Dave Cameron and Mark Reeds
have gone from battling for the Ontario Hockey League title to joining forces behind the bench with the Ottawa Senators
The Senators announced Thursday that Cameron, who guided the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to the OHL's top regular-season record, and Reeds, whose Owen Sound Attack won the OHL's playoff championship, will serve as assistant coaches under new bench boss Paul MacLean
Cameron, 52, took over a struggling Majors franchise four years ago and built it into an OHL powerhouse that posted a league-leading 53-13-2 record in 2010-11 and rolled through the playoffs until falling to the Attack in a seven-game final. The Majors also hosted the Memorial Cup and reached the championship game before falling to the top-ranked Saint John Sea Dogs.
Cameron also coached Team Canada's silver-medal winning entry at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship and was an assistant on the staff of the Canadian team that won the 2009 tournament in Ottawa. The native of Kinkora, P.E.I., directed Canada to a gold medal at the 2004 Under-18 Junior World Cup. Cameron also previously coached the Senators' AHL farm team in Binghamton for three seasons.
Reeds, 51, was named the OHL's coach of the year after guiding the Attack to the top mark in the Western Conference (46-17-5) and the playoff crown in his fourth season behind the Owen Sound bench. The Attack were eliminated in the Memorial Cup tiebreaker game by the Kootenay Ice.
Previously, the Toronto native spent 11 seasons as a bench boss in the minor pro ranks with the ECHL's Peoria Rivermen and the United Hockey League's Missouri River Otters and Kalamazoo Wings. He was a three-time UHL coach of the year -- including 2005-06, when the Wings won the Colonial Cup as playoff champions.
Both are former NHL players -- Cameron with the Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils
from 1981-84, and Reeds with the St. Louis Blues
and Hartford Whalers from 1981-89.
Former NHL defenseman Luke Richardson
will remain as a part-time assistant, while Rick Wamsley returns for a second season as the organization's goaltending coach. Video coach Tim Pattyson and conditioning coach Chris Schwarz round out the staff.