Brandon, MB. – When the Brandon Wheat Kings bring the curtain up on the second half of their 2011-12 Western Hockey League regular season next week, they will have a new face in the lineup.
The Wheat Kings have announced that 17-year old Edmonton goaltender Curtis Honey has agreed to join the team for the balance of the season. A former member of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonneyville Pontiacs, the 5’11” 170 lb Honey will serve as back-up to veteran Brandon Anderson, who became the club’s number one goalkeeper earlier this month when 18-year old Corbin Boes suffered a broken hand during a game against the Oil Kings in Edmonton.
Honey was added to the Wheat Kings’ protected list last season after he led the SSAC Atletics to the Championship of the prestigious Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament with a 39-save performance in a 3-2 victory over the Saskatoon Contacts. In nineteen games with the Alberta AAA Midget League club last season, he compiled a stellar 15-3-1 record, a 2.64 goals against average and a .921 save percentage for his hometown Athletics, who featured current Wheat King Dakota Conroy in their lineup.
In seventeen games with the AJHL's Pontiacs this season, Honey had posted a 2.41 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and an impressive 12-4-1 record. In fact, at the time of his promotion he had lost just one of his last eight decisions.
Honey is expected to join the team on Boxing Day and will be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Wheat Kings kick off the second half of the regular season against the visiting Regina Pats.
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