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Road to the 2024 TELUS Cup: Brandon Wheat Kings

The West champions have been all but unbeatable, scoring almost at will in a dominant run to Membertou

Jason La Rose
April 17, 2024

It’s not often an overtime loss in a mid-November game is notable.

But when that’s the only blemish on your record through the regular season and playoffs, it bears mentioning.

The Brandon Wheat Kings were simply dominant in the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League (MBU18AAAHL) this season, posting a record of 43 wins and an overtime loss while outscoring opponents by an otherworldly 270-82 (the next-best totals were 193 GF and 120 GA).

Their run to the TELUS Cup – their first appearance since winning it all in 2004 – included a streak of 42 consecutive victories after that Nov. 10 loss to the Southwest Cougars, before the Wheat Kings dropped a meaningless game to the Thunder Bay Kings to close out the preliminary round at the West Regional, their place in the regional final already secured.

They were challenged in that final by the defending champion Saskatoon Blazers, but an overtime goal from Brady Turko sent the Wheat Kings to Membertou with a 1-0 win.

Turko was the trigger man all season long for Brandon, scoring 41 goals in 41 games during the regular season before adding 13 in 13 playoff contests. He rode shotgun alongside Jaxon Jacobson, the No. 5 pick by Brandon in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft, who put up 106 points (37-69—106) in 35 games.

But let’s not forget the guys at the other end of the ice. Matthew Michta and Burke Hood have split the goaltending duties right down the middle, with both posting sub-2.00 goals-against averages in the regular season and a combined six shutouts.

Brandon will look to end a dry spell for its region. The most successful region in tournament history (with 17 national titles since 1984), West teams have only one gold medal (and one gold medal game appearance) in the last seven tournaments, by Notre Dame in 2018.


Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League
Quarterfinal: defeated Eastman Selects 3-0 (10-2, 7-0, 9-2)
Semifinal: defeated Pembina Valley Hawks 3-0 (6-1, 4-1, 4-2)
Final: defeated Winnipeg Wild 3-0 (5-2, 4-1, 4-3 OT)

West Regional
Preliminary round: 1st place – defeated Saskatoon Blazers 4-1, defeated Winnipeg Wild 3-1, lost to Thunder Bay Kings 5-3
Final: defeated Saskatoon Blazers 1-0 OT


Record (W-L-OTL): 43-0-1 (1st in MBU18AAAHL)
Goals for: 270 (1st in MBU18AAAHL)
Goals against: 82 (1st in MBU18AAAHL)
Longest winning streak: 31 (Nov. 11-Feb. 25)
Top 3 scorers:
- Jaxon Jacobson – 37G 69A 106P (1st in MBU18AAAHL)
- Brady Turko – 41G 49A 90P (2nd in MBU18AAAHL)
- Ethan Stewart – 29G 35A 64P (3rd in MBU18AAAHL)


Record: 12-1
Goals for: 64
Goals against: 21
Top 3 scorers:
- Jaxon Jacobson – 12G 16A 28P
- Brady Turko – 13G 13A 26P
- Colten Worthington – 9G 7A 16P


2004 – Brandon Wheat Kings | gold medal | 4-2-1 | 26GF 20GA
1994 – Brandon Wheat Kings | 6th place | 0-5-0 | 11GF 25GA
1980 – Brandon | 9th place | 1-4-0 | 13GF 23GA


Jaxon Jacobson – Brandon Wheat Kings 2023 (1st round, 5th overall)
Easton Odut – Brandon Wheat Kings 2022 (2nd round, 34th overall)
Nolan Saunderson – Spokane Chiefs 2023 (5th round, 90th overall)
Brady Turko – Brandon Wheat Kings 2022 (5th round, 97th overall)
Burke Hood – Vancouver Giants 2022 (6th round, 119th overall)
Kaeson Fisher – Everett Silvertips 2022 (6th round, 124th overall)
Owen Wallace – Prince Albert Raiders 2021 (7th round, 138th overall)
Jonah Lemoine – Prince Albert Raiders 2023 (9th round, 178th overall)
Colten Worthington – Saskatoon Blades 2022 (11th round, 233rd overall)
Grady Taylor – Lethbridge Hurricanes 2023 (13th round, 278th overall)

For more information:

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Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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