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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Matt Calvert has never forgotten where he came from.

That statement rang especially true on Tuesday morning when the Columbus Blue Jacket forward and Brandon native donated a cheque for $50,216 to the Brandon Regional Health Centre’s Palliative Care Unit.

The funds were raised through the first Annual “Matt Calvert Charity Shootout” Golf Tournament.

“I’m shocked,” said Calvert when asked about the amount. “I think $30,000 was where we were looking at, but this was a representation of this community and it showed what they can do when you want to raise money for a good cause.”

The tournament quickly sold-out all 144 spots and a number of sponsors came on board to help make it a success.

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When it came to finding a suitable charity to give the money to, it was an easy decision.

“My grandpa passed away and one of my best buddies (Kyle Hamm), his mom passed away and they had both spent a lot of time in the palliative care unit,” said Calvert. “We always talked about doing a charity dinner or something but I always wanted to do a golf tournament. We started planning and it took off!”

Board members with the Palliative Care Unit say the funds will primarily be used to furnish the patient rooms with new couches and cots, to make it more accommodating and comfortable for families during their time in the hospital.

The event is expected to carry on as an annual tradition with different charities receiving funds each year.

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#2 overall pick Nolan Patrick pulls on his Flyers jersey for the first time at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

The long road to recovery continues for Brandon Wheat Kings Captain, Nolan Patrick.

The #2 overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft will not take part in the on-ice portion of Philadelphia Flyers development camp this weekend.

Patrick had surgery on June 13th to try and fix the injury that has nagged him since the team’s championship run, one year ago.

“Once we found out what the issue was and what had been bothering him all year…for me it provided us with clarity,” said Flyers GM Ron Hextall.

The surgery done by Dr. William Meyers; who is the founder of the Vincera Institute, a medical center in Philadelphia that specializes in the treatment of core muscle injuries.

Most recently, Meyers treated Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.  He’s also taken care of Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster to Justin Verlander and Robinson Cano.

“We’re excited that he had it done and got it fixed by Dr. Meyers,” added Hextall. “I talked to Nolan yesterday and he said he feels terrific.”

The Flyers expect their top prospect to resume off-season training in 2-4 weeks time. Patrick has committed to moving to Philadelphia for the summer and continue his rehab and training with the Flyers medical staff.

“He’s going to be here for the biggest part of the summer, which I think is terrific on his part,” added Hextall. “When he saw Dr. [Meyers] and knew this needed to happen he was proactive. His agent reached out to us and said Nolan wants to do this on his own. I think that certainly shows the character of this young man.”

The Flyers will open up development camp on Friday at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone.

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The Brandon Wheat Kings dipped back into the Czech Republic on Wednesday morning, using the 24th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft to select 18-year-old forward Martin Kaut.

Kaut hails from Pardubice, which is just over 200 KM from the hometown of current Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac.

Kaut played for Pardubice in the U-20 Czech Jr. league last season recording 4 goals and 12 assists in 22 games played to go along with 24 penalty minutes.  He also played 26 game for HC Dynamo Pardubice in the Czech Elite League.

On the international stage, Kaut was a member of the 2016 Czech Rebuplic team that played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, registering 4 points in 5 games.

The Wheat Kings had an open import spot after the graduation of Russian defenseman Dmitry Osipov.

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With the Entry Draft behind them, members of the Brandon Wheat Kings both drafted and un-drafted are looking to impress at the NHL level this week.

Many NHL teams opened up their annual development camps on Monday and there is a strong Wheat City Connection.

Drafted Wheat Kings at Camps

Nolan Patrick (Philadelphia) – TBD
Daniel Bukac (Boston) – July 6th to 9th
Tanner Kaspick (St Louis) – June 28th – July 1st
Stelio Mattheos (Carolina) – June 28th – July 1st
Kale Clague (Los Angeles) – June 27th – June 30th

Free Agent Wheat Kings at Camps

Dmitry Osipov (Las Vegas) – June 27th to July 1st
Logan Thompson (Las Vegas) – June 27th to July 1st
**Reid Duke (Las Vegas)  – June 27th to July 1st
Tyler Coulter (Arizona) – June 26th – 29th
Ty Lewis (Colorado) – June 26th – 29th

** Indicates signed

Westman Connections at Camps

Zach Whitecloud (Virden Oil Capitals) – Los Angeles Kings
Wyatt Kalynuk (Virden Oil Capitals) – Philadelphia Flyers
Brady Keeper (OCN Blizzard) – Los Angeles Kings
Dean Stewart (Portage Terriers) – Arizona Coyotes

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The Brandon Wheat Kings, in association with the Western Hockey League have unveiled their 2017-18 regular season schedule.

The schedule will begin with a home and home series with the Regina Pats, beginning with the hockey club’s Home Opener on Friday, September 22nd.


–  Brandon plays three home games in September, five in October, five more in November, 7 in December, five in January, six in February and five in March to close out the regular season

–  Brandon’s annual west coast tour features stops in all U.S. Division teams, beginning Wednesday, January 17th in Spokane against the Chiefs

–  The west coast road trip also includes stops in Tri-Cities, Everett, Portland and Seattle as part of a season high 7-game road trip in January, that concludes with a 2-game series against the Ice in Kootenay.

–  Wheat Kings will close out their pre-Christmas schedule by playing the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Saturday, December 16th

–  The Wheat Kings’ 880 CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 8th. The annual Scholarship Foundation event will be followed by games on Friday, February 9th against the visiting Saskatoon Blades

–  Brandon will host two games over the Christmas break – Wednesday, Dec. 27th vs Regina and Saturday, Dec. 30th against Moose Jaw

–  The Wheat Kings will feature two 5-game home stands – from Dec. 6th – 15th and from Jan. 5thto 13th.

–  The club’s Annual Remembrance Day game will be played at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 11th against visiting Saskatoon Blades

Click here for a full schedule

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IMG_1606After a flurry of Wheat King related news on day one of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a handful of current players were hoping that trend would continue into day two in downtown Chicago.

Winnipeg native, Stelio Mattheos was selected in the 3rd round (73rd Overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Mattheos, who put up a career-high 61 points last year was taken moments after the Hurricanes took Strathclair, MB native Morgan Geekie at #67.

“This is a big day for my family and myself,” said Mattheos.

“I’m so happy to be drafted by a great organization like Carolina and I’m real excited to get started.”

Mattheos was the 2nd highest ranked Wheat Kings skater heading into this year’s entry draft. Nolan Patrick was ranked #1, while the former #1 overall WHL Bantam Pick finished in the #38 spot by NHL Central Scouting.

“Hearing my name called is really special…. my family has been huge in all of this and it’s not just a day for me, it’s a day for all of us,” Mattheos added.

Many in the building wondered if Mattheos’ hometown Winnipeg Jets would use their selection at #74 to take a local player, but instead he heads to the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions.

“They have a bright future ahead and I want to be a big part of that” Mattheos said about the Canes.

For the record, Mattheos was just seven years old when the Hurricanes won their only League Title.

Although dates for Hurricanes development camp haven’t been confirmed, Mattheos is expected to be in Raleigh, NC as early as next week.

Mattheos, who was all smiles in the media room is excited for the year ahead.

“I want to have a breakout season this year and I want to become a great player in the NHL one day. This season is going to be huge for me and I want to prove everyone wrong who didn’t select me today.”

Midway thru the 7th round, a third Brandon Wheat King heard his name called as the Boston Bruins used their 1st pick in the 7th round to select the Czech import.

Bukac had a solid rookie season, playing in all 72 regular season games while registering 17 points.

Day #2 Timeline

9:34am – Brandon born Keegan Kolesar is traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Vegas Golden Knights.

9:48 am – Roblin, MB native Josh Brook has been selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 56th overall pick.

9:50am  – Wheat Kings prospect Ian Mitchell is selected by the Chicago Blackhawks. Mitchell spent last season with the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints.

10:01am – Straithclair, MB native Morgan Geekie is selected #67 overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.

10:07am – Wheat Kings forward Stelio Mattheos is selected #73 overall by the Carolina Hurricanes

10:36am – Portage, MB native Nick Henry is selected #94 overall by the Colorado Avalanche.

10:50am – Former Wheat King defenseman Travis Hamonic is traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a handful of draft picks.

12:25pm – Virden, MB native Wyatt Kalynuk is selected #196 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

12:34pm – Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac is selected #204 by the Boston Bruins.

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Chicago, IL (CKLQ) – The year long debate is over.

The New Jersey Devils used the first overall selection in Friday nights Entry Draft to choose Nico Hischer of the Halifax Mooseheads.

Moments later, former Wheat King goaltender Ron Hextall walked to the stage and proudly selected Nolan Patrick with the #2 pick.

With that, Nolan becomes the third member of the Patrick family to hear his name called in the first round.

Steve Patrick (Nolan’s dad) was chosen with the 20th overall selection in 1980 while his uncle James was a 9th round pick of the New York Rangers in 1981.

“I didn’t really know where I was going to go,” said Patrick.

“I had a feeling I might end up in Philly and i’m really excited about it.”

Patrick now joins a Flyers team rich with ties to the Wheat Kings.

As mentioned earlier, Ron Hextall is the General Manager and a long list of alumni have donned the orange and black, including Brian Propp, Brad McCrimmon and Ray Allison.

The club also boasts Brayden Schenn and Ivan Provorov on a roster that finished 5th in the Metropolitan Division last season.

“When you’re going somewhere new and you don’t know anyone it’s much tougher to step in and do well,” Patrick told a throng of media following the selection.

“Knowing those guys is going to make the transition if I make it this year, easier for me.”

Patrick who battled injuries all year was highly touted from the time he entered the WHL at 16-years-old.

In 163 regular season WHL games, the Winnipeg native has 92 goals, 113 assists and 205 points.

His list of accolades is a lengthy one, including WHL Champion, WHL Playoff MVP, WHL Rookie of the Year, and a Gold Medal at the 15/16 Ivan Hlinka tournament.

He was also recently named to the Hockey Canada World Junior development camp roster.

Its been a long journey to this point, but he say’s he’s ready to take the next step.

“It’s tough for me to put into words right now,” added Patrick.

“This is a very special day for me and my family.”




St. Louis Blues acquire forward Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Jori Lehtera, a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 first-round pick


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(Top NHL Prospects: Nolan Patrick, Casey Mittelstadt and Gabriel Valardi)

It was a day Brandon Wheat King Captain Nolan Patrick will never forget.

Not only was he in the Windy City for the first time, but he was tasked with throwing the first pitch from the mound at Wrigley Field in front of 41,000+ fans.

“I’m more nervous about this pitch, than the draft,” Patrick joked following a pre-game media scrum behind home plate.

For the record, he tossed a strike and was greeted with a roar from the crowd and a handful of “Go Blackhawks Go” chants.

Video evidence can be found here


The top three NHL prospects were on hand on Wednesday morning to greet the media as an “unofficial kickoff” to the NHL Draft week here in Chicago.

It’s a busy week for these young men with a number of public appearances, media stops and of course, the first round on Friday night.

“Im just trying to enjoy it all,” said Patrick.

“I’ve got some family and friends down here and they are taking it all in, so it should be a fun couple of days.”

It’s his family that many in the media are comparing him too. His father Steve was chosen in the first round by Buffalo, while his uncle James went 9th overall to the New York Rangers in 1981.

That could make three Patrick’s chosen in the first round.

Nolan is also looking to make history as the first ever Wheat King to go #1, as well as the first Winnipeg born player to go #1 overall.

Despite all the discussions and buzz around where he will go, the recent World Junior Camp invite says he’s just trying to enjoy this week.

“You only get to go thru this process once and I don’t want to rush it.”

Patrick and his fellow prospects will be busy on Thursday again. They will host a special ball hockey clinic at the United Centre before touring the city on a Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tour.

The first round of the NHL Draft goes Friday night at 6:00.

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Chicago, IL (CKLQ) – It was a busy day on the Wheat Kings hockey front, as well as a big day for Kelly McCrimmon and the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

The Brandon Wheat Kings have four prospects donning the Maple Leaf at the U17 Camp later this summer. They include former first round bantam draft choice Braden Schneider, as well as forwards Ben McCartney, Johnny Hooker and Kyle Bettens

Meanwhile, 42 prospects looking to earn an invitation to December’s National Junior Team selection camp will make their way to Plymouth, MI, for the Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp.

Among the invitees are Brandon captain’s Nolan Patrick and Tanner Kaspick as well as all-star defenceman Kale Clague.

Read the full story here

As well, the Wheat Kings announced the winner of their Early Bird Season Ticket giveaway.

Dave MaGuire of Brandon won a trip for two to Las Vegas to watch the Golden Knights play the Winnipeg Jets.

Tuesday’s draw came after last week’s deadline that saw 1,625 tickets purchased for the 2016-17 Western Hockey League season.

Speaking of the Knights, they unveiled their new jerseys on Tuesday night.

You can see pictures and read that story here. 

Meanwhile, my mid-western USA road trip continued this morning. After a quick breakfast in Bloomington, MN, we continued our journey to Chicago.

662 KM’s later (And a few wrong turns in downtown Chicago) we made it to our hotel.

Our home for the week is the absolutely beautiful Cambria Hotel & Suites on the Magnificent Mile. 

Our first order of business once checked in, was to take the subway to historic Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs pick up a 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

The game was sold out and was arguably one of the most unique and fascinating sporting events i’ve ever attended.

If you are a baseball fan, I would highly recommend adding Wrigley to your bucket list.


Speaking of the Cubs, Wheat Kings Captain Nolan Patrick will be on hand at Wednesday afternoon’s game vs the Padres as he is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

If all goes according to plan, I will have photos and reaction from field level on what is likely to go down as one of the coolest moments of this young mans life.

Q-Country is proud to bring you exclusive coverage of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft all week during each and every sports cast on 91.5 and 880 AM.

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