Ken McPhalen has agreed to terms with the Clippers management to continue as the Assistant Coach/Goaltender Coach for the 2020-2021 season. Ken has been behind the Clippers’ bench since the 2017-2018 season and is an instrumental part of the team’s recent success on and off the ice. He has been part of the coaching staff with Darren Naylor, Head Coach and General Manager, since Naylor took over the helm of the Clippers in 2017.
McPhalen had previously worked under Darren Naylor at the Delta Ice Hawks of the PJHL (Junior B) for two seasons. He has also been the goaltending coach for a number of top-end goalies, including Jordan Naylor, for many years under the Goalie Whisper program.
Darren Naylor commented, “Ken has been a key part of my coaching staff for five years transitioning from Junior B to Junior A. He is willing to take on and accept new roles. Loyalty is his middle name. He’s very organized and efficient which helps me run our program. He’s good at organizing and running the community programs such as youth hockey. I’m excited to have Ken continue in his role at the Clippers indefinitely.”
Wes Mussio pointed out, “extending Ken’s contract was a no-brainer for the team. He is very organized and is able to transition into new roles quite easily such as video review this year. The fact that we have two of the top three goaltenders in the entire BCHL this year says a lot on how good Ken is with the players in terms of developing them for the next level. I’m happy that Ken wants to make Nanaimo his long-term home.”
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