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Keith McCambridge with Manitoba Moose at practice.


playing. How hockey and systems worked, while still ad- dressing day to day operations. “I had the opportunity to play and coach under a lot of


great coaches over the years, which really helped me to grow as a coach.” McCambridge says his goal from day one has been to be-


come a coach at the NHL level. Te previous four Manito- ba head coaches have all made the jump immediately after their time with the Moose. “Management has done a great job of watching us and


staying in contact. It’s great when we’re in their backyard.” McCambridge knows that being an AHL coach means that your roster can change on the spur of the moment if the NHL club has a need. While it makes his job a little bit tougher to deal with last minute changes, seeing his players get the call to the NHL brings him great joy. “We’re extremely happy that they’ve developed enough to


get that call. Tere’s a huge pride factor amongst the as- sistants and myself when one of our guys gets called up to the NHL. When (current Moose captain) John Albert was called up in December of 2013, and scored in his first NHL


game, I cheered so loud I may have woken up my son.” McCambridge says seeing players get the call is akin to a father’s feeling of pride, and the team family always remains a high priority for the coach. His wife is from Selkirk; his moth- er lives in St. Andrews and the family had kept a summer home in Winnipeg throughout their time living in St. John’s. While going home was easy, there were some hard parts too. “I found out I was going to be the Moose head coach on


Mar. 12. I’ll always remember that because one of my kids was celebrating a birthday that day. It’s tough leaving a community that you’ve become engrained in, but knowing you’re going home makes it much easier.” McCambridge looks back fondly on his years growing up in Manitoba. “When I think of hockey in Manitoba, and all the time I’ve spent playing here, it’s neat to come back and see all the old rinks and arenas. It’s rare to have coaches and management from the same province, and we have three with Heisinger, assistant coach Rick St. Croix and myself. “I’m proud to coach here and realize first hand what it means to give back to hockey in Manitoba.”


History of pro hockey in Winnipeg 1972 Winnipeg Jets join the World Hockey Association (WHA)


1979 Jets join National Hockey League (NHL) after WHA folds 1996 Winnipeg Jets leave to become Phoenix Coyotes


1996 Minnesota Moose relocate to become Manitoba Moose in International Hockey League (IHL)


2001 IHL folds, Moose join American Hockey League (AHL) and become affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks


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2011 Atlanta Thrashers of NHL bought and moved to Winnipeg. Team called the Jets


2011 Manitoba Moose relocate and become St. John’s IceCaps, becoming the affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets


2015 Jets ownership starts up new Manitoba Moose team, which become the Jets’ AHL affiliate. IceCaps become the affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.


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