Five Philadelphia Flyers named to Brandon Wheat Kings all-time team
The five Philadelphia Flyers that have been named to the Brandon Wheat Kings all-time team roster includes forwards Brian Propp and Brayden Schenn, defensemen Brad McCrimmon, Ivan Provorov and goaltender Ron Hextall.
Brian Propp is the all-time point leader in Wheat Kings history scoring 219 goals and 292 assists and collecting a total of 511 points in three seasons before being drafted 14th overall by the Flyers in 1979. Propp led Brandon to a WHL championship and a second place Memorial Cup finish.
Propp spent eleven seasons in Philadelphia, scoring 369 goals along with 480 assists in 790 games – good enough for third all-time.
Brayden Schenn collected major point totals in his time spent in Brandon scoring 95 goals, 167 assists for 262 points in 198 games. Schenn was selected ninth overall in the 2006 WHL Bantam draft winning WHL Rookie of the Year. Schenn captained the host Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2009-10 Memorial Cup.
Brad McCrimmon led Brandon to their first WHL Championship alongside Brian Propp. McCrimmon spent three seasons in Brandon, scoring 61 goals and 218 assists, collecting a total of 279 points with 480 penalty minutes in 203 games, making him Brandon’s all-time leading scorer on the back end.
The Philadelphia Flyers traded for McCrimmon in 1982, dealing goaltender Pete Peeters for his services.
In five seasons with the Flyers, McCimmon played 367 games, scoring 187 points along with 355 penalty minutes. Ivan Provorov and McCrimmon are the only Wheat Kings to win both the WHL and CHL Top Defenceman Award.
McCrimmon has since passed away during the horrific Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash on September,7th 2011.
Brad McCrimmon’s brother Kelly has owned the Wheat Kings since 1992.
Ivan Provorov made a major impact playing just 2 seasons in Brandon, winning a WHL championship and scoring 36 goals, 98 assists, and 134 points in 122 games.
‘’Provy’’ has looked nothing less than advertised since arriving in Philly, already the best defenseman on the roster at just 20 years of age. Looks like the Flyers finally have found their franchise defenceman.
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Last but certainly not least, Ron Hextall is a Brandon native. Hextall has a Conn Smythe trophy and Vezina awards in Philadelphia while posting 2.98 goals against average over his 608 NHL Games. Since retiring Hextall has spent time in the front office, eventually becoming the Flyers’ General Manager in 2014.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to have been included amongst the many great players, who have played for the Wheat Kings over their 50-year existence. Thank you to my teammates, the Wheat King organization and the wonderful people of Brandon for this tremendous honour. This honour has special meaning to me having grown up in Brandon and it was a lifelong dream to play for the Wheat Kings.” – Brandon Wheat Kings.Com
Philadelphia and Brandon have a rich history; it is not surprising that their stories have intertwined.