It is official, Ryane Clowe has been announced as the first head coach of the Newfoundland Growlers.
Fermeuse native and former NHL power forward Ryane Clowe is taking on a new challenge in his hockey career, this time as the lead bench boss.
— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyVOCM) July 3, 2018
The 6’2 winger played 11 seasons in the NHL, split between the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. Clowe spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Devils.
He says it was a tough decision to leave what was a good situation in Jersey, but he believes this was the best opportunity to begin his head coaching career.
Clowe says the team wants to get off to a good start this season to keep excitement levels high around the city.
He says no one is more excited than him that he’s back in Newfoundland – except maybe his mother.
Now that the coach is officially on board, the Growlers say they will look to start signing some players in the coming weeks. When asked about adding local talent, Clowe said they have their eye on some, but he kept a tight lip on any names.