WHEAT KINGS SETTLE ON COACHING STAFF

Tue Aug 5
Brandon, Manitoba – With the start of training camp less than a month away, the Wheat Kings did not have far to look in order to complete out their 2003-2004 coaching staff.
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rBrandon general manager Kelly McCrimmon is pleased to announce that Dwayne Gylywoychuk has been named the club's new full-time assistant coach, replacing Mark Howell who was recently named head coach and general manager of the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Drayton Valley Thunder.
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rA 30-year old native of Winnipeg, Gylywoychuk has spent the past two seasons with the Wheat Kings. In addition to serving as the club's director of community relations, he was very active in both the club's marketing and sales department as well as having involvement in different areas of hockey operations, from training camp and scouting to coordinating the Wheat Kings' Summer Hockey School.
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rI'm extremely excited about having the opportunity to become an assistant coach in the Western Hockey League especially with the Wheat Kings,” says Gylywoychuk, who played a club record 323 games for Brandon between 1989 and 1994. I have learned a great deal the last two years with the organization and am looking forward to working with Mike Kelly and this year's team.”
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rBefore returning to Brandon in 2001, Gylywoychuk played seven seasons of professional hockey, beginning with the East Coast Hockey League's Greensboro Monarchs in 1994-95 and finishing with England's Romford Raiders in 2000-01. During the five years in between, the former Frank King Memorial Trophy winner as Most Community Minded Wheat King played with the Dayton Bombers (ECHL), Central Texas Stampede (WPHL), Shreveport Mudbugs (WPHL), Waco Wizards (WPHL) and the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League.
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rAs a player, Gylywoychuk scored 49 points including nine goals and accumulated 584 minutes in penalties during his five year career in Brandon.
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rDwayne has a great deal to offer our team,” says McCrimmon. He is very good with young players and will be a great asset to their development. The assistant coach position is very important and he will complement Mike very well.”
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rJoining him on Mike Kelly's coaching staff will be another former Wheat King, Brad Wells, who returns for his fourth full season with the organization.
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rA former bench boss with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Neepawa Natives and Brandon University Bobcats, Wells spent parts of three seasons as a player in Brandon during the mid eighties. He also played with the Pats in Regina as well as the Lethbridge Broncos. Wellsy's contributions to our team have been tremendous in his three years with our club,” adds McCrimmon. He is very knowledgeable, respected person by our players and as well is a good sounding board for our coaches.” In 261 WHL games, the Fleming, Saskatchewan native scored 65 goals and 145 points while amassing 821 penalty minutes.
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rMcCrimmon is pleased with this year's staff. We are real excited with this year's coaching staff. Dwayne and Brad provide continuity to our program and Mike will bring his own approach to our team which is healthy. We are excited for training camp.” Preparations are well underway for this year's camp, scheduled to begin on August 28th at the Keystone Centre.