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Darren Langdon expects to join Western Kings coaching staff despite team still being in limbo

Members of the Western Kings are shown in action during the 2017-2018 provincial major midget hockey league season in this Western Star file photo.
Members of the Western Kings are shown in action during the 2017-2018 provincial major midget hockey league season in this Western Star file photo. - Chris Quigley

Darren Langdon expects to be a member of the Western Kings coaching staff for the 2018-2019 season with Mark Robinson and Andre Cornick.

Cornick was fired by Kings management at the end of last season, while Robinson left the team shortly after. The moves were made after Kings co-owner Craig Simms of Corner Brook felt changes to the coaching staff were needed.

Kings co-owner Jason Oake didn’t share the same vision and wanted the two coaches to remain as part of the coaching staff with Langdon.

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Both owners have been tight-lipped about the coaching situation for the past few months, but Langdon believes there is a possibility that there will be other coaches assigned to the team before the camp starts.

Despite the apparent turmoil, Langdon believes the two owners are trying to sort it all out.

Langdon said he will be on hand to help out where he can when the Western Kings hold an open tryout camp over three weekends in August.

It’s been a long wait for things to be settled and Langdon hopes a solution is found soon so the focus can turn back to the ice.

The Star reached out to Kings co-owners Simms and Oake, as well as Robinson, for comment on the camp and coaching situation, but neither were available for comment prior to press time.

2018-2019 Western Kings Tryouts

Saturday, Aug. 11

11 a.m.-1 p.m. —  Corner Brook Civic Centre

6-8 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

Sunday, Aug. 12

11 a.m. -1 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

Saturday, Aug. 18

11 a.m. -1 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

6-8 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

Sunday, Aug. 19

11 a.m. -1 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

Saturday, Aug. 25

11 a.m. -1 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

6-8 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

Sunday, Aug. 26

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Corner Brook Civic Centre

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