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Hartford Wolf Pack coach fired after two seasons in position

Hartford Wolf Pack coach fired after two seasons in position
Keith McCambridge, left, bumps fists with Josh Wesley, 22, the son of former Whaler Glen Wesley during a practice in March. McCambridge was fired as the Hartford Wolf Pack's coach, the team announced Monday. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

Keith McCambridge was fired as coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team announced Monday.

McCambridge was relieved of his duties after two seasons as head coach and a season as an assistant coach. He led the Wolf Pack to a 29-36-7-4 record in 2018-19, with the team finishing last in the Atlantic Division and toward the bottom of the league. He was 34-33-6-3 the season before.

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Prior to arriving in Hartford, McCambridge coached the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL affiliate for five seasons before being fired. He became the sixth head coach of the Wolf Pack in June 2017. McCambridge initially joined the New York Rangers organization three years ago, first serving as a Wolf Pack assistant coach under Ken Gernander, who was fired after McCamridge’s first season in Hartford.

McCambridge was tasked with improving the youth of an organization that has struggled to make the playoffs in recent years.

“For me, I was excited about the chance to work for an original six [NHL] organization,” McCambridge said when he was hired. “The nature of the business of being a head coach is to understand that there is turnover there. It’s part of what you sign up for as coach.”

McCambridge also coached the Alaska Aces in the ECHL, the St. John’s IceCaps and the Manitoba Moose.

Before his coaching career, McCambridge was a pro for 11 seasons. His career started in the 1995-96 season and ended after the 2005-06 season, totaling 378 career AHL games, 83 IHL games and 166 ECHL games.

The organization declined an option for next season for assistant coach Joe Mormina, who was also with the Wolf Pack for two seasons.

Kelli Stacy can be reached at kstacy@courant.com.

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