The Brandon Wheat Kings have sold about 1,900 season tickets heading into today’s pickup day at the Keystone Centre parking lot.
A year ago, the Wheat Kings were at 2,100 by pickup day, although that wasn’t until after the club’s first two Western Hockey League pre-season games.
The club eventually ended up with a little more than 2,600 season tickets sold.
The Wheat Kings open this year’s pre-season schedule on Friday (7:30 p.m., Westman Place) when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Warriors will host the rematch on Sunday.
BLADES SOLD: The WHL board of governors has cleared the way for the Brodsky family to sell the Saskatoon Blades to Edmonton auto dealer Mike Priestner.
The board unanimously approved the sale, which is reported by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix to be worth $9 million, and is expected to close later this week.
Priestner is a former WHL netminder with the Kamloops Chiefs, and his son James played goal for the Wheat Kings in 2008-09.
The StarPhoenix reports that an older son, Colin, will move to Saskatoon and become the Blades’ managing partner. The Brodskys have owned the Blades since 1976.
TOEWS SIGNS: The Reading Royals of the ECHL have signed former Wheat King David Toews.
Toews played for the Utah Grizzlies, Idaho Steelheads and Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL last season, scoring 11 goals and adding 19 assists in 59 games.
He had 20 goals and 48 points in 60 games in his only season as a Wheat King, in 2010-11.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 5, 2013