Friday, 18 March 2011

Family Affair for MacKay Friday

It'll be a family affair for Wheat Kings' centre Matt MacKay Friday night when Brandon visits the Warriors in the final regular season game at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre.

Matt's father Mark was Moose Jaw's first captain after the team moved from Winnipeg in 1984 and will drop the ceremonial opening faceoff prior to Friday's contest.

Matt, himself, is a former Warrior and has some great memories of the building.

"The crowd, as everyone knows, they sit literally right on top of you and with a sell-out crowd and they start getting loud, it's a really hard building to play in," says MacKay, "On the home side, when I played there, it's something that when the fans got under under you and started supported you, it would really boost the team."

MacKay jokingly said he might try and lobby Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe to allow him to take the ceremonial opening faceoff.
"I think it's something really special for my dad," says MacKay, "I've always been really proud of him growing up and I've always tried to model myself after him and I think it'll be something special for him as well to drop that puck so we'll see what happens."

Mark MacKay had 66 goals and 140 points in 71 games in his lone season with the Warriors in 1984-85, and the team has a year-end award for hustle and desire named after him.

He is now a Player Agent with CAA Sports LLC in Calgary. addition to D Ryley Miller possibly returning Friday, the Wheat Kings should also get F Dominick Favreau back this weekend. Favreau has been sidelined since February 24th because of a cracked rib...Friday's game will be the first between the two teams since former Wheat Kings' player and assistant coach Mike Vandenberghe joined the Warriors as an assistant coach in late December.

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