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McCambridge joins Moose’s coaching staff

mtb_200.jpgThe Manitoba Moose, in conjunction with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, are pleased to announce today the hiring of Keith McCambridge as the hockey club’s new Assistant Coach.

McCambridge comes to the Moose from the ECHL’s Alaska Aces where he held the Head Coaching position during the 2007-08 season. Last season, McCambridge led the Aces to within a game of their second Kelly Cup title in four years when they lost Game 7 of the finals at home to the South Carolina Stingrays. His two-year record as head coach during the regular season was 86-50-8 (.625), including the club’s fourth West Division and third National Conference title in five years this past season.

McCambridge’s teams went 20-10 (.667) in the playoffs, sweeping defending ECHL champion Idaho in a first-round series back in 2008 and winning 12 of 14 games on its way to the Kelly Cup Finals this past season. His departure ends a seven-year tenure with the Aces, including three years as a playing captain and one as an assistant coach. McCambridge closed out his playing career in 2006, when Alaska defeated Gwinnett in five games to capture the ECHL championship.

Prior to that, McCambridge played nine seasons in both the IHL and AHL, holding spots on the Saint John Flames, Las Vegas Thunder, Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros and Cleveland Barons. In 1999-00 the left-handed defenseman played three games with the Manitoba Moose in the IHL where he accumulated one assist and four penalty minutes.

He played 378 games in the AHL earning nine goals, 21 assists, for a total of 30 points and 1057 penalty minutes in the regular season.

McCambridge will replace Jay Wells and will join Scott Arniel and Rick St. Croix on the Moose bench as part of the coaching staff. Arniel is entering his fourth season as the Manitoba Moose Head Coach while St. Croix is entering his fifth as Assistant Coach.