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PLANTE ENJOYING LIFE AS A COACH

(Photo and Story courtesy of Chris Jaster, The Brandon Sun) — Tyler Plante didn’t get a lot of rest Tuesday night and he isn’t expecting to get much for the forseeable future.

One day after the Brandon Wheat Kings goalie coach’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, he was right back on the Westman Place ice last week with the team as it prepared for its pre-season opener against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday.

“This is our second one so we know the process a little bit better and it will get a little more hectic when we get home. We’re trying to figure out routines and stuff, but the show must go on,” Plante said.

“I’ve been lucky enough that I get to spend a lot of time with family, but break away to the rink for a couple hours. This is an important time of year and I want to be involved in help getting the goalies rolling.”

Lucca was born on Tuesday around 11 a.m. Plante spent the day with his wife, Jordana, and his new daughter. The couple’s 20-month-old son, Jagger, was with his grandparents. Plante expects his wife to return home today.

Although he knows how tiring his life may become, he’s excited for the future. He said children make things harder, but a lot better at the same time.

Life has been full of change for Plante recently. The former Wheat Kings netminder retired as a player after spending nine seasons in the minor leagues and Europe. He spent time in England and Germany this past season.

He joined the Wheat Kings’ staff as the new goaltending coach last month and went through his first training camp not as a player last week, working with Jordan Papirny, Logan Thompson and Hunter Arps, the three goalies currently on the team’s roster.

Despite all the changes, Plante is loving life right now.

“We’re over the moon and we’re so happy,” he said. “I can’t begin to express how happy I am that I get to stay involved with this organization. It’s always been like family to me. So I get to have my family in Brandon and get to be with my hockey family. It’s all just lined up for me.”

The Wheat Kings wound up dropping both ends of a weekend pre-season home and home series with the Warriors, losing 4-1 Saturday night in Moose Jaw.

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