PLETHORA OF WHEAT KINGS NEWS THIS WEEK

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HOCKEY CANADA CALLS ON SCHNEIDER

Forty-four of the top U18 players in Canada have been invited to Calgary to earn a chance to play for their country at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer and Edmonton this August.

Making the list was Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Braden Schneider. Schneider will join 14 other defensemen from the CHL and CJHL at the camp. The Prince Albert native had 22 points in 66 games in his rookie season with the Wheat Kings.

“Unlike our other summer camps, these players are part of a selection process from the moment they arrive, and the opportunity is to represent Canada on the world’s stage,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams for Hockey Canada. “We have a very talented group of players coming to Calgary in late July, and we will no doubt have some very difficult decisions to make when it’s time to select this year’s Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. The players are excited to arrive and get started, and they are all coming in with the goal of making our decision a difficult one.”

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BUKAC RELEASED, WHEAT KINGS TO SELECT TWO IMPORTS

The Brandon Wheat Kings will make a pair of selections at the annual CHL Import Draft that begins Thursday morning.

The Wheat Kings hold the 37th overall pick in the draft and due to prospect Martin Kaut being drafted by the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, Brandon will be allowed an additional pick in 2nd round.

Kaut was Brandon’s first round selection last year but spent the season in his home country of Czech Republic.

The Wheat Kings have also released Daniel Bukac. The Boston Bruins draft pick played two seasons in Brandon and will be eligible to any other team in tomorrow’s draft.

The Saint John Sea Dogs have the 1st overall pick.

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WHL, WHEAT KINGS ANNOUNCE 2017/18 SCHEDULE

The WHL’s new 68-game schedule has been released and the Brandon Wheat Kings will open the season at home on September 21st vs the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Of Brandon’s thirty-four (34) regular season home games, twenty-six (26) will be played on weekends and holidays.

The Wheat Kings will play thirteen Friday night home games, nine on Saturdays, two more on Sundays, one on Monday, February 18th Louis Riel Family Day and another on Thursday, December 27th as Brandon kicks off its post Christmas schedule against the visiting Regina Pats

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OTHER HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS

-Wheat Kings graduating defenseman James Shearer has committed to the University of Calgary Dinos. There he will join fellow alumni members Jordan Papirny and Tyler Coulter.

Wheat Kings / Alumni at NHL Development Camps

-Logan Thompson (97), Washington Capitals
-Ty Lewis (98), Colorado Avalanche
-Stelio Mattheos (99), Carolina Hurricanes
-Tanner Kaspick (97), St. Louis Blues
-Reid Duke (96), Vegas Golden Knights
-Luka Burzan (00), Ottawa Senators
-Martin Kaut (99), Colorado Avalanche
-Kale Clague (98), Los Angeles Kings
-Daniel Bukac (99), Boston Bruins

-Cole Reinhardt (00), Colorado Avalanche

-Evan Weinger (97), San Jose Sharks

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