The Winnipeg Jets are pleased today to announce Keith McCambridge has been named head coach of Winnipeg’s new American Hockey League affiliate in St. John’s, N.L.
McCambridge, 37, becomes the first head coach since the former Manitoba Moose franchise’s relocation from Winnipeg to St. John’s. The Thompson, Man., native held the position of assistant coach of the Moose for the past two seasons, helping the team to a record of 83-63-6-8 over that time. This past season, working with current Jets head coach Claude Noel, McCambridge helped guide the Moose to the North Division Final of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, where they were eliminated in seven games by the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Prior to joining the Moose, McCambridge spent six seasons with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, winning a Kelly Cup as a player/assistant coach in 2006 and returning to the Finals as head coach in 2009.
McCambridge had an 11-year playing career as a professional (1995-2006), including AHL stops with the Saint John Flames, Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros and Cleveland Barons.