McCrimmon turns down offer to join Leafs’ front office

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Brandon Wheat Kings’ executive Kelly McCrimmon will remain with the Western Hockey League club. The 54-year-old had been in talks to join the Toronto Maple Leafs front office.

“I have made the decision to remain with the Wheat Kings,” McCrimmon said in a statement. “I was honored to have been considered for a position with the Maple Leafs. It would have been a tremendous opportunity.”

McCrimmon is the Wheat Kings’ owner, GM and head coach.

He had discussions with Toronto about joining its management team, which includes Kyle Dubas, Mark Hunter and Brandon Pridham.

“With our team expected to contend this season, I felt I owed it to the group to stay here and try to help us take the next step,” McCrimmon added.

Toronto filled out its coaching staff last week adding Jim Hiller, Andrew Brewer and D.J. Smith.