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The SJHL's Kindersley Klippers saw a big change to their coaching staff this season with the hiring of Clayton Jardine.
The Kindersley Klippers have found their replacement just two days after Geoff Grimwood stepped down from the GM/Head Coach position.
The Kindersley Klippers announced that Clayton Jardine will take over active duties as General Manager/Head Coach of the team for the 2018-19 season. Jardine served as the Klippers Assistant Coach in a previous season and has an excellent hockey background.
Clayton had an outstanding junior career with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He played in two Royal Bank Cup National Championship tournaments, won one AJHL Championship, and one Doyle Cup. He completed his career as Captain with the Kodiaks to an RBC Semi-Finals appearance.
Jardine continued his outstanding hockey career by playing 4 years with The Merrimack Warriors of the NCAA.
Jardine decided to move into the coaching aspect of the game after college and was the Assistant Coach of the Klippers for the 2015-16 season. After one season behind the Klippers bench, Jardine moved back south of the border as he accepted an Assistant Coach position with the NCAA Division III New England College Pilgrims and has been there for 2 seasons.
Klippers President Brett Sautner believes Jardine will allow the Klippers to not miss a beat.
"It's nice to have someone that we trust and is familiar with the organization and can pick up where Geoff left off. We're not looking torebuild here, I think over the next couple of years we think we can really run for a championship. Anybody that knows him knows he works hard, and will do a good job. It will be a good fit."
Alongside Clayton Jardine, Assistant Coach Larry Wintoneak will return to the team this upcoming season.