The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Derek Clancey as Professional Scout and David McNamara as Amateur Scout, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Clancey spent the 2006-07 season in the role of co-head coach with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL. Under his guidance, the club won the North Division title with a 37-26-2-7 regular season record and posted a 12-10 record in the playoffs, advancing to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals. Clancey spent the previous season as an assistant coach with the Manchester Monarchs, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. He was the head coach of the ECHL’s Reading Royals from 2003-05, leading the team to the playoffs in both seasons and earning the best record in team history (43-22-7) during the 2004-05 season.
Clancey also spent four seasons as head coach of the Jackson Bandits in the ECHL. He led the team to the postseason three times and compiled a 143-111-32 record in the regular season. His overall coaching record in the ECHL stands at 260-184-52.
Prior to his coaching career, Clancey played professionally for eight seasons, including seven in the ECHL. On three separate occasions, he finished second in the league for assists during the regular season. At the time of his retirement as a player in 1999, Clancey was the ECHL all-time assist leader (367) and ranked seventh on the all-time points list (524). He still holds the ECHL record for most assists in one game (seven).
McNamara spent the 2006-07 season as a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He began his scouting career in 1997 as a member of the Anaheim Ducks staff. McNamara also spent three seasons with the Boston Bruins and four seasons with the New York Islanders.
McNamara is one of three brothers who hold a position in professional hockey. His brother, John, is a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, while another brother, Bob, is the general manager for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). McNamara’s father, Gerry, is the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1982-87. Gerry was also a goaltender for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL for two seasons (1955-56, 1961-62).
McNamara resides in Mississauga, Ontario with his wife, Mickey, two sons, J.D. and Andrew, and daughter, Katherine.