The Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) have named longtime MJHL Coach, Don MacGillivary their 24th Head Coach in team history.
MacGillivray has spent the past four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Wheat Kings. Prior to joining Brandon, he made stops in the MJHL with the St. James Canadians (89-91), Southeast Blades (92-93), Neepawa Natives (93-96), Portage Terriers (00-06) and Winnipeg South/Blues (09-14).
Don is a four-time MJHL Coach of the Year (1995, 2005, 2012, 2013) and sits second all-time among MJHL coaching wins (669), one back of Doug Stokes (670) for the all-time lead.
In 2005, MacGillivray helped guide his Portage Terriers to a Turnbull Cup Championship in a 4-2 series victory over the Selkirk Steelers. In the Anavet Cup, it was the Terriers who would prevail over the SJHL’s Terriers, 4-games-to-2.
In Don’s final season (2013-14) in the MJHL, his Winnipeg Blues would shock the league. After finishing in sixth place during the regular season, the Blues would be forced to play in the now defunct Divisional Survivor Series where they would go on to knock out the Winkler Flyers in two straight games.
The team caught fire and lost just one game in each of their next series on the way to defeating the Dauphin Kings, 4-games-to-1 to win the Turnbull Memorial Trophy with a 14-3 playoff record.
Don sits third all-time in playoff wins (106) and has coached the most MJHL games in league history (1234).