HARTFORD, CT – Keith McCambridge has been named head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack. The announcement was made by New York Rangers General Manger Jeff Gorton on Monday. McCambridge will be the sixth different head coach in franchise history for the Wolf Pack.
The 43-year old was an assistant coach during the 2016-17 campaign after joining the New York Rangers organization last August. McCambridge was head coach for five years with the St. John’s Ice Caps and the Manitoba Moose as part of the Winnipeg Jets affiliation from 2011-16.
During his first year as head coach, he led the Ice Caps to first place in the Atlantic Division and a visit to the Eastern Conference Finals. McCambridge and the Ice Caps headed to the Calder Cup finals during the 2013-14 season and were defeated by the Texas Stars in five games.
He was with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL from 2003-09. In his first three years with the team, he served as player/assistant coach. He finished is professional playing career after the 2005-06 year, moving behind the bench as an assistant coach the following season. In 2007, he became the team’s head coach, accumulating an 86-50-8 record and taking the Aces deep into the Kelly Cup playoffs in his two seasons behind the bench.
McCambridge played professional hockey for 11 years from 1995-2006 with four different stops in the AHL, including the Saint John Flames, Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros, and Cleveland Barons. The only team he played for in the ECHL was the Alaska Aces. He logged time in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder, Long Beach Ice Dogs, and Manitoba Moose.
The Wolf Pack will have their 2017-18 home opener on Friday night October 6th at the XL Center.