It's how the coaching profession works. In the best of times, you are a hero. And when things go off track, sometimes even for a short period, you find yourself looking for work. That's the situation Don MacGillvray is in today after the Brandon Wheat Kings announced a coaching change.
Marty Murray will now assume the role after taking on the General Managers' job this past August. Murray, originally from Lyleton, Mb, becomes the 25th head coach in club history. He also played four seasons with the team in the 90s and then went on the play 261 games in the NHL. He held head coaching roles previously in both the NAHL and USHL.
MacGillivray served with Brandon for seven seasons and had been the Club’s head coach since the 2020-21 campaign. The team is currently 11th in the Eastern Division with an 8-15-2 record. As a head coach, his overall record was 61-57 and 9 and his best season was 2002-2021 when all teams were forced to play out of a "bubble" with the pandemic in full swing. That year MacGillvray went 18-4-2.
MacGillvray spent numerous years with the Terriers between 1998 and 2006 where he racked up 293 regular season wins, which is second on the All-Time list behind current head coach Blake Spiller. He was also behind the bench in 2005 when the team won the MJHL title for the first time since 1990 and the Anavet Cup for the first time since 1973. His 508 games coached is also second on the all-time list behind Spiller. He has 669 wins overall in the MJHL which puts him second on the list behind Doug Stokes who has 670.
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