BRAEHEAD Clan are searching for a new coach after Drew Bannister quit to take up a role at Canadian side Owen Sound Attack.
Bannister, gaffer at the Clan last season, accepted the job as assistant coach at Dale DeGray’s Ontario Hockey League side despite confirming just a fortnight ago that he would be back at Braehead for a second term.
Bannister, right, will now relocate to his native Canada with his wife and daughter.
He said: “My family and I are extremely excited about this opportunity. I cannot wait to help develop kids into hockey players.”
DeGray admitted that Bannister was always his number one choice, and said: “We were looking for somebody who played defence – someone with a knowledge of the position.”
Financial terms have not been released but it’s believed Bannister has signed a two-year deal.
DeGray interviewed the top seven candidates for the job by phone, then narrowed it down to four face-to-face meetings.
Bannister, 38, has a wealth of playing experience, including an 18-year pro career and four years in the Ontario Hockey League.
He won three straight league titles and earned a gold medal with Canada’s junior team in 1994.
Last season, Clan finished mid-table in the Elite League and clinched a play-off place.