CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that Cail MacLean has been named Assistant Coach for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.
"I’m both pleased and excited to welcome Cail MacLean to our Abbotsford coaching staff," said Heat Head Coach Troy Ward. "Cail has been a head coach for the last two years and now brings that experience to Abbotsford. He is a quality person with strong communication skills and is someone who is very familiar with the teaching methods of our developmental system."
MacLean, a native of Middleton, Nova Scotia joins Troy Ward’s staff after spending the last two seasons as the Head Coach and General Manager of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. In 144 games, Cail earned a record of 78 wins and 48 losses with 18 overtime losses and was runner-up for the John Brophy Coaching Award in 2009-10 and was an assistant coach with the Stringrays when they won the 2009 Kelly Cup Championship.
"I am honored to join the Calgary Flames and Abbotsford Heat organizations," said MacLean. "I have great respect for Troy Ward’s leadership abilities and I am very excited to work with him. This is an excellent opportunity to work with first class organizations and quality people."
After a four year junior career with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) MacLean signed his first professional contract with the Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL) in 1997. He played two partial seasons with Jacksonville, while also playing games in the AHL and the IHL. After signing with the Trenton Titans (ECHL) in 1999, MacLean spent most of the remainder of his career with the ECHL and signed with the Reading Royals in 2004. He signed with the South Carolina Stingrays in 2005, and was named team captain a year later. MacLean’s professional playing career spanned 11 seasons and finished up his final three seasons playing for the Stingrays before joining the coaching ranks.