Cory Clouston joins brother Shaun on Kamloops Blazers' bench; no timeline for Sydor, says Bardsley

The brothers Clouston have the reins.

Cory Clouston has joined the Kamloops Blazers as an interim assistant coach, news announced in a club press release on Monday.

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Shaun Clouston, Cory’s older brother, is the Blazers’ head coach.

“There weren’t a lot of options, trying to find somebody that has good qualifications, but is also available at this time of year,” Blazers’ general manager Matt Bardsley told KTW on Tuesday.

“We discussed Cory. I wanted to make sure Shaun was comfortable, with this being a unique situation with a brother being with him. In this situation, he was comfortable with it.”

Darryl Sydor, the Blazers’ associate coach, is on a personal leave of absence from the team that began on Oct. 11.

Bardsley was asked on Tuesday if there are any updates on a timeline for Sydor’s return.

“Nothing right now,” Bardsley said. “He’s just taking some time away, allowing him to do what he needs to do, and we’ll go from there.”

How long Cory Clouston remains on the Blazers’ bench remains to be seen.

“That’s strictly interim,” Bardsley said. “He knows that. He’s just coming in and helping. We haven’t really discussed too much of that.

“It was important we get somebody that can come in on a full-time basis. Our support staff, as far as coaches, they are part-time. They all have their jobs, as well.”

Cory Clouston was an assistant coach for the Kootenay Ice for three seasons, winning WHL championships in 2000 and 2002 and a Memorial Cup in 2002.

He was head coach of the Ice from 2002 to 2007 and was named WHL coach of the year in 2005 and 2007.

Clouston jumped to the American Hockey League to take over as head coach of the Binghamton Senators from 2007 to 2009.

He was head coach of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators from 2009 to 2011.

Clouston left the pro ranks to become head coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings during the 2011-2012 campaign and was head coach of the Prince Albert Raiders from 2013 to 2015.

He was head coach for Kolner Hale in the Deutschen Eishockey Liga, the top German pro league, from 2015 to 2018.

"We think it's a good fit," Bardsley said.

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