Cory Clouston (born September 19, 1969 in Viking, Alberta, Canada) is an ice hockey coach who is currently serving as head coach of the Kölner Haie of the DEL.
He has previously served as head coach of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Prince Albert Raiders, the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Cory played hockey for the University's Golden Bears team and he was a member of the 1991–92 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship squad.
Coaching Career[edit | edit source]
Cory's first coaching position was as an assistant coach with the Powell River Paper Kings of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League in 1994-95. He then served as general manager and head coach of the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
During his tenure with the Storm, the team compiled a .627 winning percentage (143-82-15) and he was named AJHL coach of the year in 1995-96.
Cory joined the staff of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 1999 as an assistant coach.
In the summer of 2002, he was elevated to the head coach position of the Ice, which he held for five years compiling a .655 winning percentage (209–110–20–21). The club's best season under his leadership was 2004–05 when the club made it to the Western Conference final.
Cory also served as a coach for Hockey Canada during his junior hockey coaching years, as assistant coach for the national under-18 2005 Junior World Cup gold medalists and the head coach for the 2006 team that also took home gold.
Cory joined the professional team coaching ranks in 2007 when he joined the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was elevated to the head coaching position with the Ottawa Senators on February 2, 2009, following the firing of Craig Hartsburg.
Though initially named interim head coach in Ottawa, Cory's early success was rewarded and the club signed him to a two-year contract extension on April 8, 2009. He was the eighth person to hold the head coach position in modern Senators' history.
With Ottawa, Cory had attempted to change the Senators' game plan to be more of an attacking one, creating turnovers and generating offense as opposed to the defence-first system which Hartsburg had attempted to utilize.
He coached the Senators to a somewhat successful 2009-10 season, finishing with 44 wins and 94 points and a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The team ultimately lost in the first round to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A disappointing 2010-11 season saw Ottawa, beset by injuries to key players Daniel Alfredsson & Jason Spezza and erratic goaltending, languish in last place of the Eastern Conference standings for several weeks.
General Manager Bryan Murray (ice hockey) made a flurry of midseason trades and promoted many minor leaguers for tryouts. The Senators fared better as the season wound down, but they finished out of the playoffs. He was relieved of his duties by GM Bryan Murray on April 9, 2011.
On June 14, 2011, the Senators announced former Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean as Cory's successor.
On August 3, 2011, Cory was named Head Coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings, replacing Kelly McCrimmon, who stepped aside to focus on his duties as GM.
On May 15, 2012, it was announced that he would not return as head coach of the Wheat Kings.
From June 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014, he served as head coach of the Prince Albert Raiders. His record as the Raiders' coach was 41-41-3-2.
On January 21, 2016, Cory was named head coach of Kölner Haie in the German DEL. He signed a deal for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, replacing Niklas Sundblad and led the Haie squad to a playoff semifinal appearance.
In April of 2016, he signed a new deal with Kölner Haie for the 2016-17 season.
Coaching Record[edit | edit source]
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|OTT||2008-09||19||11||4||.633||4th in Northeast Division||-||-||Failed to Qualify|
|OTT||2009-10||44||32||6||.578||2nd in Northeast Division||2||4||Lost in First Round|
|OTT||2010-11||32||40||10||.444||5th in Northeast Division||-||-||Failed to Qualify|
|2||4||0 Stanley Cups|
Accolades[edit | edit source]
- 1996: Alberta Junior Hockey League coach of the year
- 2005: Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy (WHL coach of the year)
- 2005: Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award (CHL coach of the year)
- 2007: Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy