday night … Western Manitoba hockey fans will want to circle Friday, January 30th on their calendar as Giant Tiger presents John Quenneville Bobblehead Night to the first 2,000 fans in attendance … Ten members of the Wheat Kings have reached double digits in goals this season.  The latest was Braylon Shmyr, who scored twice in Brandon’s 5-3 win over the Broncos in Swift Current on Saturday night. Including ex-Regina Pat Morgan Klimchuk, the Wheat Kings feature eleven players with more than ten goals this season … Stay tuned this week as the Wheat Kings and Shoppers Drug Mart announce plans for the 2014-15 Fans Choice Awards.

Courtesy of  BrandonWheatKings.com

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