Keith McCambridge

Keith McCambridge (born February 1, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and a former defenceman. He was previously the head coach of the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose/St. John's IceCaps team from 2011 to 2016 and the Hartford Wolf Pack from 2017 to 2019.

Keith McCambridge
Born (1974-02-01) February 1, 1974
Thompson, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Saint John Flames
Las Vegas Thunder
Long Beach Ice Dogs
Providence Bruins
Manitoba Moose
Houston Aeros
Cleveland Barons
Alaska Aces
NHL Draft 201st overall, 1994
Calgary Flames
Playing career 19952006

Playing career

McCambridge was born in Thompson, Manitoba, but grew up in Selkirk. He joined the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League as a 16-year-old, playing one season before moving on to the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, where he spent most of his major junior career. During his final season of junior hockey, McCambridge was traded to the Kamloops Blazers, joining them on their 1995 Memorial Cup championship run.[1][2]

McCambridge was drafted in the eighth round, 201st overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. After junior, he spent three seasons with the Saint John Flames, Calgary's AHL affiliate, from 1995 to 1998. He later went on to play for several teams in both the American and the International Hockey Leagues, including the Las Vegas Thunder, Providence Bruins, Long Beach Ice Dogs, and Cleveland Barons. Known for his tough, bruising style of play, McCambridge recorded 42 points and 1333 penalty minutes in 461 regular season games, AHL and IHL combined. He also played in 40 playoff games.[1]

In 2003, McCambridge signed as a player-coach with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. He spent three seasons with the Aces, as a captain wearing the number 2, and was a part of their 2006 Kelly Cup championship team. McCambridge retired as a player following the Aces' championship season.[2]

Coaching career

After retiring a player, McCambridge became a full-time assistant coach for Aces in 2006 and was promoted to head coach a year later. The Aces enjoyed two successful seasons under McCambridge's guidance and advanced to the finals in 2008-2009.[2]

In 2009, McCambridge joined the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose as an assistant coach and later moved with the team to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. The Winnipeg Jets, the parent club of the St. John's IceCaps, subsequently selected McCambridge to replace Claude Noël as head coach.[3] McCambridge led the IceCaps to a division title in 2011–12 and a berth in the 2014 Calder Cup finals, which they lost to the Texas Stars in five games.

McCambridge was retained as head coach when the franchise relocated back to Winnipeg as the Moose in 2015. After one season back in Manitoba, McCambridge's contract was not renewed by the Jets' organization.[4] He was hired as an assistant coach by the Hartford Wolf Pack in August 2016.[5]

On June 12, 2017, McCambridge was named Wolf Pack head coach for the 2017–18 AHL season.[6] He was fired after two seasons.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Swift Current Broncos WHL 7214594 80002
1992–93 Swift Current Broncos WHL 7006687 1701127
1993–94 Swift Current Broncos WHL 7101010179 70004
1994–95 Swift Current Broncos WHL 485712120
1994–95 Kamloops Blazers WHL 2106690 2105549
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 4813489 160006
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 56213109
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 56448118
1997–98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1001116 40009
1998–99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 1812356
1998–99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 52257200 800020
1999–00 Providence Bruins AHL 47022135
1999–00 Manitoba Moose IHL 30114
2000–01 Providence Bruins AHL 63156215 1000018
2001–02 Providence Bruins AHL 59134263 20005
2002–03 Houston Aeros AHL 1100022
2002–03 Cleveland Barons AHL 38033106
2003–04 Alaska Aces ECHL 63156171 61122
2004–05 Alaska Aces ECHL 563811111 1504412
2005–06 Alaska Aces ECHL 4713493 2204416
AHL totals 378 9 21 30 1,057 28 0 0 0 29

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Claude Noel
Head coach of the Manitoba Moose
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Pascal Vincent
Preceded by
Ken Gernander
Head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Vacant
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