The Rayside-Balfour Canadians boosted their experience behind the bench on Wednesday, naming Dave Clancy as an associate coach.
He’ll work alongside head coach Vagelli Sakellaris, assistant/goalie coach Eric Navarro and skills coach Bobby Chaumont during the 2021-22 NOJHL season.
“It doesn’t happen very often when a team has the ability to add an accomplished and decorated coach with Dave’s resume,” Canadians general manager Jeff Forsyth said in a release. “We feel that we have put an exclamation mark on our coaching staff for the ’21-22 season. Vagelli and Dave have worked together in the past, and are very familiar with each other’s coaching styles, which will serve our players with a first-class experience.”
Clancy, 58, brings more than 20 years of coaching experience, including stints with U15 NOHA teams, NOJHL teams and Laurentian University men’s hockey teams.
The Sudbury native served as assistant coach of the Sudbury Junior Wolves when the franchise won the NOJHL championship in 2006. He head coach of the Junior Wolves squad that won a league title under current Rayside owner Mark Burgess in 2008.
Clancy served as an assistant coach for the Laurentian hockey team from 2013 to 2016, alongside newly named Sudbury Wolves bench boss Craig Duncanson.
Clancy was named NOJHL coach of the year in 2019-20 after leading the Espanola Express to their best regular-season record in franchise history. Prior to that, he served as head coach and GM of the Canadians from 2016 to 2018.
“I’m extremely excited to join this organization and have the opportunity to work with this group of people that are dedicated in bringing a championship to this community,” Clancy added. “After seeing what the players went through last season, I’m looking forward to returning to a new normal that will allow the players to play the game that they love. I also look forward to working with our players on their development as junior hockey players.”
“Dave is a very knowledgeable coach who brings a lot of experience from both the NOJHL and university hockey ranks,” Sakellaris added. “Dave is technically sound in the modern game and he will be an extremely valuable asset to our program this season.”
Clancy will make his debut as associate coach when the Canadians host the Espanola Express to open the season on Sept. 16. Game time is set for 7 p.m.