The Brandon Wheat Kings have made a bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2026.

The tournament was hosted in the Wheat City back in 2010, when the Kings made a run to the Final against the Windsor Spitfires, led by NHLers Brayden Schenn, Matt Calvert, Mark Stone and Micheal Ferland. They were defeated 9-1 in the final game by a Spitfires squad that was guided by Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, and boasted many other well-known NHL names.

With seating upgrades in progress at Westoba Place, the facility aims to host a major national tournament for the CHL again.

Dan Near, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, says, "There is no doubt the community of Brandon will embrace the opportunity to welcome the most prestigious and significant junior hockey tournament once again. The commitment from Jared Jacobson, Jason Roblin, and the Keystone Centre is to be commended, and we look forward to learning more about their bid plans."

Quote from Marty Murray, Head Coach and General Manager of the Wheat Kings, adds that he feels this time frame is ideal for them to be as competitive as possible.

"We are very excited with the cycle we are entering as an organization. The timing of the Memorial Cup bid makes sense for us with a strong group of core players that will be established WHL veterans, as well as a deep and talented prospect pool. We feel strongly that we will be WHL contenders and would represent the WHL very well hosting the 2026 Memorial Cup."

Perspectives of former Wheat Kings from the area will be heard soon.