Mid­dle­ton’s Cail Maclean head coach for AHL’S Stock­ton Heat

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - BY AL­BERT JOHN­SON FOR THE REG­IS­TER

The Calgary Flames have re­cently an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Cail Maclean as the head coach of their Amer­i­can Hockey League af­fil­i­ate Stock­ton Heat for 2018-19.

The 41-year-old Mid­dle­ton na­tive be­gan his mi­nor hockey play­ing ca­reer with nine years as a lo­cal Mus­tang fol­lowed by a year each in Western Val­ley Ban­tam AAA, Val­ley AAA Mid­get, and Ju­nior A with the Ottawa Se­na­tors.

Maclean then had a four-year ca­reer in the OHL with the Kitch­ener Fron­te­nacs capped off with the cap­taincy in his fi­nal sea­son in 1997-98 be­fore em­bark­ing on an 11-year pro­fes­sional ca­reer in the AHL, IHL, and ECHL.

He be­came an ex­cel­lent de­fen­sive player ex­celling as a shot­blocker and on the penalty kill, trav­el­ling to 16 dif­fer­ent teams in his il­lus­tri­ous play­ing ca­reer.

Re­tir­ing as an ac­tive player in 2008, Maclean im­me­di­ately stepped into the coach­ing ranks as an as­sis­tant coach of his former team the South Carolina Sting Rays of the ECHL un­der head coach Jared Bed­nar, presently head coach of Cole Har­bour’s Nathan Mack­in­non and the Col­orado Avalanche.

When Bed­nar stepped up to the NHL, Maclean took over as coach of the Sting Rays for 200910 and 2010-11 and was run­nerup for the Antigonish na­tive John Bro­phy Award as the ECHL Coach of the Year.

Maclean then joined the Calgary Flames or­ga­ni­za­tion as an as­sis­tant coach with Ab­bots­ford in the AHL for two years un­der coach Troy Ward. He took a hia­tus from the pro­fes­sional ranks for two years while coach­ing in pri­vate school and hockey schools in New Eng­land, Florida, and South Carolina.

Maclean re­turned to the Flames or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2015-16 for a two-year stint as coach and di­rec­tor of hockey oper­a­tions for their Adiron­dack Thun­der of the ECHL.

Last year he moved up to the Flames AHL af­fil­i­ate the Stock­ton Heat un­der coach Ryan Huska. Huska has just moved up as an as­sis­tant coach with the NHL Flames for 2018-19 with Maclean just an­nounced as his suc­ces­sor in Cal­i­for­nia.

Maclean will once more be us­ing all the knowl­edge he has gained dur­ing the past 36 years as a player and coach to in­still in his charges the abil­i­ties they hope to carry them to the ‘Show.’ Maclean is a ‘play­ers coach’ and a tremen­dous hockey clin­i­cian, both of which will be ben­e­fi­cial for all this com­ing sea­son

Mid­dle­to­ni­ans and many oth­ers from through­out Nova Sco­tia and else­where will be cheer­ing for Maclean this com­ing hockey sea­son in the far off climes of Cal­i­for­nia.

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