By Carter Brooks
Photo by Bruce Fedyck
Kelly McCrimmon - former Head Coach/General Manager, and current Owner of the Brandon Wheat Kings - has been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, alongside eight others.
The current Assistant General Manager of the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights, and soon to be General Manager has been a prominent figure in the Manitoba junior hockey scene for the better part of three decades.
Although born and raised in nearby Saskatchewan, McCrimmon spent the majority of his hockey years within Manitoba, most notably with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League as a player, before heading south to the NCAA for four years of college hockey with the University of Michigan.
The 58-year-old then moved on to serve in various roles as a coach and manager of the Wheat Kings from 1988 to late 2016, where he began his tenure in Nevada. During his time with the Wheaties, McCrimmon collected three WHL championships, while taking the team to five Memorial Cups.
Joining McCrimmon in the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is Trevor Kidd, Marty Murray, Terry Yake, Larry Bolonchuk, Bob Fitchner, Barry Shenkarow, Rob Haithwaite, Bob Holiday, Johnny Sheppard and Susana Yuen. The official recognition will occur at the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at Canad Inns Polo Park on Saturday, October 5th.