Thursday, 10 September 2015

Wheat Kings #1, and a Few Other Notes from Thursday

  Those high expectations for the Brandon Wheat Kings this season -- they got a little higher on Thursday.

  The club was #1 in the Canadian Hockey League's pre-season Top-10 rankings.

  The top ten teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

  Three other WHL teams are in the top ten.

  The defending league champion Kelowna Rockets are #4, the Seattle Thunderbirds are #7 and the memorial cup host Red Deer Rebels are #10.

1. Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2. Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
3. Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
4. Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
5. London Knights (OHL)
6. Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
7. Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
8. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
9. Erie Otters (OHL)
10. Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
 
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  It took a while but Brandon product Michael Ferland is no longer a restricted free agent.

  The former Wheat King signed a one-way, two-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

  The new deal will pay Ferland 700-thousand dollars this season and 950-thousand dollars next year.

  The 23-year old Ferland collected two goals and five points in 26 regular season games with the Flames last season before a breakout performance in the playoffs, netting three goals and five points in nine contests.

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  The Wheat Kings are slowly but surely closing in our their season ticket goal for this season.

  The club revealed Thursday that close to 23-hundred packages had been sold for this coming season, about 200 short of their goal.

  Season Ticket holders can pick up their packages tomorrow (Friday, September 11th) from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the south parking lot at the Keystone Centre.

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  The Wheat Kings and Smitty's Restaurants of Brandon announced the return of the Lucky 7 promotion for the upcoming season.

  This is the 15th season for the promotion, which sees fans treated to a free 2+2+2 breakfast when the Wheat Kings score seven or more goals during a home game.

  Last year, the Wheat Kings accomplished that feat ten times.

  It resulted in close to 1,200 breakfasts being served, and Westman hockey fans gobbling up:
  • 1,952 dozen eggs
  • 732 pounds of bacon
  • 901 pounds of sausage
  • 11,715 pancakes
  • 1,065 loaves of bread
  • 73 gallons of maple syrup

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