Claude Noel Named Head Coach
Of AHL’s Manitoba Moose

The Manitoba Moose, in conjunction with the Vancouver Canucks, today announced they have named Claude Noel as Head Coach of the Manitoba Moose.

The Victoria Salmon Kings are the ECHL affiliate for the Moose and Canucks. Former ECHL player and coach Keith McCambridge is the assistant coach of the Moose.

Noel, 54, becomes the sixth head coach in the 15-year history of the Manitoba Moose. Last year, the Kirkland Lake, ON native spent his third season with the Columbus Blue Jackets starting the season as an Assistant Coach before taking over from Ken Hitchcock as Head Coach on February 3, 2010. The Blue Jackets finished the season 10-8-6 under the guidance of Noel.

Noel made his coaching debut in the ECHL with the Roanoke Valley Rebels in 1990-91 and served as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the ECHL’s Dayton Bombers from 1991-93. In 2002-03, Noel was named ECHL Coach of the Year with the Toledo Storm before returning to Milwaukee as Head Coach prior to the 2003-04 season.