Wheat Kings fire former Sens coach Clouston

May 15, 2012, 5:53 PM

The Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League have parted ways with head coach Cory Clouston, the team announced Tuesday.

Clouston is the former head coach of the Ottawa Senators and signed a two year contract with the Wheat Kings last August.

“I have given a great deal of thought to our coaching situation for the upcoming season,” Wheat Kings’ general manager Kelly McCrimmon said in a statement on the team’s website. “I do not want uncertainty with this important position and as a result have decided we will not have Cory return next season. He will perhaps have opportunities to coach professionally, failing that, we will honor the second year of his contract.”

In 72 games under Clouston, the Wheat Kings had a 39-28-5 record but were swept by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the second round of the WHL playoffs.

Clouston spent the better part of three seasons with the Senators, amassing a 95-83-20 record before being fired in April 2011. Since his coaching career began in 1999, Clouston has also coached the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League and the Kootenay Ice in the WHL

No replacement has been named at this time.

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