Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Dean Clark named Brandon Wheat Kings' new head coach

 Brandon, Manitoba - The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings are pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Clark as their new head coach.

 The winningest coach in the WHL over the past five years, Clark comes to Brandon after five successful seasons at the helm of the Calgary Hitmen.

 A former member of both the Kamloops Junior Oilers and Blazers, the Kelowna native joined the Hitmen in October, 1996 and went on to post an impressive 192-118-23 record. As well, he led Calgary to three straight Central Division pennants, back-to-back regular season titles, the 1999 WHL championship and an overtime loss to the Ottawa 67's in the Memorial Cup final.

 Clark's winning percentage of .620 is fourteenth best in league history. As well, his playoff record of 40-24 ranks him tenth all time for victories.

 During the 2000-01 campaign, Clark's Hitmen posted a 37-27-5-3 record and a third place finish in the central division, behind the league leading Red Deer Rebels and the defending champion Kootenay Ice. Calgary wound up losing to Red Deer in six games during the best of seven conference semi-finals.

 The 37-year old Clark replaces Bob Lowes, who left the club in May after nine successful seasons behind the Brandon bench.

 In addition to his success in Calgary, Clark served as an assistant coach for the bronze medal winning Canadian team at the 2000 World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden. The '97-98 Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year also guided the St. Albert Saints to the Alberta Junior Hockey League championship.

 Financial terms of the two-year contract have not been released.