Wade Klippenstein has been hired as the Brandon Wheat Kings' new director of scouting.
Wade Klippenstein can’t wait to get to Brandon this weekend and begin his tenure as the Wheat Kings’ new director of scouting.
Born in Boissevain and raised in Dauphin, the 43-year-old Klippenstein was hired Thursday to replace director of player personnel Al Macpherson, who retired in the spring after a lengthy tenure with the club that began back in 1986. Klippenstein said he is thrilled to get the opportunity to return to Westman and join one of the most successful franchises in the WHL over the past two decades.
"Well, I’m very excited to be a part of an organization with the history they have and the opportunity to be successful," Klippenstein said yesterday via telephone from Banff, Alta., where he was attending a hockey summit. "Knowing their (50-player protected) list and current roster and all the people that are involved in the organization, it’s a great opportunity and again, I’m just very happy to be a part of that and help them move along."
Klippenstein has spent the past six seasons with the Prince George Cougars, handling both management and coaching duties, and served as the Cougars’ assistant GM and director of player personnel for four years before resigning in the spring. Previously, Klippenstein worked as a head scout with the Moose Jaw Warriors and as an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades.
"I have been fortunate to have a lot of on the job training and ... and I have been very, very fortunate for all of the jobs that I have had the opportunity to do," said Klippenstein, a 1990 NHL draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques who played junior in the SJHL and went on to play NCAA hockey at the University of Alaska.
Wheat Kings owner/general manager Kelly McCrimmon likes what Klippenstein brings to the table.
"He has real good experience in the game as a player, coach and a scout and director of player personnel," McCrimmon said. "And I think the fact that he’s done this job for four years helps prepare him to take this job and I think he will work well with our existing staff."
Klippenstein takes over a scouting staff that is regarded as one of the best in the league, working with a 50-player list stocked with top talent.
"I’m reasonably familiar with the roster and the list players ... and I’m just excited to get in there and start being a part of it, meeting the families and the players and the rest of the staff and the community," he said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 23, 2013