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Aulie Named Captain

September 17, 2008 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Brandon, Manitoba -- The Brandon Wheat Kings are pleased to announce that 19-year old defenceman Keith Aulie has been named the new Captain of the Western Hockey League club. Aulie becomes the 51st Captain in franchise history, succeeding defenceman Daryl Boyle who graduated from the WHL last spring.

A 6'6" 222 lb native of Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Aulie is entering his fourth season in the WHL. In 176 career games, the Calgary Flames draft choice has six goals, 28 points and 195 minutes in penalties.

This year's Alternate Captains include 20-year olds Chad Erb, Matt Lowry and Andrew Clark as well as 17-year old center Brayden Schenn. While Erb and Clark are entering their fourth and final seasons with the Wheat Kings, Lowry is set to begin his second after spending the 2006-07 campaign in Medicine Hat. Schenn meanwhile is the reigning Western League Rookie of the Year.

A former first round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings, Aulie will make his debut with the "C" Friday night when the Wheat Kings bring the curtain up on their 2008-2008 regular season against the visiting Regina Pats at Westman Place.

Game time is 7:30 and as of Wednesday afternoon, just over 3,000 tickets had been purchased for Friday's opener.

Tickets to Friday's game are on sale at the Keystone box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at

Speaking of tickets, the Wheat Kings say they've sold 2,465 Season Tickets. Last season, the club set a franchise record by selling over 2,700.

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