By Brian Bowman
Former Selkirk Steelers' defenceman Keith McCambridge has been signed as an assistant coach with the Manitoba Moose.
McCambridge, who signed a two-year deal, plus a club option for the third, spent the past two seasons as head coach of the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
He led the Aces to an 86-50-8 record.
"I'm very excited to be part of an organization like the Moose," McCambridge said from his home in Alaska.
"This is a chance for myself to advance to the next level and it's something I've always wanted to do."
Last season, the Aces reached the Kelly Cup final, losing in Game 7 to the South Carolina Stingrays.
McCambridge, 35, also spent three seasons as a player/assistant coach with the Aces and one as an assistant under Davis Payne, now head coach of the Peoria Rivermen.
"I was also interested in the coaching side of things while I was playing, it's something I have a passion for," said McCambridge.
"As your career progresses and you play for different coaches, I always made notes and wrote about the positives and about some of the things I didn't like.
"I knew I wanted to teach the game of hockey. I definitely have aspirations of being a head coach, both in the American League and NHL levels. Right now, I'm just excited about the chance to be an assistant in Manitoba."
McCambridge played 12 seasons as a pro, including a three-game stint with the Moose in 1999-2000.
The former MJHLer played for the Steelers during the 1990-91 campaign.
He later went on to play with the WHL's Swift Current Broncos and Kamloops Blazers before turning pro.
The Thompson native was drafted by the Calgary Flames, in the eighth round, 201st overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
--With Winnipeg Sun files