Monday, November 14, 2011


Press Release

Brandon, MB. -- The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings are mourning the loss of former owner and general manager Jack Brockest.

Brockest passed away on Thursday, November 10th at the age of 84.

A native of Onanole, Brockest was involved with the franchise during the seventies before purchasing the team in 1980.Three years later, he sold the club to a community based group.

As a GM, he helped coach Dunc McCallum build one of the most successful teams in league history.

The 1978-79 Wheat Kings, who lost out to the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes in the Memorial Cup Championship Final in Montreal, finished the season with a record of 58-5-9 - good for 125 points - a record that still stands.

Jack, beloved husband of the late Shirley Brockest, is survived by Cathie (Nelson "Roger") Strong and Bob (Doris).

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at Central United Church, 327 8th street in Brandon, on Tuesday, November 15th at 2 p.m., with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.

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