Friday, 14 January 2011

Wiebe Set for 250th

Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe will hit a bit of a milestone Friday night when Brandon hosts the Red Deer Rebels (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

The 20-year old will play his 250th career game in the Western Hockey League.

Wiebe's first WHL game came as an affiliate player call-up with Kamloops Blazers on January 5th of 2007 and he says he remembers it well.

"I remember jumping on the plane with (Mark Schneider), heading out to Kamloops and jumping into our first game against Kelowna," says Wiebe, "I was pretty excited and pretty nervous...it seems like it was a lot longer ago than it actually was."

Wiebe has 85 goals and 163 points in 249 career games including 30 goals and 56 points in 78 games since joining the Wheat Kings thirteen months ago.

"It's been great here," says Wiebe, "Playing in your hometown is always exciting, being able to live at home with your parents and not being away, they sure enjoy that too."

Wiebe was named the 54th captain in Wheat Kings' history last September and with the 20-year old playing in his fourth and final Western Hockey League, I asked what the best part of being a WHL player was.

"The opportunities that you get, the experiences that you get and the people that you meet," says Wiebe, "You learn a lot when you play in the league, and it sets you up for life in general so it's been a really good experience."

Chaff...Friday's game is the fourth and final meetings for the Wheat Kings and Rebels for the 2010-2011 WHL regular season with Red Deer having won all three meetings between the two teams this season...Brandon F Scott Glennie has points in 10 of the last 11 games, scoring eight goals and ten assists in that span...Brandon will announce Friday that former WHL and NHL coach Ken Hitchcock will be the headline speaker for this year's Brandon Wheat Kings' Sportsman's Dinner on February 10th.

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