Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Tickets Sales Brisk, and Some Other Stuff Too

  The curtain has yet to go up on the regular season and the Brandon Wheat Kings have already met one of their key goals.

  The club announced Wednesday that they’ve surpassed their off-season goal of selling 2,500 season tickets, having sold 2,539 packages as of Wednesday afternoon.

  “We are very encouraged by the surge in season ticket sales over the past couple of weeks,” said Wheat Kings’ Director of Marketing and Ticket Sales Matt McNish in a release, “I think it shows that fans are excited about the upcoming season and we are seeing that represented in our numbers.”

  The current total represents about 250 more than the club has sold at this time a year ago, and more than a hundred more than they sold all of last season.

   Some news and notes from the Brandon Wheat Kings... 
- Macoy Erkamps was released by the St. Louis Blues from his Amateur Tryout Agreement on Wednesday and is on his way back to Brandon.  Erkamps saw action in just one game with the Blues at the Travere City Prospects Tournament, going pointless with a +2 rating.  He’s expected to practice with the Wheat Kings on Thursday...

- Tim McGauley was invited to attend the Washington Capitals main camp, which begins on Friday.  McGauley is attending the Capitals’ camp on an Amateur Tryout Agreement.

- Seven other Wheat Kings are away at NHL Camps, with drafted players Ivan Provorov, John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk and Reid Duke expected to attending the main camps of Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida and Minnesota respectively.

- The other three Wheat Kings were all with the Oilers in Jordan Papirny, Colton Waltz and Rihards Bukarts.  The Oilers’ prospects play the University of Alberta Golden Bears Wednesday night in Edmonton to wrap up their rookie camp.  All three players will then learn their fate as far as staying for main camp or being returned to the Wheat Kings.

- If you missed it earlier this week, the Wheat Kings reduced their pre-season roster to 28 players by releasing 16-year old defenceman Dane Hirst.  Hirst did not see action in the Wheat Kings’ opening two pre-season games this past weekend.  Brandon has 18 forwards, seven defencemen and three goaltenders on their roster including 15-year olds Caiden Dailey, Rylan Bettens and Garrett Sambrook.

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