Kamloops Blazers hand GM duties to head coach Shaun Clouston

Clouston new Blazers GM

The Kamloops Blazers didn't have to look very far to find their new general manager.

Shaun Clouston was promoted Tuesday to head coach/general manager of the Western Hockey League club, while longtime staffer Tim O’Donovan was named assistant GM.

“After a thorough process of interviewing both external and internal candidates for the vacant general manager position, we concluded that the solutions were already within the organization,” Blazers majority owner Tom Gaglardi said in a news release announcing the promotions.

“As such, we have asked Shaun Clouston to assume GM duties for the hockey club. He will be well supported by others as he takes on greater responsibility. Given Shaun’s past accomplishments and resume, we have no doubt he will be successful.”

Clouston has led the Blazers to a 59-22-3-1 record over the last two seasons in 85 games. Prior to joining the Blue and Orange, he spent seven seasons as head coach and GM of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

“I want to thank Tom Gaglardi and the Blazers organization,” Clouston said.

“I am very honoured and grateful for the opportunity to lead this team.”

Clouston, who is from Viking, Alta., will replace Matt Bardsley, who announced he was leaving the club following the 2020-2021 WHL season.

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