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).