August 3, 2011
Former Senators coach Clouston finds job in WHL
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - The search is over for Cory Clouston.
Fired by the Senators in April, Clouston landed with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings as head coach Wednesday when the club’s owner/GM Kelly McCrimmon stepped down from his coaching post after seven years behind the bench.
“I felt this was the right time for this move,” said McCrimmon in a statement on the club’s website. “As much as I enjoy coaching and working day to day with the players and coaches, I’ve said all along that there is real value in having two people fill these positions.
“I look forward to working with Cory ... and channeling my efforts to other areas of our organization.”
Clouston, who will be working with Ottawa prospects Mark Stone and Jordan Fansoo in Brandon, said he’d been in touch with the Wheat Kings and is excited by the move.
“(McCrimmon) told me that this might be a possibility when we met at the NHL Entry Draft,” said Clouston. “Coming to Brandon and joining the Wheat Kings is a great fit … both hockey wise and for me and my family.
“The Wheat Kings have always been one of the most respected teams in junior hockey and having the opportunity to work with Kelly is something that I’m really looking forward to.”
McCrimmon said the timing is right for Clouston, a former coach of the WHL’s Kooteney Ice, to take over.
“Cory is a tremendously proven, experienced head coach,” said McCrimmon. “He’s had great success in the WHL, in Kootenay as well as four years of professional experience since then.
“He will add value to our organization and contribute positively to the development of our coaching staff and players. Cory is an exceptional choice to lead our team moving forward. I am confident and pleased.”