Hall of Famer Headlines Sportsman\’s Dinner Lineup February 4th

Brandon, Manitoba – A former Stanley Cup Champion with the Calgary Flames headlines the list of head table guests for the 2010 Brandon Wheat Kings’ CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, February 4th in the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavillion.

Drafted fourth overall in 1973, Lanny McDonald enjoyed an outstanding sixteen year hockey career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Flames and Colorado Rockies.

McDonald, who retired as a champion shortly after the Flames’ Stanley Cup victory in 1989, has been recognized as a leader throughout his career. The inaugural recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Award in 1988, McDonald was named winner of the NHL’s Man of the Year in 1989 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

McDonald’s number ‘9’ became the first number to be retired by the Flames’ organization, in recognition of his contribution and dedication to the game of hockey as well as commitment to his community. He remained with the Flames in a management capacity for several years and also became involved in Team Canada, where he was instrumental in the 2001 World Championship entry and the 2002 gold medal winning Olympic Team.

During his career, not to mention since his retirement, McDonald has been involved in a number of charities including Special Olympics.

Rounding out this year’s lineup is Winnipeg comedians Big Daddy Taz and Matt Falk, who will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

It was high school that Big Daddy Taz realized his natural ability to make people laugh. After falling on his face, his teacher asked what he was trying to prove, to which he quickly replied “Gravity”. Laughter erupted and the rest as they say is history.

Having performed a wide variety of shows stretching from a client’s 101st birthday to a biker initiation makes him one of the most sought after comedians working today. Tazz is able to do what he loves both on and off stage, which is to make people laugh. Whole heartedly believing that Kids Come First, Big Daddy dedicates his time to make fundraisers – such as the Sportsman’s Dinner – an event second to none.

Matt Falk is a young, up and coming star from Winnipeg that has risen faster than most comedians dream for. Falk has worked with Brent Butt, Ron James, Leland Klassen, Mike MacDonald and many more.

He is a favorite at Rumors Comedy Club in Winnipeg and in 2008, he became the youngest comic in history to headline the club. Over the past two years, he’s been extremely busy performing at various venues, ranging from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival to last year’s Canadian Hall of Fame Dinner. Recently, he placed third in the Canadian Comedy Tournament in Vancouver.

Tickets to the Sportsman’s Dinner, which is held annually to raise money for the hockey team’s Scholarship Foundation are on sale now at the Wheat Kings’ office by calling 726-3535. For more information be sure to check out the hockey club’s official website located at

This year’s event will mark the unofficial kick-off to the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, scheduled to invade Brandon’s Keystone Centre in May. This will mark the first time that the province of Manitoba has played host to the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament.

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