Tyson Ramsey has been named the Oil Capital’s head coach and general manager. The 42-year-old served as an assistant coach last season for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League team and has been a scout for the organization in the past.
“I am extremely honoured and proud to be taking on the GM and head coach role of the Virden Oil Caps,” Ramsey said in an Oil Caps press release. “I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two years with the hockey club… and I have the utmost respect for the organization and the all the people involved with it. I am really excited to help in the process of leading the Oil Caps to a championship.”
Ramsey takes over for Troy Leslie, whose contract was not renewed. Leslie led the team since it moved to Virden in 2012. Ramsey will soon be making the move to Virden with his family – wife Tracy and daughters Emma and Avery.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to bring our family to such a progressive, hardworking and friendly community,” the current Brandon resident said. “We look forward to meeting and getting to know all the community members and Oil Caps fans!”
In a statement released by the team, the Virden Oil Capitals Board of Directors stated that Ramsey is a great choice to lead the squad moving forward. He was inked to a three-year deal.
“His passion for the game is second to none, and his character and integrity is something we really want our players to be surrounded by. Tyson will be involved in and lead all areas of the hockey club both on and off the ice. Tyson will be tasked with leading the hockey club over the next three years and hopefully beyond as we continue to reach for that elusive championship, all the while helping grow young men to the next phases of their careers, both on and off the ice.”
Ramsey is a former MJHL player who also competed at Brandon University, including being the team’s captain. He has coached at the formerly named midget AAA level and female bantam AAA level, among others.
Look for more on Ramsey in an upcoming issue of the Virden Empire-Advance.