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Clouston brings winning from out west

Wednesday, 08.08.2007 / 9:00 AM / Features
By Staff Writer
Newly-appointed Binghamton Senators head coach Cory Clauston, middle, is joined by Ottawa's director of hockey operations Brent Flahr, left, and assistant general manager Tim Murray.
Cory Clouston comes from a winning background.

As the new coach of the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators, he’s hoping to bring winning to the forefront.

“Those are your two main goals: to develop players and to win hockey games,” Clouston says in a recent phone interview from British Columbia — from where he’ll pack up and make the cross-country trek to New York State.

Winning is something the 37-year-old native of Viking, Alta., the small town that brought hockey the Sutter clan, is familiar with.

He spent the past five seasons, making the playoffs every year, as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice, where he compiled a record of 209-110-24-15 in 360 games for an impressive winning percentage of .637.

He was twice named the WHL’s coach of the season, first in 2005, when he was also named the Canadian Hockey League’s coach of the year, and most recently this past season, when the Ice went 49-17-3-3.

When former Binghamton coach Dave Cameron returned to the junior ranks with the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, Clouston sought the Binghamton job and new Ottawa assistant general manager Tim Murray called and asked him if he’d be interested in assuming the AHL team’s reins as the third coach in the team’s history. Newly appointed Ottawa coach John Paddock also coached the AHL club.

In Binghamton, Clouston will be charged with the task of stabilizing a team that’s missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

The Senators went 23-48-4-5 this past season in the Eastern Conference’s East Division and finished last overall among the AHL’s 27 teams.

Clouston says that winning breeds good habits and it’s those traits he’ll be looking to instill in Binghamton.

He’s already familiar with a few of his possible charges. He’ll reunite with his former Kootenay goaltender Jeff Glass and he coached against a couple of other Senators players, defencemen Matt Kinch and Lawrence Nycholat, in the Western league.

With Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena the site of this coming seasons AHL all-star activities, it’ll be a special year in Binghamton and Clouston is looking forward to the new challenge.

“You’re still working on the same type of things (as in junior), but obviously you’re working with a more mature hockey player and that’s a benefit,” says Clouston, who himself spent four years as a player with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. “You’re trying to build a complete hockey player.”

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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