Brandon's fam-iliar territory

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Mark Schneider has joined the family business -- which is playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The defenceman, who turns 18 Nov. 10, was traded from the Kamloops Blazers to the Brandon Wheat Kings Tuesday for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 or 2010 bantam draft.

Mark's father, Ken Schneider, played three seasons with the Wheaties (1979-82).

Ken's brother, Mark (1981-82), and another uncle, Kelly Glowa (1980-84), also played for the Wheat Kings.

"Growing up, hockey was a big part of my family -- this is going to be great," Schneider told the Kamloops Daily News.

COUGARS CLEAN UP CREASE

The Prince George Cougars moved out backup goaltender Ian Curtis after acquiring Joe Caligiuri, 19, from the Brandon Wheat Kings for a seventh-round 2009 bantam draft choice.

Curtis was reassigned to Tier II BCHL, where his rights belong to the Powell River Kings.

Curtis, 18, was acquired from Swift Current in January for defenceman Jesse Dudas.

He played in four games this season for the Cougars, but never seemed to get comfortable.

He posted a 5.38 goals-against average and .854 save percentage in 23 major junior appearances.


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