Behind the ECHL Benches – Malcolm Cameron, Wichita Thunder

Malcolm Cameron enters his first season as head coach for Wichita after being named to the position on May 20, 2016.  He returns to the pro ranks after spending three seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.


The Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia native boasts an impressive coaching resume. Cameron spent eight seasons as a head coach in the ECHL with Cincinnati, Long Beach, Texas, Florida and Elmira. His teams reached 40 or more wins in four of those eight seasons and qualified for the playoffs seven times, advancing past the first round in each of their seven appearances. Other highlights of his ECHL tenure include three All-Star game appearances and a runner-up for Coach of the Year three times. Cameron led two ECHL teams to significant turnarounds, which rank seventh and eighth-best for improving a team from one year to the next in ECHL history. Cameron took over as the bench boss of the Texas Wildcatters in 2006-07 and led them to a 41-22-9 record and 46-point improvement. In 2004-05, he took over as head coach for the Long Beach Ice Dogs and guided them to a 43-20-9 record and a 44-point improvement. In 2007-08, he set an ECHL record for fewest regulation losses in a season, going 52-9-11 and recorded 115 points, which is tied for second-most in league history.


After leaving Elmira in 2010-11, Cameron joined Regina as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He was promoted to head coach the following year, winning the WHL’s East Division regular season title with a record of 39-26-4-3. Cameron returns to the ECHL looking to improve on his outstanding numbers all-time. He is tied for eighth in wins (317), 10th in games coached in league history (555), 12th in playoff wins (34), and ninth in playoff games coached (68).


After a five-year playing career, Cameron joined the coaching ranks as an assistant with the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the WPHL. Cameron and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Brett and Logan.


Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms. W L T Gms. W L
2002-03 Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) 72 3629715 9 6
2003-04Columbus (UHL)3419114
2003-04Corpus Christi (CHL)2910190
2004-05 Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL) 72 43 209 734
2005-06Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL) 72 36 27 9734
2006-07 Texas Wildcatters (ECHL) 72 412291055
2007-08 Texas Wildcatters (ECHL) 72 52911954
2008-09 Florida Everblades (ECHL) 72 491751165
2009-10Florida Everblades (ECHL) 7238259 936
2010-11 Elmira Jackals (ECHL)5222237
2013-14Regina (WHL)7239267404
ECHL Totals55531717266683434