Some sad and shocking news out of Brandon that assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk has suffered a broken back after apparently falling down some stairs at the Keystone Centre yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
I've known Dwayne, or "Chewy" as he was known to his friends, since he played with the Wheat Kings. My family billeted players back then and Dwayne was always friendly to us brats who followed around the hockey players. He was given the nickname "Chewy" I believe by Trevor Kidd, because of the noises he made while sleeping on the bus. Word is he sounded a lot like Chewbacca the Wookie from Star Wars.
The Winnipeg product is the leader in games played for the Wheat Kings (323) and has been on the bench since 2003 as an assistant coach.
Gylywoychuk is recovering at Brandon General Hospital. Hope to see you up and around at the rink soon Chewy.