Brandon, MB – The Brandon Wheat Kings have named Don MacGillivray as the 24th head coach in the history of the Western Hockey League club.
MacGillivray, who has spent the past four seasons in Brandon, has a wealth of coaching experience having served behind the bench in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with the Portage Terriers, Neepawa Natives, St. James Canadiens and the Winnipeg Blues. MacGillivray has also spent two seasons as head coach with the Prince Albert Raiders as well as three seasons at the helm of the University of Manitoba Bisons, where he was named Canada West Coach of the Year in 2008.
Before joining the Wheat Kings in the fall of 2016, MacGillivray won championships with the Terriers in 2005 and again with the Blues in 2014 as head coach and general manager. During his time in the MJHL he was named Coach of the Year four times (1995, 2005, 2012 and 2013).
“I’m very excited about this opportunity and I’d like to thank the ownership and management of the Brandon Wheat Kings for entrusting me with this position,” said MacGillivray. “I’m honoured, and I’m also grateful for the opportunity that I had working with Dave Lowry last season and David Anning the seasons previous.”
MacGillivray has worked with Wheat Kings General Manager Darren Ritchie since he started with the team in 2016.
“This is a great opportunity for Don, he deserves it as he will do a great job leading our players,” said Ritchie. “He has a wealth of experience in junior hockey and I look forward to working with him and our coaching staff moving forward.”
The 2020-21 WHL regular season begins on January 8 with interdivisional play, as announced by WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in October. The Wheat Kings will compete in the East Division against the Winnipeg ICE, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Prince Albert Raiders and Swift Current Broncos.