As the team gears up to battle for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, a pair of Wheat Kings were honoured at the WHL Awards banquet.
Ivan Provorov has been named the league’s top defenceman while Tanner Kaspick was chosen as the Scholastic Player of the Year.
Provorov, already named Brandon’s team MVP, becomes the second Wheat Kings to take home the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy with the other being the late Brad McCrimmon in 1978.
Provorov scored 21 goals and added 52 assists this season, leading all defencemen with 73 points and a +64 rating. He was a first-round pick of the Flyers in last year’s NHL draft.
Kaspick is the sixth Wheatie to win the Daryl K. Seaman Trophy, the first since 2007. He completed his first semester of Grade 12 this year at Vincent Massey in Brandon with a 96% average, which he upped to 98% in the second semester.
Brandon opens the WHL Championship Series at home Friday night against Seattle. Puck drop is 8 p.m.
The Wheat Kings were swept out of the finals last year by Kelowna, the team that Seattle knocked out in the last round this year.
The Thunderbirds and Wheat Kings only played once this year, with Seattle winning a 7-2 decision at home all the way back in October.