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Derek Clancey Elected to the ECHL Hall of Fame

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Penguins director of player personnel Derek Clancey was elected to the ECHL Hall of Fame in its Class of 2020, it was announced by the ECHL on Monday morning.

Joining Clancey in the Class of 2020 are Jared Bednar, Dany Bousquet and Glen Metropolit. The four will formally be inducted at the ECHL Hall of Fame ceremony on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic. 

Clancey, 50, is in his 13th season in the Penguins' organization, and first as director of player personnel. He previously spent the last nine seasons as the team's director of professional scouting and the three years prior to that as a pro scout. A three-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh (2009, '16, '17), Clancey was a vital member of the decision-making team that brought in Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz during the '09 Cup run, as well as veterans Matt Cullen, Trevor Daley, Carl Hagelin, Justin Schultz and Ron Hainsey during the back-to-back championship runs in '16 and '17. 

The St. John's, Newfoundland native appeared in 391 career ECHL games, totaling 524 points (157G-367A) over eight seasons with Winston-Salem, Erie, Toledo, Columbus and Chesapeake. Clancey is tied for seventh in league history in assists and ranks 23rd all-time in points. 

Following a successful playing career, Clancey broke into the coaching ranks with the Jackson Bandits of the ECHL beginning with the 1998-99 season. He would go on to compile a 180-136-42 record in six seasons with Jackson and the Reading Royals, advancing to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in every season.

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