Thursday, January 24, 2013


Press Release

Brandon, Manitoba -- Shoppers Drug Mart is pleased to announce plans to give western Manitoba hockey fans the opportunity to choose the Brandon Wheat Kings' Fans Choice Award for the 2012-13 Western Hockey League season.

Beginning this weekend, fan balloting will be available at both Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Brandon as well as online at Wheat Kings' fans can also cast a vote by visiting BDO Fan Services during all Wheat Kings' home games at Westman Place, beginning Wednesday, January 30th when the Saskatoon Blades pay another visit to Brandon.

The Deadline to enter is Wednesday, March 13th at midnight, with the winner to be unveiled during Fan Appreciation and Awards Night on Saturday, March 16th when the Wheat Kings close out the regular season against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.

Recent winners of the hockey club's Fans Choice Award have included the likes of Michael Ferland (2012), Scott Glennie (2011), Matt Calvert (2010) and Keith Aulie (2009). While Ferland is currently skating with the Memorial Cup Host Saskatoon Blades and Glennie is with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, Calvert and Aulie are playing with the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively.

This marks the seventh season that Shoppers Drug Mart has served as the Title Sponsor of the Wheat Kings' Fans Choice Award.

On the ice, the Wheat Kings kick off a busy three game in three night weekend this Friday night in Red Deer against the Rebels. Winners of three of their last five games, the Wheat Kings are currently eleven points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the WHL's Eastern Conference.

Tickets to all of Brandon's remaining home games are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart® Founded in 1962 by Toronto pharmacist Murray Koffler, the Company has grown to a network of more than 1,200 Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores across Canada. These conveniently located stores are owned and operated by the Company’s licensed Associate-owners who have helped build a brand that is synonymous with exceptional service, value and trust. The Company is the leader in Canada's retail drug store marketplace and is the number one provider of pharmacy products and services. Shoppers Drug Mart has successfully leveraged its leadership position in pharmacy and its convenient store locations to capture a significant share of the market in front store merchandise, including over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, cosmetics and fragrances, seasonal products and everyday household essentials.

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