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Blues Name Billy Keane as New Head Coach

The Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League have promoted Billy Keane to head coach for the upcoming season.

The job was vacant after Don MacGillivray departed to become an assistant coach with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League last week.

Keane, who played for the Blues from 1982 to 1984, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Blues, was the head coach of the Winnipeg Saints for one season and has also spent time as an assistant with the Manitoba Bisons of the CIS.

MacGillivray spent the past seven seasons as head coach and general manager of the Blues, but joined the Wheat Kings staff under new head coach David Anning.

The Blues, who were fifth in the MJHL last season after posting a record of 32-18-10, also announced that Tim Schick will be the director of scouting and director of hockey operations, while Wayne Bartley has been hired as an assistant coach.