The Adirondack Thunder announced Cail MacLean as the franchise’s first head coach on Thursday.
The 38-year-old MacLean has two years of head coaching experience with the South Carolina Stingrays from 2009-11, where he led the ‘Rays to back-t0-back berths in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and amassed a 78-48-18 regular-season record. MacLean’s tenure included a 41 win season in 2009-10, where the Stingrays’ 94 points were tied for the second most in the league. He also finished runner-up for the Coach of the Year award that season.
From the low country of South Carolina, MacLean spent two seasons spent as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat from 2011-2013. As a member of Troy Ward’s staff, MacLean helped guide the Heat to a 76-58-7-11 record, including participation in the second round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Under MacLean’s tutelage, the Heat ranked sixth in goals against in both 2011-12 and 2012-13. With Abbotsford, MacLean worked with current Calgary Flames T.J. Brodie, Lance Bouma, Paul Byron and Michael Ferland.
“This is a special opportunity and I am eager to join President Brian Petrovek and the rest of the Thunder team in building a first-class ECHL organization,” MacLean said. “I would like to thank Brad Pascall and the Calgary Flames organization for the trust they have placed in me. I am honored to help continue the excellent tradition of professional hockey in the Adirondack region and our family is excited to become part of the Glens Falls community.”
Over his career, MacLean captained three teams, lead his team in goals on three occasions (Jacksonville 1997-98, 98-99 and Trenton, 1999-00) and scoring once (Jacksonville, 1997-98). The winger finished his playing career with 44 AHL points (21G, 23A = 44pts), 439 ECHL points (224G, 215A = 439pts).
“We’re excited for our fans and for the entire community to have a person of Cail’s character and experience lead our players on and off the ice,” Adirondack Thunder President Brian Petrovek said. “His detail driven approach to coaching and his passion for the game will compliment his deep hockey knowledge and commitment to high standards.”