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Wheat Kings select Mattheos first overall in WHL Draft

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According to the Western Hockey League website on Thursday, the Brandon Wheat Kings selected center Stelio Mattheos first overall in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary. Mattheos had 53 goals and 50 assists for 103 points with the Winnipeg Monarchs of the Winnipeg AAA Bantam Hockey League last season.

A native of Winnipeg, Mattheos continues the Wheat Kings' tradition of selecting Manitoba born hockey players. In 2013-14, the Wheat Kings had ten Manitoba natives on their roster.

Wheat Kings general manager Kelly McCrimmon selected Mattheos. Kelly McCrimmon is the brother of former Calgary Flame Brad McCrimmon, who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash in 2011.

Brandon had the first pick in the draft even though they were not the worst team this season in the Western Hockey League. They received the pick because of a prior trade with the Saskatoon Blades.

The Hitmen did not have a first round pick because of a trade they made earlier in the season to acquire Adam Tambellini fom the Portland Winterhawks. The Hitmen's first pick was in the second round, 41st overall, when they selected Mark Kastelic, a center from Phoenix, Arizona.

Two Calgary natives were drafted in the first round. Goaltender Ian Scott was drafted ninth overall by the Prince Albert Raiders and center Jaret Anderson-Dolan was drafted 14th overall by the Spokane Chiefs.

In other WHL news on Wednesday, former Calgary Flame head coach Don Hay has been named the new head coach of the Kamloops Blazers. Hay, who coached the Blazers from 1992-1995 and won two Memorial Cups in that time period, coached the Calgary Flames in the 2000-01 season. For the last ten years Hay has been coaching the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants.

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