WICHITA, Kan. – For the third time since Steven Brothers Sports Management took over ownership of the Wichita Thunder, the organization will be looking for a head coach.
The team announced on Wednesday that Malcolm Cameron will not be back for a fourth season on the Wichita Thunder bench.
“I want to thank Malcolm for his hard work and dedication to the organization over the last three seasons,” stated Thunder General Manager Joel Lomurno. “Malcolm and I met a few times over the last few weeks and taking his thoughts into consideration we both agreed that it was best for us to go in a new direction.”
Cameron came to Wichita following the 2015-16 season which saw the team win just 18 games. Cameron went to work immediately after, securing the franchise’s first NHL/AHL player affiliation, but the results on-ice and with the affiliate were poor, with the team winning just 21 games that year.
Soon after that season concluded, the Thunder switched player affiliations from Ottawa to Edmonton. During the 2017-18 season, the second under Cameron’s direction, the Thunder got off to their best 20-game start to a season, sporting a record of 16-2-2, before going 18-28-4-2 and barely qualifying for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The struggles from the middle part of the 2017-18 season carried into this most recent season, with the Thunder going 21-44-6-1 and finishing fifth in the Mountain Division, in what Cameron said was “one of his deepest teams ever.” The Thunder saw their goals for per game fall by a half-goal, while the goals against per game rose a half-goal.
“After three years with the Thunder, I decided that I was ready for a new and different challenge,” said Cameron. “I’m very appreciative of the experience both myself and my family had here. I’d like to thank the staff, booster club, ownership and fans for the support they showed the team.”
Cameron finishes his tenure with the Thunder with an 84-105-21-6 regular season record and a 2-4 record in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
No timetable has been given for when the next Thunder head coach will be announced.
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