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Victoria Royals assistant head coach Morgan Klimchuk hired by AHL’s Manitoba Moose


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The Victoria Royals are on the hunt for a new assistant coach following the departure of Morgan Klimchuk, who has been hired as an assistant coach for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Klimchuk, who joined the Royals’ coaching staff in the 2022-23 season, worked under head coach Dan Price and later under James Patrick, who took over mid-season this year.

“Today is a bittersweet day for our organization,” said Royals General Manager Jake Heisinger.

Over two seasons, Klimchuk played a crucial role in the development and performance of the team, leveraging his extensive experience as both a player and a coach.

“Morgan had a tremendous impact on our players with his upbeat personality, knowledge, and work ethic that he brought to the rink every day. The WHL is a developmental league for players as well as staff and having a coach with Morgan’s professionalism move on from our organization exemplifies the type of culture we are proud of both on and off the ice,” added Heisinger.

“Klimmer will certainly be missed by our players, staff and fans however this is a well-deserved opportunity, and we are extremely happy for him.”

Before stepping behind the bench for the Royals, Klimchuk’s coaching journey began with the Edge U15 Prep team during the 2021-22 season. This role followed the conclusion of his professional playing career, providing him with his first taste of mentoring young talent and solidifying his passion for coaching.

Klimchuk’s impressive hockey resume dates back to his time as a player in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was drafted fifth overall by the Regina Pats in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft and spent five seasons in the league.

During his WHL career, Klimchuk displayed exceptional skill and consistency, amassing 118 goals and 267 points in 261 games with the Regina Pats and later the Brandon Wheat Kings.

His talents caught the eye of the NHL scouts, leading to his selection by the Calgary Flames in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Klimchuk then embarked on a professional career spanning five seasons, where he played in various leagues, showcasing his versatility and resilience on the ice.

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With the move to the Manitoba Moose, Klimchuk is poised to bring his robust experience and fresh perspective to the AHL team.

“Morgan is one of the bright up and coming coaches in the game,” said Royals Head Coach James Patrick. “I will miss working with him, but I am very excited as he moves on to the next chapter of his coaching career.”

The Royals said they would begin their search for a new assistant coach immediately.

Last week, the team announced their home opener for the upcoming season will take place on September 20th—with back-to-back games against the Tri-City Americans at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

Victoria and Tri-City met four times during the 2023-24 season, with the Royals earning wins in all four games.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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