Friday, 18 February 2011

Wheat Kings' Duo Recalls 2007 Canada Games

As week one of the Canada Winter Games winds down in Halifax, a pair of Brandon Wheat Kings are recalling their silver medal winning performances four years ago.

Shayne Wiebe and David Toews were both part of the Manitoba squad that lost 6-4 to Steven Stamkos and Team Ontario in the gold medal game in Whitehorse.

"I think the biggest thing for us was that we were so close as a team," says Toews, "We all grew up playing together and playing against each other so getting to know each other wasn't an issue. We were such a tight-knit group and always came to the rink prepared to work so I think that was the biggest thing."

"Just the whole experience, ya' know, going up and seeing all of the other athletes and watching some of the events," says Wiebe, who scored the winning goal in Manitoba's 7-6 overtime win over Quebec in the quarter-finals, "Playing with some guys that you've played against and with your whole life and coming together, and especially winning the silver for Manitoba."

Wiebe's medal and Team 'Toba jersey were put together into a shadow box display, and it proudly hangs in his parents' home, while Toews' medal hangs on his bedroom wall.

Former Wheat Kings Colby Robak, Travis Hamonic, Sanfred King and Paul Van de Velde were among the other members of Team Manitoba at the 2007 Games.

The age group at the 2011 Winter Games in Halifax is a year younger than was the case in 2007 (15-year olds as opposed to 16-year old).

This year's gold medal game features Wheat Kings' prospect Ayrton Nikkel and British Columbia against Quebec.

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