We now know who's going to be standing behind the Kamloops Blazers bench next season: Shaun Clouston.
Clouston isn't new to the job of head coach, or the WHL. Up until the end of May, he was the head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers, a job he held for nine years (eight of those years, they made the playoffs). As the Tigers' head coach, he holds a few records with the team, including the winningest coach, according to a press release from the Blazers.
“It is a tremendous honour to join the Kamloops Blazers organization,“ Clouston says in the release. “I am excited to meet our players and eager to begin working alongside Matt, Darryl and our entire staff in creating a successful team both on the ice and in the community. My family and I look forward to making Kamloops our new home.”
Darryl, in this case, is Darryl Sydor, the former NHL defenseman who stepped in as assistant coach last year. This year, he'll be the team's associate coach, according to the release.
“We are very fortunate to have the quality of person and coach in Darryl return to the organization as associate coach,” says team general manager Matt Bardsley in the release. “His experience of being a Blazer alumni, NHL player and coach is so invaluable to the organization and the players.”
This spring he ran the team's prospect camp.
The Blazers announced in April that the team and head coach Serge Lajoie parted ways. Lajoie spent one season as the team's coach, during which the Blazers made it to the playoffs, but were ousted in the first round by the Victoria Royals.