According to a tweet from Guy Flaming, Brandon Wheat Kings owner/GM/Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon is set to become the right hand man to new GM George McPhee in Las Vegas.
According to a source, Brandon Wheat Kings owner/GM Kelly McCrimmon is likely to be named Assistant GM for #VegasIsHockey#NHL@DuckMillard
— Guy Flaming (@TPS_Guy) July 27, 2016
The Wheat Kings are one of the most recognizable teams in the Western Hockey League, the highest level in Canadian junior hockey. McCrimmon currently serves as the owner, general manager, and head coach of the team that won the championship a year ago and are the current home to Nolan Patrick, the likely 1st overall pick in next year’s Entry Draft.
McCrimmon was offered a position in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office a year ago but turned it down to see out the season with the Wheat Kings. His teams have been wildly successful winning over 60% of their games in the WHL making the playoffs 11 of the 12 seasons he’s served as head coach.
The Wheat Kings are widely recognized for their ability to churn out NHL talent which McCrimmon has not only scouted but also coached during his time in Brandon. Some notable alumni are Jordin Tootoo, Brayden Schenn, Matt Calvert, Jason Chimera, Mark Stone, and Dustin Byfuglien.
Multiple sources with the Las Vegas organization were NOT able to confirm the hire.
Can’t confirm at this point. –The Creator
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