Brandon, MB. – With the club’s Training Camp set to begin next week the Brandon Wheat Kings have announced the appointment of Wade Klippenstein as the Western Hockey League team’s new director of scouting.
Klippenstein replaces Al Macpherson, who stepped down as the Wheat Kings’ director of player personnel earlier this summer.
A native of Coaldale, Alberta, who was born in Boissevain, Klippenstein has spent the past six seasons with the Prince George Cougars in both a coaching and management capacity. He spent the past four seasons as the Cougars’ assistant general manager and director of player personnel.
Prior to joining the Cougars, Wade served as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for three years. As well, he has worked in the WHL as both a Head Scout (Moose Jaw) and Assistant Coach (Prince Albert and Saskatoon).
“I’m very excited to join the Wheat Kings,” says Klippenstein, who was chosen by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1990 National Hockey League Entry Draft. “Looking forward to meeting the staff, the players…and after playing all of minor hockey in the province, it’s both an honour and a priviledge to become a member of Manitoba’s WHL team.”
The fifth all time leading scorer in U of Alaska history, Klippenstein will remain Head Scout for Team Pacific in preparation for this year’s World Under 17 Challenge Cup, in addition to his duties with the Wheat Kings.
“Wade has a real diverse background and brings a wealth of experience to our organization,” says Brandon General Manager and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon. “After a thorough process, I am confident he will do a great job working with our existing scouting staff leading our organization forward.”
A native of Lacadena, Saskatchewan, Macpherson joined the Wheat Kings in 1986 and twelve years later he became a full time employee of the WHL club when he was promoted to his current post.
Klippenstein won’t have long to wait to see his new team begin to take shape as Wheat Kings’ Training Camp is scheduled to get underway next week at Westman Communications Group Place.