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Newfoundland Growlers' Wednesday-night opponents were once guided by Derek Clancey of St. John's

Derek Clancey
Derek Clancey

St. John’s native Derek Clancey once had great success as head coach of the Reading Royals, who will be the Newfoundland Growlers’ opponents tonight for an ECHL game in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Clancey, the 49 -year-old director of professional scouting for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, was an ECHL scoring star before moving into the coaching ranks in the league, first with the Jackson Bandits and then for a couple of years with the Royals, leading Reading to its first-ever playoff appearance and winning a North Division title in 2004 and a divisional regular-season crown the following season.

At the time, the Royals were an affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, but have since been affiliated with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals and now, the Philadelphia Flyers.

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The Growlers are 3-3 through their first six games of their inaugural season, including 1-1 after two games of their current road trip. Reading is 2-0-2 heading into the teams’ first-ever meeting.

Game time is 8:30 p.m. NT.

Growlers’ broadcaster Chris Ballard’s call of the action can be accessed online using the streaming platform Mixlr at mixlr.com/NLGrowlers.

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