Shoppers Drug Mart is pleased to announce plans to give western Manitoba hockey fans the opportunity to choose the Brandon Wheat Kings' Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 Western Hockey League season.
Beginning this weekend, Fan balloting will be available at both Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Brandon as well as online at www.wheatkings.com
. Wheat Kings' fans can also cast a vote by visiting BDO Dunwoody Fan Services during all Wheat King home games at Westman Communications Group Place.
To help officially kick off this year's Fan voting, several members of the Wheat Kings will be visiting the new Shoppers Drug Mart location on 18th Street this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. While Matt Lowry, Del Cowan and Mark Schneider will be signing autographs and casting the first votes from 2-3 p.m., Chad Erb, Cale Jefferies and Matt Calvert.
As well, Wheat Kings' Captain and Gold Medal winning defenceman Keith Aulie will be attending between 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The deadline to enter is Monday, March 9th at 12 midnight, with the winner to be announced by Richard and Glenda Marsh of Shoppers Drug Mart on Wednesday, March 11th when the Wheat Kings play host to the visiting Swift Current Broncos during Brandon's second to last regular season home game at Westman Place.
Recent winners of the hockey club's Player of the Year Fan Voting have included the likes of Matt Calvert (2008), Mark Derlago (2007), Codey Burki (2006) and Eric Fehr (2005), who later became only the fifth Wheat King to be chosen the WHL Player of the Year, joining the likes of Peter Schaefer (1997), Marty Murray (1995), Ray Ferraro (1984) and Ron Chipperfield (1974). A native of Minnedosa, Chipperfield scored 261 goals during his Wheat Kings' career, while Ferraro still has the distinction of scoring the most goals in a single season (108).
This marks the second season that Shoppers Drug Mart has served as the Title Sponsor for the Wheat Kings' Player of the Year Award.
On the ice, the Wheat Kings open up a 2-game weekend home stand Friday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Wheat Kings, who had their 7-game road winning streak snapped Wednesday night in Saskatoon, will be hoping to beat the Warriors for the first time this season.
Brandon closes out the weekend on Saturday night against the Kootenay Ice. The Wheat Kings enter the weekend with a record of 29-14-3-1, good for 62 points.
Tickets to both weekend games are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca.