Former Brandon Wheat King Captain Ryan Craig has been named an Assistant Coach of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Craig joins Gerard Gallant’s staff that also includes former Wheat King coach Mike Kelly.
The Abbottsford, BC native played five seasons in the Wheat City before most recently captaining the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL for the last two seasons.
He brings 914 games of professional hockey experience to the Knights including 198 games in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.
With the addition of Craig and Kelly, the Golden Knights organization has a distinct Brandon Wheat Kings flavor.
This includes former coaches Kelly McCrimmon and Bobby Lowes along with newly signed forward Reid Duke and development camp invitee Dmitry Osipov.
Another graduating Brandon Wheat King will get a chance to impress at the NHL level.
Defenseman Dmitry Osipov will attend the Vegas Golden Knights development camp later this month.
Golden Knights camp will run from June 27th to July 1st at the Las Vegas Ice Centre.
Graduating Wheat King forward Tyler Coulter is heading to Phoenix this month.
The Brandon, MB native has been invited to Arizona Coyotes development camp.
Coulter, who attended Vancouver Canucks camp following the Memorial Cup run last season is looking to solidify a contract heading into next season.
“I want to have an AHL contract going into next season,” said Coulter.
“The best scenario is I come out of there with a contract or an invitation to main camp.”
The soon to be 21-year-old appeared in over 260 games with his hometown team over parts of five seasons and finished with a career high 63 points last year.
Like most Canadian boys growing up, the ultimate goal is to make the NHL. For Coulter, that dream remains true.
“It’s not too often you get to put on an NHL jersey,” added Coulter.
“It’s a special experience for me and I’m going to just try and enjoy every second of it while I’m there.”
The camp will take place in Glendale, Arizona over the Canada Day long weekend.
The Brandon Wheat Kings made a minor trade Wednesday morning.
The hockey club sent 20-year-old goaltender Travis Child to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
In exchange, the Wheat Kings will get a 2018 fifth round draft pick.
The trade leaves the Wheaties with four over-age players on their roster, including Logan Thompson, Kade Jensen, James Shearer and Meyer Nell.