Wheat Kings are excited to announce the retention of the new Team General Manager and Coaching Staff for 2016-2017 season……
Wheatland Kings are proud to announce that Darcy Busslinger has accepted the position of Team General Manager position and Director of Hockey Operations. This is a big plus for the Wheatkings organization, and will be a cap to completing the organizations’ operations staff requirements for the upcoming season. Darcy was the team Manager for the WAA Chiefs in the 2015-2016 season and has worked closely with the new coaching staff last year so there is some familiarity.
Wheatland Kings are proud to announce the Bench Staff for the 2016-2017 season.
Heading up the team as Head Coach is Shadoe Stoodley. He was born and raised on a farm near Strathmore. He played most of his minor hockey in Strathmore. For 1 year Shadoe played with the Wheatland AA Peewee Braves team and from there moved to Airdrie Bantam AAA where his team won the Western Canadian Championship. He played 3 years with the Wheatland AA Chiefs where the team won leagues. Shadoe went to Three Hills to play Junior B for 1 season and then headed to play in Olds for the Grizzlies in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for 3 seasons. In his final season, Shadoe received a scholarship to SAIT and played for the Trojans, where the team won an ACAC championship. After completing SAIT, Shadoe came back to Strathmore where he became an assistant coach for the Wheatland Chiefs. During his time with the Chiefs, he helped the Chiefs to win 3 Championships in five 5 seasons. In the 6th season, Shadow became the head coach of the Wheatland Chiefs, where he took the team to win the South Division Championship. He currently lives near Strathmore and works at the Strathmore Seed Cleaning Plant. He also helps out at his family’s ranch. Shadoe looks forward to bringing his hockey knowledge, experience, and passion to win into the Wheatland Kings organization and produce a successful team.
Assistant Coach Keenan Desmet was born in Calgary and raised on a farm near Strathmore. He played 5 years with the WAA organization and 1 year with the UFA Bisons. He played 2 years in Victoria with the Junior A Grizzlies, along with 1 year with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the BCHL. Keenan then accepted a NCAA Division 1 scholarship to the University Alabama Huntsville. Upon completion, continued on to play in France for 1 year. Keenan has been an assistant coach with the Wheatland AA Chiefs for 4 years, while also continuing to play 3 seasons with the Senior AAA Bentley Generals during this time, winning Allan Cups along the way. He now lives in Strathmore and farms with his family. Keenan is excited to help bring the Wheatland Kings first championship.
and Assistant Coach Braden Desmet was born and raised east of Strathmore, where he played minor hockey with the Strathmore organization and went through the WAA program. He played his final year of Midget for the UFA Bisons. He played 3 years with the AJHL – two with the Drumheller Dragons and 1 with the Olds Grizzlies. Braden received a scholarship and went to play 4 years in Wisconsin for the Yellowjackets, where he received a 4 year degree in Transportation and Logistics. Upon completion, Braden played 1 year in the US minor pro for Colorado Eagles and Evansville Iceman. He lives east of Strathmore on the family farm and works at HiPro Feeds, as well as helps with his family’s farm. Braden is eager to help the Wheatland Kings bring home some championships.
Mike Langen President of the Wheatland Kings says “We are proud to have this group of local men join the organization. While the GM and head coaching roles have seemed to be going through a yearly turn over with a new head coach and GM at the start of each of the last 3 seasons I think we have been extremely lucky to have the quality individuals we have had in the past seasons. I believe also, that the new appointments fall within this realm as well, as they are quality individuals. We as an organization have been able to secure some really good coaching from within our larger local organization and they are locals who grew up playing and coaching here. They have come from our local AA program where they have been for years and while that is a loss for the WAA, it will give an opportunity to other coaches at the AA Midget program to see what they can do and hopefully be stepping stone for |Shadoe and his crew to show what they have at the Junior level. They have an extremely good track record from there past experience coaching and playing and I am excited for things to come next year.”