MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League announced that Reading Royals head coach Derek Clancey has been hired as an assistant coach. Reading is the ECHL affiliate of Manchester of the AHL and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
The longest-tenured coach in team history, Clancey has led the Royals to back-to-back appearances in the Kelly Cup Playoffs after Reading failed to advance to the postseason in its first two seasons.
In 2004-05, the Royals were 43-22-7 to capture their first-ever regular season division title while setting team records for wins, road wins (18) and points (93). In 2003-04, the Royals finished 37-25-10 and advanced to the postseason as the fifth seed. After beating Johnstown, Reading upset Wheeling, which finished second in the league with 106 points, in the division semifinals and then beat Peoria to advance to the conference finals where it came within one goal of beating Florida to reach the Kelly Cup Finals.
The 36-year-old Clancey was head coach and director of hockey operations for Jackson (Mississippi) of the ECHL from 1999 until the team ceased operations in 2003. Clancey was the most successful coach in team history with a 143-111-32 record in the regular season and three straight appearances in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Prior to stepping behind the Jackson bench, Clancey was a player/assistant coach with Chesapeake in the ECHL and led the team in scoring each of his two seasons, including a team record 77 assists and 105 points in 1998-99. He retired at the end of 1998-99 as the ECHL career assist leader and currently ranks sixth with 367 career assists.