Darren Ritchie has resigned as general manager of the Brandon Wheat Kings to take a scouting position with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the club announced Friday morning.
He will be replaced by assistant GM Doug Gasper, who joined the team in 2019.
Ritchie, who played with the Wheat Kings from 1991 to 1995, returned to the club after a nine-year professional hockey career, serving as an assistant coach, director of scouting and GM. He was named general manager in the summer of 2019 after Grant Armstrong’s contract wasn’t renewed.
Gasper spent two seasons as a western Canadian amateur scout for the Vancouver Canucks after serving as the director of scouting for the Moose Jaw Warriors from 2015 to 2017.
He also was an area scout with the Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Nipawin Hawks.
For complete coverage of the news, including interviews with Ritchie and Gasper, see Saturday’s edition of The Brandon Sun.