By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
Malcolm Cameron has finally found a home.
A real home.
For the first time in his ECHL coaching career, Cameron — who turns 39 Saturday — doesn’t have to worry about arena leases. He doesn’t have to worry about his team’s finances or where or if it will play next season.
After putting together four straight winning campaigns between Long Beach and Texas — two franchises that no longer exist in those locations — Cameron is now with the Florida Everblades, one of the premier franchises in the ECHL. Cameron, who guided Texas to a 115-point season in 2007-08, was named the new Florida coach May 30.
“Obviously, I haven’t had the best of luck with teams and their longevity,” Cameron told NHL.com. “I come out to Long Beach at the tail end of a topsy-turvy, 10-year run. And then, I come into the Wildcatters and the last two years of their lease. This franchise isn’t going anywhere, and (Everblades President/GM) Craig Brush continues to strive for excellence in making this the premier franchise in the league.
“It’s a pretty good job, that’s for sure. It’s been a great organization for 10 years. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Cameron has big shoes to fill behind the Florida bench as he replaces Gerry Fleming, who was named assistant coach of the Springfield Falcons in the American Hockey League earlier this summer. During Fleming’s tenure — which lasted seven seasons — the Everblades never won fewer than 35 games. They also made two trips to the Kelly Cup Finals.