The Brandon Wheat Kings have added two coaches to their staff for the upcoming 2020-21 Western Hockey League season. Todd Miller will be joining the team as an assistant coach and Daniel Johnston will be stepping into the role of video coach, a first in franchise history.
Miller, 42, is a native of Elliot Lake, ON and has a long history of coaching in the Canadian Hockey League. He spent eleven seasons with the Barrie Colts, acting as an assistant coach to bench boss Dale Hawerchuk, before taking the reins as head coach in the 2019-20 season. Miller took over as head coach in January 2020, after the club parted ways with interim head coach Warren Rychel, and coached the young team to a 13-7-2 record, finishing the shortened season in second place of the OHL’s central division.
Meanwhile, Johnston, 28, from Calgary, AB is no stranger to the Western Hockey League, having played with the Portland Winterhawks and the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 2007-2013. Johnston joins the Wheat Kings on the heels of his playing days, having hung up his skates after the 2017-18 season following a five-year career in the ECHL. He will be looking to bring a new perspective to Brandon, setting the stage as the team’s first ever video coach.
The Wheat Kings and the WHL are slated to begin their season on January 8th, 2021 with an interdivisional Regular Season schedule. Wheat Kings General Manager, Darren Ritchie believes Miller and Johnston will be valuable additions to the club.