Glasgow Clan have appointed a new coach in experienced Canadian Malcolm Cameron.
The 51-year-old fills the role which was vacated in April 2020, previously held by Zack Fitzgerald weeks after the coronavirus shutdown.
And Gareth Chalmers, the Clan’s Chief Operating Officer, says his previous experience was key to the decision, revealing there was sizeable interest in the role.
“We’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking at almost thirty different candidates for the role,” Chalmers said.
“With the anticipated exciting new developments at the club, it was imperative we were able to appoint someone who would bring head coaching experience as well as having carried out a previous hockey operations role off the ice.
“His coaching experience and record was obviously key in the decision making, however his invaluable recruiting experience, extensive contacts and connection to Scotland were fundamental in the decision making process.
“After interviewing a number of candidates all with very impressive backgrounds and experience, we felt Malcolm was the best person for the position.
“Malcolm is extremely excited to becoming to Scotland and joining the Clan, we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Glasgow for an exciting new period for everyone associated with the club.”
It remains to be seen what sort of squad Clan can put together and where they’ll stand in the odds, while in Cameron’s native Canada betting on the popular national sport received a boost with the legalisation of single event sports betting this summer
The club are still in the midst of negotiation with asset management firm, Global Mutual, over the operation of Braehead Arena following the collapse of Intu last year.
Clan have teased there have been positive discussions, but full details have yet to be disclosed about the detail of how they’ll take over the venue, which has been their home since 2010.
It’s the first real sign they are on the verge of returning, between the uncertainty over their home and the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the league shutting down in March 2020.
For Cameron, who has Scottish ancestry, he joins from Romania side Gyergyói, where he coached until earlier this year and is the fifth highest in games coached and wins in the East Coast Hockey League.