Monday, 28 September 2015

Communication and Teamwork Keys to Success

  The Brandon Wheat Kings got a taste of being soldiers on Monday, spending the day at CFB Shilo for their annual 'Solider for a Day' team building event.

  The players participated in a number of activities including the obstacle course, casualty evacuations and small arms training.

  "To get to experience what the base is all about and what these guys through day-to-day and how they serve all of use on a regular basis," said Brandon assistant coach David Anning, "It's exciting to spend the day for them and it also provides us an opportunity to do some team-building, enjoy a day away from the rink, spend the day outside and really get to know each other and work together on different tasks."

Rihards Bukarts leads teammates in a casualty evacuation drill
Monday at CFB Shilo.
  The 'Solider for a Day' initiative between the Wheat Kings and CFB Shilo began in 2010, the season after the club hosted the Memorial Cup.

  There's always a parallel made between the military and sports team, generally regarding teamwork and trust, and a trip like this may increase the team's camaraderie moving forward.

  "Communication is key.  Any good hockey player will tell you...communication on the ice, on the bench, being together as a team and working together as a team is really important to make the club successful," said captain Kelly Holden of CFB Shilo, who also serves as president of Shilo Minor Hockey, "We tried to relate that in everything we've done here."

  Among the tasks the Wheat Kings experienced were guiding blindfolded teammates to set up a tent, and an exercise where a player fell backward from about eight feet as was caught by his teammates.

  Since the Memorial Cup, the ties between CFB Shilo and the hockey club have grown significantly.

  In addition to hosting a Remembrance Day game and helping to raise money for the United Way's Community Fund that supports military families, the Wheat Kings and Team Kirkland (Glen Kirkland of Royal Lepage Realty) send one military family to each regular season home game this season, in recognition of their outstanding service to Canada.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings announced Monday that they'd sold 2,679 season tickets ahead of Friday's home opener, up about 300 from last season...single game tickets for the Wheat Kings' remaining 35 home games go on sale Tuesday at 10:00 a.m...former Wheat King Colby Robak signed an AHL deal with the Rochester Americans on Monday...NHL Central Scouting Service will release their preliminary 'Players to Watch' list on Tuesday.

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