Bulletin: Clouston Named Head Coach In Binghamton
Clouston, a native of Viking, Alta., has been head coach of the WHL’s Kooteney Ice for the past five seasons, earning a 0.637 winning percentage with 209 wins, 110 losses, 24 overtime losses and 15 shootout defeats over the span of 360 regular-season games. His teams made the playoffs in each season, advancing as far as the conference final in 2004-05.
For his 104-point season in 2004-05, notching 47 wins, 15 losses, seven in overtime and another three by shootout, Clouston was named both the WHL and Canadian Hockey League coach of the year.
Before his move to bench boss for the Ice, Clouston had served as assistant coach from 1999-2000 to 2001-02. Prior to joining the Ice, Clouston was the general manager and head coach of the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (1995-99). During his four-year stay in Grande Prairie, his team compiled a 0.627 winning percentage (143-82-15) and he was named AJHL coach of the year in 1995-96. He was also an assistant coach with the Powell River Paper Kings of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League in 1994-95.
Clouston has also participated in Hockey Canada’s national teams program, serving as assistant coach when Canada’s national under-18 squad won the 2005 U-18 Junior World Cup and then as head coach of the team that also took gold in 2006.
Clouston, 37, played four years at the University of Alberta and was a member of the 1991-92 Golden Bears team that won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey championship.
Newly named Ottawa Senators head coach John Paddock was Binghamton’s first head coach in 2002-03 and 2003-04. During the NHL lockout, Paddock served as co-head coach with Dave Cameron, who remained until the end of last season.
The B-Sens made the playoffs in their first three seasons since returning to the AHL, but have been kept out of post-season action the last two years.