On Friday, the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants announced that the club had signed Keith McCambridge to serve as an associate coach for the 2020-21 WHL season. The former head coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose actually reached out to Vancouver prior to the team publicly announcing the position vacancy.
“I’m honoured to join the Vancouver Giants coaching staff,” McCambridge said in a team-issued press release. “The Giants are one of the premiere junior hockey franchises in the world, and I’m excited to start working with the players and the coaching staff to help maintain that standard both on the ice and in the community. I want to thank Vancouver’s ownership group, management team and coaching staff for this opportunity.”
The past 10 years have seen the Thompson product work his way through three clubs within the AHL. Beginning with the Winnipeg Jets’ former affiliate St. John’s IceCaps from 2011-15, McCambridge followed the IceCaps to Winnipeg where he remained at the helm in Manitoba for the 2015-16 season. After not seeing his contract renewed for 2016-17, the former ECHL player/coach with the Alaska Aces joined the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he coached from 2017-19.
“I’ve been in the game a long time and to me it’s about people and relationships,” McCambridge added. “After getting a chance to speak with everyone involved with the Giants, it seemed like a good fit; that was one of the top things on my list.”
Before beginning his coaching career, former Calgary Flames draft pick suited up in 710 professional games between the AHL, ECHL and the former IHL, where he put up 17 goals, 63 points and a whopping 1,708 penalty minutes. Between 1991 and 1995, he played with both the Swift Current Broncos and Kamloops Blazers in the WHL, where he earned a Memorial Cup championship in his last season in the league.
“Keith McCambridge’s success both as a player and a coach speaks for itself,” said Giants GM Barclay Parneta. “We are fortunate to add a coach with Keith’s experience to our staff. His positivity, innovative thinking, communication and attention to detail are all going to be major positives for our players.”