Veteran coach, general manager and scout Dave Clancy is returning to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as the new bench boss of the Espanola Express, Hockey News North has confirmed.
The no-nonsense, albeit affable Clancy boards the Express and takes over from fellow NOJHL veteran Tom McCarthy as the new head coach in Espanola.
Under McCarthy, the Express finished last overall in the 12-team NOJHL in 2017-2018 and missed the playoffs for a second successive season.
Clancy, who most-recently coached in the NOJHL for the Rayside-Balfour Canadians over parts of the past two seasons, brings a tidy and impressive resume to Espanola.
He has had championship success in the NOJHL as coach and general manager of the erstwhile Sudbury Junior Wolves. Clancy has also coached the Laurentian Voyageurs of Ontario University Athletics.
Known as a trustworthy, honest individual, Clancy also has a scouting past as a regional scout with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.