Keith McCambridge

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Keith McCambridge
Born (1974-02-01) February 1, 1974 (age 45)
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 1995–2006

Keith McCambridge (born February 1, 1974) is a Canadian retired ice hockey 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.

Playing career[edit]

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[edit]

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 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[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 1 4 5 94 8 0 0 0 2
1992–93 Swift Current Broncos WHL 70 0 6 6 87 17 0 1 1 27
1993–94 Swift Current Broncos WHL 71 0 10 10 179 7 0 0 0 4
1994–95 Swift Current Broncos WHL 48 5 7 12 120
1994–95 Kamloops Blazers WHL 21 0 6 6 90 21 0 5 5 49
1995–96 Saint John Flames AHL 48 1 3 4 89 16 0 0 0 6
1996–97 Saint John Flames AHL 56 2 1 3 109
1997–98 Saint John Flames AHL 56 4 4 8 118
1997–98 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 10 0 1 1 16 4 0 0 0 9
1998–99 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 18 1 2 3 56
1998–99 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 52 2 5 7 200 8 0 0 0 20
1999–00 Providence Bruins AHL 47 0 2 2 135
1999–00 Manitoba Moose IHL 3 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Providence Bruins AHL 63 1 5 6 215 10 0 0 0 18
2001–02 Providence Bruins AHL 59 1 3 4 263 2 0 0 0 5
2002–03 Houston Aeros AHL 11 0 0 0 22
2002–03 Cleveland Barons AHL 38 0 3 3 106
2003–04 Alaska Aces ECHL 63 1 5 6 171 6 1 1 2 2
2004–05 Alaska Aces ECHL 56 3 8 11 111 15 0 4 4 12
2005–06 Alaska Aces ECHL 47 1 3 4 93 22 0 4 4 16
AHL totals 378 9 21 30 1,057 28 0 0 0 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Passion drives IceCaps coach". Winnipeg Sun. October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "McCambridge a Moose coach". InterlakeToday.ca. July 27, 2009.
  3. ^ "Moose assistant coach Keith McCambridge promoted to head coach of Jets farm team". FoxNews.com. July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jets Elect Not to Renew Contract of Moose Coach Keith McCambridge". OurSports Central. April 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Keith McCambridge named Assistant Coach for Hartford". OurSports Central. August 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Keith McCambridge Named Head Coach of Hartford Wolf Pack". NHL.com. Retrieved June 12, 2017.

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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–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent