Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Head Coaching Stint Positive Experience for Anning

  David Anning's first venture as a Western Hockey League head coach was a fairly successful one.

  The Wheat Kings' assistant coach put up a 7-3-1 record in 11 games during GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon's absence for the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  "I thought both Darren (fellow assistant Ritchie) and I enjoyed the experience.  It will, obviously, help us both as coaches having that experience in working with the guys in a different capacity and learning along the way,": said Anning earlier this week, "Overall, I thought the guys responded well, they played hard for us and tried to do things the right way so a positive experience overall."

  Anning has previously head coaching experience in the Junior A ranks, having served as both GM and head coach of the MJHL's Winnipeg Saints for two seasons from 2010 to 2012.

  However, this was his first prolonged venture in a head coach role at the Western Hockey League level.

  "When you take on more responsibility and get put in that situation, you have to improve and work at it as a coach," added Anning, "There's lots of takeaways and, overall, it was a positive experience."

  Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon returned to work Wednesday and will be back behind the bench for Brandon's next game Friday night against Prince Albert (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon said Wednesday that he expects D Ivan Provorov to return in time to play in Friday's game...F Ty Lewis, who has missed the last four games with an lower body, practiced without restrictions on Wednesday...F Tyler Coulter was named the Wheat Kings' Player of the Month for December Wednesday after scoring six goals and 12 points and registering a +8 rating in 12 games last month...the rosters for the CHL Top Prospects Game will be announced Thursday, with Wheat Kings' defenceman Kale Clague fully expected to be named to play in the game on January 28th in Vancouver.

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