As senior hockey leagues in the province get underway this weekend fans of the WHL, and more specifically the Brandon Wheat Kings, will recognize many of the names completing the rosters of teams in the THHL.
The Wawanesa Jets have three former Wheat Kings on their roster including Brett Kitt, Cale Jefferies, and Jordan Thompson. Brock Sutherland, who spent time with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans and Calgary Hitmen, is also skating wit the Jets this season.
The Boissevain Border Kings have at least 5 players with ties to the Wheat Kings listed on their roster. Kelly Glowa, Chris Low, Meyer Nell, Tyler Dittmer & Blake Jamieson should provide the Border Kings with enough experience and offence to make for a very interesting season in the THHL.
The Neepawa Farmers are lead by power forward, Matt Lowry. Lowry put up 6 points in his first game of the season for the Natives. Two-time defending league champions Killarney Shamrocks have former Wheat King Reid Gow and Moose Jaw Warrior alumni Brayden Cuthbert leading the charge.
Del Cowan played in 188 regular season games, with three different teams, and is now with the Hartney Blues. Nic Cowan, who spent 2 seasons with the QMJHL’s Lewiston MAINEiacs is also a member of the Hartney Blues.
Goalie, Kris Westbloom spent 4 seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and is now a member of the Souris Elks. He was drafted by the 3rd round, 65th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Jesse Paradis, joined the Gladstone Lakers for the 2017/18 season after spending 5-seasons in the WHL and 4 years with the Manitoba Bisons hockey program.