Former Alberta Golden Bear Cory Clouston has been rewarded with a two-year deal to stay on as the head coach of Ottawa Senators. Clouston, who spent four seasons at the U of A and was a part of the Bears' 1992 national championship team, has guided the Sens to an impressive 19-10-3 mark since Craig Hartsburg was fired earlier in the season.
The Sens have flourished under Clouston's more offensive style, and thanks to the team's great improvement Clouston will start next season without the interim tag.
After his four years at the U of A, Clouston spent time in both the BCHL and AJHL as first an assistant in Powell River of the BCHL, and then in the AJHL as head coach and GM of Grand Prairie. Clouston then joined the Kootenay Ice of the WHL as an assistant coach for the 1999-2000 season under then head coach Ryan McGill. After two seasons as an assistant, Clouston took over the head coaching position - a job he held for five seasons before joining the Sens organization as its AHL head coach in Binghamton.
Clouston is a major part of the Sens' late season reurgence, and should help the team return to the playoffs for the '09-'10 season. His ability to turn the struggling Sens in the right direction might have saved his GM Bryan Murray's job in the process.