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This article was published 4/9/2015 (1910 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have lost a key member of their blue-line with veteran Ryan Pilon stepping away from the team.
The team opened its main camp on Friday without the three-year Western Hockey League veteran, who will turn 19 next month.
"Ryan came to me this week and told me that at this time he has lost his passion to play hockey and will be leaving the team," said Kelly McCrimmon, the team's coach and general manager.
"We had a number of discussions, but his final decision was that this was what he felt he needed to do," he added.
Pilon had 11 goals, 52 points and a plus-minus of plus-36 in 68 regular-season games last season.
He added 12 points in 19 playoff contests, helping the Wheat Kings reach the WHL final, and was later chosen by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the National Hockey League draft.
See tomorrow's Brandon Sun for more.