|League||Elite Ice Hockey League|
|Home arena||Braehead Arena|
|Colours||Purple, White and Black|
|General manager||Gareth Chalmers|
|Head coach||Pete Russell|
Glasgow Clan (formerly Braehead Clan) is a Scottish professional ice hockey team. It was formed in 2010 as the UK Elite Ice Hockey League expanded into the West of Scotland market, and are based at the Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire. It is currently one of three Scottish clubs playing in the top British league alongside Dundee Stars and the Fife Flyers.
In July 2018 the team officially re-branded to Glasgow Clan.
Braehead Arena previously hosted the Scottish Eagles ice hockey team for a brief period at beginning of the 2002–03 ISL season following their relocation from Ayr. The Eagles disbanded in November 2002 due to financial troubles. When the Superleague’s successor, the Elite Ice Hockey League was formed, initial plans included a new Glasgow-based team as being amongst the founding clubs, but this never materialised.
Following the 2008–09 season, the Elite League lost two teams with the resignations of the Basingstoke Bison and Manchester Phoenix, leaving the league with eight participating teams for the 2009–10 season. The Elite League subsequently announced the formation of the Braehead Clan as a ninth team for beginning with the 2010–11 season. The team’s ownership was announced as consisting of several of the Elite League's existing team owners, including Nottingham’s Neil Black.
The club began marketing the team through the creation of the 'Braehearts', these were female supporters who would promote the team at events and in the community, they wore specially created 'Braehearts' jerseys, similar to those of the team's home jerseys. The club also held open days which were to attract new potential support. With the arena being based next to the Braehead Shopping Mall, this gave the club good opportunity to further attract new supporters. The Braehead Clan fans are known as the Purple Army. The official mascot for the Clan is a highland cow named Clangus.
After being formed early in 2010 the club announced that Adam Calder would become the first coach of the Braehead Clan taking up a player/coach role for the upcoming season. The club also announced that Kirsty Longmuir would be the General Manager tasked with the job of marketing the new club to potential supporters.
Rumours began circulating in late April that Calder has resigned from the Clan only two weeks after being announced as the player/coach for the new Elite league side. On 4 May, the Braehead Clan announced official confirmation of Calder's departure on their website.
On 5 May, it was announced that Canadian forward Bruce Richardson would replace Adam Calder as player/coach of the Braehead Clan. Bruce Richardson had spent the past two seasons as player/assistant coach for Elite League rivals, Nottingham Panthers.
Richardson moved quickly to announce his first signings, three young British players who had previously played in the English Premier League: Sam Bullas, 19, who was trained in Nottingham and previously played for Swindon Wildcats; Matt Haywood, 19, from Sheffield, who was the leading goalscorer for Sheffield Scimitars during the 2009–10 season; and Adam Walker, 23, who spent the previous four seasons with Manchester Phoenix.
Richardson's fourth signing would be another key British player, Kevin Phillips, 24, who spent the previous season with the play-off winning Belfast Giants.
On 19 May, the Clan announced Derek Patrosso as their first import signing. He spent the previous two seasons with Port Huron Icehawks in the International Hockey League. The following day it was announced that the Clan had signed two more British players: defenceman John Connolly, 19, from Scottish rivals Edinburgh Capitals; and forward Shaun Thompson, 22, who split the previous season with Elite League side Hull Stingrays and English Premier League's Basingstoke Bison.
Mathieu Wathier was the Clans next signing, a 6 ft 1 tall defenceman from, Les Coteaux, Quebec, who had spent the last two years playing in the French Ligue Magnus. Player/Coach Bruce Richardson described the signing saying Wathier would be "solid defensively, a leader, and strong on the penalty kill".
Richardson's next signing was ex-team mate Tim Wedderburn, a 28-year-old defenseman who played the previous season in both the ECHL with the Victoria Salmon Kings, and in the AHL with Lake Erie Monsters. Bobby Chaumont was Richardson's next signing. The Canadian forward spent the previous two seasons in the CHL with the Mississippi RiverKings, scoring 48 points in 64 games in his last season with the club.
After a dry spell in recent signings, Richardson announced his enforcer for the season, 25-year-old Cedrick Bernier. Bernier has racked up 548 penalty minutes in the previous 4 seasons, playing in various leagues such as the SPHL, CHL, and ECHL. Richardson stated Bernier wanted to prove that he was "the toughest guy in the Elite League". He did not, breaking his hand in a fight early in the season, returning for a few games before going out with an injury again. The mutual decision reached that he was to be let go from the club.
On 1 July, the Clan announced that Derek Patrosso would not be joining Braehead team for their first season, and instead would stay in his native America for the upcoming season. Positive news followed, with the club announcing they had agreed terms with Brendan Cook, 27, a teammate of Bruce Richardson at the Nottingham Panthers during the 2008–09 season, where he scored 70 points in 54 games (30 goals and 40 assists).
Cody Bostock, 26, was the next import announced by the club. The Canadian defenseman previously played for Odense Bulldogs in the Danish Oddset Ligaen, and was brought in by Richardson to "solidify" the club's defensive core.
In June 2011, Bruce Richardson unexpectedly resigned from the club, after being offered a coaching post near his family home in Canada. Since joining the Clan Richardson had always made clear his intention to progress his coaching as far as possible, and had received advice that to become an established coach in North American leagues would mean building experience there. He also stated a wish to settle his family, who had moved around the world over the course of his playing career.
On ice, Braehead finished 6th in the league, finishing just 1 point behind 4th and 5th place. They reached the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup and the Play-Offs being knocked out by the Nottingham Panthers in both competitions. They had some stand out results, winning 4–1 in Belfast and 7–4 in Hull (with players out injured and back up netminder Mike Will in goal). Clan had a largely inconsistent season going on lengthy winning streaks beating top teams to bad losing streaks against teams nearer the bottom of the table.
Braehead finished the season being the only EIHL team to have beaten and lost to each of the other nine teams at least once.
Early in the 2012 close season Clan announced the re-signing of Brits Matthew Haywood, Adam Walker, Sam Zajac and Kevin Phillips and also Canadian Brock McPherson. On 30 April 2012, Clan announced the signing of Scottish born forward Ryan Watt from EPL side Slough Jets. Back up British goaltender Mike Will was also re-signed for this season. On 14 May, Clan announced that Jordan Krestanovich would be coming back and retaining his role as captain of the team.
All these signings were made despite having not yet revealed the coach for the 2012–13 season.
However, on 1 June, Owen Sound Attack of the OHL announced that they had hired Drew Bannister as Assistant Coach for the forthcoming season, News that angered many Clan fans as they felt he had gone behind Clans back and signed for Attack without any regard to his current contract or without informing anybody at Braehead.
Braehead announced that bench coach Frank Morris had signed for the following season on 12 June, revealing that he had already been working alongside GM Kirsty Longmuir to recruit new players.
On 15 June, Braehead confirmed that Jordan Krestanovich would be the player/coach for the following 2012–13 season. Krestanovich said, "I think the Clan has accomplished so much both on and off the ice in their short existence, but I think there is room for improvement and progression. The foundations are laid, and I look forward to building a team that will be competitive on the ice, but that will also be hungry to win."
The first signing of the Krestanovich era was announced one week later and was none other than fan favourite Jade Galbraith who had scored an EIHL record 101 points during the previous season. Galbraith re-signed as player/assistant coach to Krestanovich.
The following Monday it was revealed that 33-year-old Canadian forward Ryan Campbell would return for his third season with Braehead and become the first signing of the Krestanovich/Galbraith era. That same week Clan revealed they had signed their first import defenseman of the close season, Canadian born Mitch Maunu. The official Clan website described Maunu ass a 'hard hitting defenseman'. The next signing was 31-year-old Canadian forward Ash Goldie. Krestanovich said when speaking of Goldie, "I expect big things from Ash this year. I truly believe he could lead the league in goals this year." The signing of former Fife Flyers goaltender, 23-year-old Garrett Zemlak was revealed on 13 July. The final forward of Braeheads 2012–13 season roster was to be Canadian Bobby Chaumont, who had played for Clan in their debut 2010–11 season before moving on to America for one season to play for Fort Wayne Komets. After a summer of rumours linking Steve Birnstill to Clan, the American defenseman signing was finally announced on 27 July. Canadian defenseman Matt Hanson was next for Braehead, having spent the previous season playing for Laredo Bucks, his signing was announced on 6 August. The signing of young Brit forward Robert Farmer was announced after his move to Kazakhstan from Coventry Blaze did not work out. Young Brits Aidan Fulton and goaltender Gary Russell were signed on dual contracts with Solway Sharks in hope to give the two experience of regular games and playing with a top level team. On 21 September, the sixth defender of Clans roster was finally revealed, this Finnish/Italian Pippo Limnell Finocchiaro. Finocchiaro was to depart the club without playing a game. On 10 October, it was announced that Drew Miller of the Detroit Red Wings would play for Braehead on a lockout contract during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. Following a shaky start to the season defensively, Clan signed Craig Mitchell on a dual contract with Solway Sharks and also Canadian/Italian defenseman Davide Nicoletti. It was announced, on 12 November, that Bobby Chaumont and Ryan Campbell had been released from the club with immediate effect. On 27 November the club announced that they had signed Czech defenceman Martin Tůma from Nottingham Panthers and also a major coup with the signing of former AHL star forward Jesse Schultz this signing fell through however on 10 December.
The club announced that Paul Gardner would not be returning to coach the team and his successor Ryan Finnerty was confirmed as the new head coach of the Braehead Clan, joining the team from the Sheffield Steelers. Matt Haywood was announced as a returnee from the season before as well as Aiden Fulton and Craig Mitchell signing on full-time deals. Chris Frank and Shane Lust were confirmed as new signings, along with Kevin Bergin as a player/assistant coach. Finnerty continued to bring in players such as the Brit duo of Tristan Harper from the Dundee Stars and Lee Esders, joining Finnerty from the Sheffield Steelers. Veteran forward Ed McGrane was announced as one of the Clan's major signings, along with the return of captain Ash Goldie. Two more returnees in the form of backup netminder Mike Will and defenceman Sam Zajac were announced. The final signing before the season began with announced as former Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Joel Champagne. Braehead finished the season in 5th place in the league, but failed to retain the Gardiner Conference championship which they had won in the previous season, losing out to Scottish rivals Dundee Stars. The Clan however made history a couple weeks later by beating the Nottingham Panthers 9-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final of the Elite League play-offs, to become the first Scottish team ever to make the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Playoff Finals. They finished the season in a 3-2 loss to eventual Play-off champions the Sheffield Steelers in the semi-final.
Clan kicked off season 2014-15 with wholesale changes to the roster, ex-Chicago Blackhawks player Matt Keith stepped into the role of team Captain from the departing Ash Goldie and new faces Zack Fitzgerald, Stefan Meyer, Scott Pitt, Jamie Fritsch, Derek Roehl and Leigh Salters joined up with exciting imports Kyle Jones, Chris Frank, Scott Aarssen and Neil Trimm. The team faced Italian champions Asiago for the Aladdin cup, eventually winning in a penalty shootout. The club went from strength to strength as the months rolled on, sitting near or at the top of the Elite league for much of the season. The on ice rivalry with Fife Flyers exploded as heavyweight clashes between fighters Zach Fitzgerald and Flyer's Matt Nickerson drew in record crowds with Braehead Arena regularly selling out. Power forward Leigh Salters and Captain Matt Keith became the engine room for the club feeding the high flying scorers Scott Pitt, Neil Trimm and Stefan Meyer up top. Clan won the Gardiner Conference with relative ease and the focus of the season shifted towards the push for the first Elite League title. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, as Clan missed out on top spot by a single point, ending the season on 72 points behind Sheffield Steeler's 73. The silver-lining however was qualification to the Champions Hockey League, secured after a 3-2 win away in Kirkcaldy against rivals Fife Flyers in the final game of the regular season. Clan were eliminated in the play-off quarter finals by Hull Stingrays in an upset, haven taken a lead into the second leg, Hull took the final game to overtime and scored the overtime winner to end what should have been an otherwise marvellous season for the Clan on a second sour note for the purple army.
The club had reached the Champions Hockey League and were drawn against Swedish champions Vaxjo Lakers and German champions ERC Ingolstadt. Facing up against the best European hockey had to offer, the Clan finished third in the group, however pulled off an amazing result beating the German champions ERC Ingolstadt 6-4 at Braehead Arena. Recruitment saw fan favourites goaltender Kyle Jones and Chris Frank retire, Leigh Salters moved to Cardiff Devils and Zack Fitzgerald moved to Sheffield Steelers. Replacing them was the incoming ex-Stanley cup winning NHL defenceman Ric Jackman, KHL all-star Goaltender Chris Holt, Memorial Cup winner Chris Bruton and Kelly Cup and DEL2 winner Alex Leavitt. Another successful season looked possible for the Clan, however injuries began to play a part. The club lost goalie Chris Holt to injury and brought in Travis Fullerton in as cover, a long unbeaten streak was ended after injury's to key forwards Matt Keith and Scott Pitt. Chris Bruton was traded to Coventry Blaze mid-season for former Clan player Neil Trimm but the Clan couldn't regain their form. The Gardiner conference was again won and Clan finished in third place in the Elite League. Another shock exit in the play-offs again in over-time, this time to bitter rivals Fife Flyers. A disappointing season for a lot of the clan fans, pondering what could have been for the second season in a row.
During the summer months Goaltender Chris Holt retired and was replaced by Swedish goalie Michal Zajkowski, Stefan Meyer and Neil Trimm also retired. Ben Davies left the club to try out in the ECHL with Norfolk Admirals, while Ric Jackman and Brendan Brooks made the move to Fife Flyers. Coach Ryan Finnerty brought in veteran Jeff Ulmer, Trevor Hendrikx, Lee Baldwin, Cody Carlson, Daniel Ahsberg, Corey Cowick, Kyle Wharton, Matt Beca and ex-NHL enforcer Jay Rosehill to kick off the campaign. Clan began in pre-season by playing Belfast Giants for the Intu Cup however lost out on winning the competition. After a poor start to the season, marquee forward Jeff Ulmer and defenceman Trevor Hendrikx were released from their contracts, replaced by Harry Quast and Mike Hammond. The switch seemed to turn Clan's fortunes around as the trio of Scott Pitt, Matt Beca and Mike Hammond began a free scoring run that saw Pitt and Beca eventually end up as the League's top point scorers and finish in the EIHL all-star second team. Scott Pitt would also go on to become Braehead Clan's all time top point and goal scorer during the season surpassing previous record holder Jade Galbraith. However, an injury to Mike Hammond in a home game against Sheffield Steelers in a collision with former Clan player Zack Fitzgerald ruled him out for the pivotal last few weeks of the season. After a mixed start and end to the campaign Clan finished in the middle of the pack in 5th place, after going eight home games unbeaten, Clan beat Dundee Stars 4-1 at home to clinch a third Gardiner Conference in a row to round off the regular season. Clan again faced off against Dundee Stars in the play-off quarter finals but yet again suffered a shock 4-1 defeat in the away leg and another 3-0 defeat during the home leg, knocking the Clan out in an 7-1 aggregate scoreline. The third year in a row Clan were eliminated from the play-offs by the lower seeded team.
In April 2017, the club announced that Ryan Finnerty would not be returning following the disappointing end to the last campaign. Instead, new coach John Tripp was installed, joining from DEL2 side ETC Crimmitschau. The former German Olympic ice hockey player was to take charge in what would be his first full season as an ice hockey coach.  Former player Brendan Brooks was announced to join John as an assistant coach and team captain, returning to the Clan from rivals, Fife Flyers. Using his knowledge of the Germany hockey league's John Tripp recruited some familiar faces in Cameron Burt, Tyler Scofield, Ryan Nie and former NHL player Ryan Potulny to begin the season. Joining from North America were physical forwards Jacob Doty, Tyler Shattock and defenseman Landon Oslanski.
The Clan began the season with a busy pre-season schedule which saw them win a new Scottish Cup competition against Fife Flyers, Dundee Stars and Edinburgh Capitals, while also playing stand-alone pre-season games against Lowen Frankfurt and the University of Manitoba Bisons. Clan's season started off with a bang, winning at home in the Challenge Cup against former coach Ryan Finnerty's new team, Manchester Storm. In the coming few weeks Clan's form went up and down so a number of changes were made at playing level. The club introduced new captain Ville Hämäläinen, Brooks became an assistant captain alongside Craig Peacock, Ryan Potulny. Clan's form, however, maintained its stop-start nature and numerous defeats to the hands of rivals Fife Flyers saw the club at the wrong end of the league table and chasing Fife in the Gardiner Conference. In February the team's form did eventually hit its stride and a run of impressive wins saw a late comeback, but the damage was already done and defeats in the final weekend by Nottingham Panthers and Guildford Flames consolidated Clan to its worst ever season, missing out on the Gardiner Conference to bitter rivals Fife Flyers  and ending the regular season in 9th place, its lowest ever Elite League finish, and missing out on the EIHL playoffs for the first time in club history. As a result of these poor results Coach John Tripp was released from his contract and the club would start a new rebuild year for the coming season.
Elite Ice Hockey League record
Current roster, 2018-19
|No.||Player||Catches||Acquired||Place of Birth||Joined from||Press Release|
|33||Joel Rumpel||L||2018||Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada||Utah Grizzlies, ECHL|||
|1||Gary Russell||L||2015||Glasgow, Scotland||Solway Sharks, NIHL|||
|88||Jordan McLaughlin *||L||2018||Edinburgh, Scotland||Edinburgh Capitals, EIHL|||
|No.||Player||Shoots||Acquired||Place of Birth||Joined from||Press Release|
|21||Zach Sullivan||R||2014||Redhill, England||Basingstoke Bison, EPIHL|||
|17||Michal Gutwald||L||2017||Slany, Czech Republic||HK Dukla Michalovce, Slovak 1. Liga|||
|3||Josh Grieveson *||R||2017||Harrogate, England||Dundee Stars, EIHL|||
|13||Zack Fitzgerald - C||L||2018||Two Harbors, Minnesota, United States||Sheffield Steelers, EIHL|||
|58||Matt Stanisz||L||2018||Burlington, Ontario, Canada||Manchester Storm, EIHL|||
|10||Tyson Wilson||L||2018||Brockville, Ontario, Canada||Brampton Beast, ECHL|||
|2||Travis Ehrhardt||L||2018||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||KRS Heilongjiang, VHL|||
|14||Lewis Baldwin *||R||2018||Billingham, England||Solway Sharks, NIHL|||
|No.||Player||Position||Acquired||Place of Birth||Joined from||Press Release|
|11||Matthew Haywood - A||C||2010||Doncaster, England||Sheffield Scimitars, EPIHL|||
|71||Craig Peacock - A||LW/C||2016||Peterborough, England||Belfast Giants, EIHL|||
|73||Gerard Hanson||LW||2018||Lidingö, Sweden||Manchester Storm, EIHL|||
|61||Scott Pitt||C/LW||2018||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||Manchester Storm, EIHL|||
|24||Jack Musil||FW||2018||Beverley, England||Endicott College, NCAA|||
|41||Scott Tanski - A||C||2018||Athabasca, Alberta, Canada||Reading Royals, ECHL|||
|16||Rasmus Bjerrum||LW||2018||Esbjerg, Denmark||Odense Bulldogs, Metal Ligaen|||
|20||Mac Howlett||C||2018||Woking, England||SaiPa U18, Liiga|||
|26||Matt Beca||RW||2018||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada||Manchester Storm, EIHL|||
|9||Brendan Connolly||C||2018||Canmore, Alberta, Canada||Belfast Giants, EIHL|||
|22||Josh Gratton||LW||2018||Brantford, Ontario, Canada||HC Nové Zámky, Tipsport Liga|||
|12||Vaclav Stupka||LW||2018||Trnava, Slovakia||MsHK Zilina, Tipsport Liga|||
|No.||Name||Position||Place of Birth||Joined from||Press Release|
|N/A||Pete Russell||Head coach||Ayr, Scotland||Milton Keynes Lightning, EIHL|||
|No.||Name||Position||Place of Birth||Joined from||Press Release|
|N/A||Gareth Chalmers||Hockey & Operations Director||Darlington, England||Newcastle Vipers, EIHL|||
|N/A||Tracy Ross||Administration & Community Executive||Glasgow, Scotland|
|N/A||Sean Skelly||Marketing & Operations Executive||Paisley, Scotland|
|N/A||Chris Ward||Brand & Retail Executive||Glenrothes, Scotland|
|N/A||David Macleod||Director of Equipment Operations||Glasgow, Scotland|
|N/A||Gerry McLaughlin||Brand Ambassador||Glasgow, Scotland|
|N/A||Craig Anderson||Media Officer||East Kilbride, Scotland|
|No.||Name||Position||Acquired||Current Status||Press Release|
|9||Bari McKenzie||FW||2015||Fife Flyers|||
|7||Felix-Antoine Poulin||D||2018||Manchester Storm|||
|32||Craig Cescon||D||2017||ASC Corona Brasov, Erste Liga|||
|28||Jacob Doty||C/RW||2017||Nottingham Panthers, EIHL|||
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