February 1, 1974 |
Thompson, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Saint John Flames
Las Vegas Thunder
Long Beach Ice Dogs
|NHL Draft||201st overall, 1994
Keith McCambridge (born February 1, 1974) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman and current assistant coach for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was the head coach of the Manitoba Moose/St. John's IceCaps team in the AHL from 2011 to 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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- "Jets Elect Not to Renew Contract of Moose Coach Keith McCambridge". OurSports Central. April 22, 2016.
- "Keith McCambridge named Assistant Coach for Hartford". OurSports Central. August 3, 2016.
- Keith McCambridge's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Keith McCambridge player profile at NHL.com
- Keith McCambridge's profile - Winnipeg Jets official website
|Head coach of the Manitoba Moose