Wheat Kings fire coach Clouston

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Brandon Wheat Kings have fired head coach Cory Clouston with a year remaining on his contract with the Western Hockey League team.

The former bench boss with the NHL's Ottawa Senators, Clouston signed a two-year deal with the Wheaties last August.

“I do not want uncertainty with this important position and as a result have decided we will not have Cory return next season,” Wheat Kings GM Kelly McCrimmon said in a statement, Tuesday. “He will perhaps have opportunities to coach professionally, failing that, we will honour the second year of his contract.”

Under Clouston, Brandon finished sixth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference last season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs before losing in four straight games to the eventual WHL-champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

A product of Viking, Alta., Clouston recorded a 95-83-20 record in two-plus seasons in Ottawa.

McCrimmon says he hasn’t made a decision on his replacement.


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