Though temps outside still scream summer, the Brandon Wheat Kings today signalled that hockey is just around the corner in holding a media reception to make a handful announcements on the Western Hockey League season that lies ahead.
The club announced this afternoon that it has surpassed the 2,000 season ticket milestone for their regular season schedule that begins in just over a month's time with September 20th's home opener. As of today the exact number stood at 2,020 with a stated goal of 2,500 within reach in the weeks ahead. The 2018-2019 season saw just under 2,600 become season ticket holders.
The opportunity was also used to announce the upcoming training camp schedule, which will begin with rookie camp registration on Tuesday, August 28th before rookie camp itself the following day. Main camp will begin on August 30th and will conclude with the annual Intrasquad game on the afternoon of Sunday, September 2nd. The club will then begin a four-game pre-season schedule at home on Friday, September 6th in the first opportunity to see the Winnipeg Ice play in Brandon.
Thursday also marked the introduction of new Head Coach Dave Lowry and the re-introduction so to speak of new General Manager Darren Ritchie. Ritchie used the opportunity this afternoon to announce the appointment of former Vancouver Canucks scout Doug Gasper as his Assistant General Manager.
Finally it was announced that Las Vegas Golden Knights' 5th round draft pick Marcus Kallionkieli is expected to play for the Wheat Kings after notching 83 points in 58 games for the USHL's Sioux City Muskateers last season.
The Wheat Kings open their regular season on September 20th at home against the soon-to-be-rival Winnipeg Ice.
More on the afternoon's announcements can be read at https://wheatkings.com