Thursday, 13 May 2010

Memorial Cup Notebook

The Brandon Wheat Kings are just one day away from beginning the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

As part of the club's day Wednesday, players took a walk through the remainder of the Keystone Centre.

Right-winger Scott Glennie says it gave them a better appreciation of all the work that's being put in to hosting the event.

"They've done a great job, all the stuff that's going on," says Glennie, "Walked through the Molson Hockey House was great to see, all the stuff they've done there, and even the work they've done on the facility. Everyone has done a great job."

The Wheat Kings are getting more and more anxious to get the tournament started, and will do so tomorrow night against the Windsor Spitfires.

"Our guys have been working as hard as we can to get ourselves back in shape," says Glennie, "I think we've done a good job and the practices have been really good for the past couple of weeks here."

The other three participating teams all arrived in Brandon Wednesday with the Calgary Hitmen also practicing at Westman Communications Group Place.

All four teams will go through workouts again Thursday morning.

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Del Cowan's WHL career will end where it started.

The Hartney product and former Wheat King is back in Brandon as a member of the WHL Champion Calgary Hitmen.

Cowan was released by Brandon at October's 20-year old deadline and after a short stint with Prince George, was traded to Calgary in early November.

"You never know what's going to happen in hockey," says Cowan, "I was lucky enough to end up with the Calgary Hitmen, we had great success in the playoffs and it was a great accomplishment to win the WHL title."

Cowan had four goals and 16 points in the post-season in helping Calgary claim the title.

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The officiating staff at the Memorial Cup will have some local flavour.

Brandon product Matt Kirk is one of the referees assigned by the Western Hockey League for the event.

Kirk currently lives in Victoria.

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A limited number of individual game tickets for the Memorial Cup will go on sale on Friday.

You can purchase the tickets through the Keystone Centre box office (726-3555) or ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ca).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How many are available? In the hundreds or less?