Tonight Is Wheat Kings' Awards Night
Brandon, MB. - An exciting night is in store for western Manitoba hockey fans tonight as the Brandon Wheat Kings and Westoba Place will host the Western Hockey League club's Annual Awards Night when they play host to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.
Tonight's game will not only bring the curtain down on the Wheat Kings' 2017-18 season, it will be the second of a weekend home and home weekend series between the two teams.
Brandon edged the league leading Warriors 6-5 on Friday night to improve to 39-27-3-2 on the season.
Brandon is off to the WHL playoffs for the fifth straight season and for the 17th time in the last eighteen years and will meet the Medicine Hat Tigers in the best of seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
As for tonight, the Victoria Inn presents the annual Awards Night, with trophies to be handed out before, during and immediately following the game.
In addition, there will be a special presentation made to Brandon's graduating 20-year olds - goalkeeper Logan Thompson, right-winger Evan Weinger and captain James Shearer. Entering their final WHL games this weekend, Weinger, who played his first three seasons in Portland had 67 goals and 145 points in 249 career games. Meanwhile Shearer, who began his junior career with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Steinbach Pistons, had thirteen goals and 50 points in 164 career games while Thompson had compiled a 3.26 goals against average, a .905 save percentage and four shutouts in 122 appearances.
Following is a program for Saturday night's Awards:
BEFORE THE GAME:
Maggie Janz Memorial Scholarship
McDonalds Frank King Most Community Minded Player
MazerGroup 3 Stars Trophy
Presentation to the Overage Players
BEFORE START OF THE 2nd PERIOD:
Canad Inns Hardest Working Player
Keystone Centre Most Sportsmanlike Player
Shoppers Drug Mart Fans Choice Award
BEFORE START OF THE 3rd PERIOD:
Precision Toyota Unsung Hero Award
Manitoba Hydro Turk Broda Top Manitoba Born
Coca Cola Rob Stouffer Most Inspirational Player
UCT Dennis Truscott Most Improved Player
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE GAME:
Brandon Sun Scoring Champion Trophy
Regent Custom Cresting Art Marshall Top Graduating
MNP Rookie of the Year
Brad McCrimmon Defenceman of the Year
Meighen Haddad Most Valuable Player
Ticket sales for tonight have been brisk. To order yours before they're "sold out" visit the Keystone Centre box office, call (204) 726-3555 or order online at keystonecentre.com
Tickets to Brandon's first two playoff home games in Dauphin are also on sale this weekend at the Keystone Centre box office.
Games three and four of the series will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27th and 28th.
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