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Wheat Kings Reload

posted Aug 29, 2016, 10:21 AM by Kathy Carr
With Kelly McCrimmon retaining ownership of the Brandon Wheat Kings 2016 Western Hockey League champions, but moving to join the N.H.L.'s expansion franchise in Las Vegas, there were many changes made to the staff.
Assistant coach David Anning, who joined the Wheaties in 2012, was promoted to head coach.
Don MacGillivray (51) four time MJHL coach of the year, was named as one assistant coach. Aaron Rome (32) of Nesbitt, who won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim Ducks in 2007 will also join the staff as an assistant coach.
Tyler Plante (29), former Wheat Kings goalie who just completed eight years professionally in Europe and North America, will return as the goaltending coach for overage starter, Jordan Papirny and 19-year-old back-up Logan Thompson.
After nine years behind the bench as an assistant coach Darren Ritchie (42) is pleased to move to the new role as director of scouting for the Wheat Kings who celebrate their 2016-17 league home opener, Saturday, Sept. 24.
New play-by-play announcer will be Brandon Crowe (24) formerly of Boissevain via Melfort Mustangs, Humbolt Broncos and Nipawin Hawks. He takes over from Bruce Luebke who has held the position since 1993.
Last year Crowe was an announcer for the MJHL Oil Capitals  and played baseball for the Virden Oilers, 2016 South West League champions.
Hired as the new general manager is Grant Armstrong (54) who has served the last four years as assistant general manager and director of player personnel with the Victoria Royals. Previously he spent four years as head scout for Portland Winterhawks.
Nick McCrimmon, whose father Kelly owns the Wheat Kings, was appointed assistant GM.
by Gladwyn Scott