Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League have
announced that should a sixth game be necessary in their Eastern Conference
Quarterfinal series with Regina, it will be played at Credit Union Place in Dauphin.
While the Wheat Kings will host games three and four of their best of seven
opening round playoff series next week at Westman Communications Group Place,
the WHL club will be forced to play game six away from home due to the annual
Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, scheduled for the Keystone Centre from March 31st
to April 5th.
Game six of the series will be played Monday,
March 31st at 7:30pm.
The Wheat Kings and Pats will kick off the series this weekend with back to
back games in Regina on Saturday and Sunday nights, before shifting to Brandon
for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday, March 26th and 28th
respectively. Game five (if necessary) is scheduled for Saturday, March 29th
while the seventh and deciding game would be played on Wednesday, April 2nd at
the Brandt Centre.
"This will be an exciting venue for our players should game 6 be
necessary," says Brandon general manager and head coach Kelly McCrimmon.
"It is close enough for our fans to attend, and we feel it will be well
received in Dauphin and area."
"We would like to recognize and thank Marlin Murray and the Dauphin Kings
organization for their cooperation and assistance in securing this game for
Dauphin," McCrimmon went on to say.
Three current members of the Wheat Kings grew up in the Parkland region and
played AAA Midget with the Rangers. Among them captain Ryan Pulock from
Grandview. The other two are Roblin's Jayce Hawryluk and 20-year old veteran Rene Hunter.
A first round draft choice (15th overall) of the New York Islanders in last
June's National Hockey League Draft, Pulock recently set a franchise record for
Most Career Goals Scored by a Defenceman - a record that had been previously
held by former all star Brad McCrimmon.
Dauphin's Credit Union Place is a 1,763 seat (plus 752 Standing Room) arena
that is home to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Kings. This $8.6 million
facility, which opened on April 7th, 2006, has all the amenities both fans and
players alike require.
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