Espanola Express has made the right move with the hiring of Dave Clancy as head coach, the president and general manager of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team told Hockey News North.
Chad Clarke, one of the co-founders of the Express, which joined the NOJHL as an expansion team in 2015, recently finalized a deal to bring Clancy to Espanola.
“We are excited to get a guy with the high level experience and track record of success that Coach Clancy will bring to our organization,” Clarke told Hockey News North. “I feel Coach Clancy will be a great addition to our program, strengthening in a big way our recruiting, on ice structure and overall dressing room culture.
“I cannot say enough good things about Coach Clancy on and off the ice. Our hockey philosophies are very similar and I do not doubt this is a very positive step in the right direction,” Clarke summed up.
The affable Clancy boards the Express and takes over from fellow NOJHL veteran Tom McCarthy as the new bench boss 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.
The no-nonsense 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.
Clancy has had championship success in the NOJHL as coach and general manager of the erstwhile Sudbury Junior Wolves. He 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.
PHOTO: Dave Clancy directs a practice during his time as head coach of the NOJHL’s Rayside-Balfour Canadians. (Photo by Postmedia.)