News broke on Thursday afternoon that Brandon and Patera had come to terms on a Western Hockey League contract. The 19-year-old product of the Czech Republic was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Patera played the 2017-18 season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League. The monstrous 6-foot-2, 215-pound netminder put up a 13-13-0 record with one shutout, a .901 save percentage and a 3.24 goals against average last season. He will look to do battle with Dylan Myskiw in the Wheaties’ cage next season.
The Kelly McCrimmon connection remains alive and well within the Knights and Wheat Kings organizations. Beginning his third season as the Assistant General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, McCrimmon still remains the owner of the Wheat Kings. Although giving up his Head Coach and General Manager roles, he did not relinquish the team to a new owner.
The Wheat Kings were only able to select two players in the CHL Import Draft (Patera and Vegas’ Erik Brannstrom) due to parting ways with Czech import defenceman Daniel Bukac last Wednesday, and the lack of commitment from 2017 first round selection in the CHL Import Draft Martin Kaut – who so far has elected to remain in Czech Republic.
Brandon will open their 2018-19 regular season on Friday, September 21st against Jett Woo and the Moose Jaw Warriors at home at Westoba Place.