July 24,2014(ISN) – CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League,
announced Thursday that Shaun Clouston (Viking, Alta.), head coach and general
manager of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers, will serve as an assistant coach with
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial
Clouston replaces Eric Veilleux, who was announced as part of the staff on June 12,
but has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
In addition, Tim Speltz (Medicine Hat, Alta.), general manager of the WHL’s Spokane
Chiefs, will work with the Program of Excellence management group, replacing Mark
Hunter, who is unavailable for the tournament.
Clouston, 46, has been head coach in Medicine Hat for the last four seasons, and
general manager for the last two. He has been with the Tigers since the start of the
2003-04, serving as an assistant coach from 2003-10. Clouston’s coaching career
began in 1996, and has included stops as a head coach in Reno (WCHL), San Angelo
(WPHL), Tulsa (CHL) and Tri-City (WHL), and as an assistant in Portland (WHL).
As a player, Clouston was drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round (53rd
overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and played professionally in Milwaukee (IHL),
Cincinnati (ECHL) and Tulsa (CHL) after three WHL seasons with the Portland
Speltz, 56, has been the general manager in Spokane since 1990, and had led the
Chiefs to a pair of WHL championships and two Memorial Cup titles, in 1991 and 2008.
He was named WHL Executive of the Year in 1995-96 and 1999-2000.
Forty-four players will gather in Calgary for Canada’s National Men’s Summer
Under-18 Team selection camp Aug. 2-5 at the Markin MacPhail Centre, following which
22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial
Cup. Canada has won the annual summer tournament six years in a row and 16 of the
last 18 years.