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History

           

Braehead Clan began competitive Elite Ice Hockey League life on Saturday, September 18th 2010 when player-coach Bruce Richardson took his team for their first ever game at Dundee Stars, winning 5-3.

Two weeks later, the team were introduced to their home fans for the first time in a match with Newcastle Vipers that saw Richardson’s men prevail in a shootout victory.  From there a team was truly born.  Richardson led the team to the highest position of any Scottish team in Elite League history – fifth – but elimination from Nottingham Panthers in the quarter finals ended Clan’s hopes of play-off contention.

Clan’s coach resigned in the summer of 2011 and was replaced by former NHL man Drew Bannister, who gave a huge boost to the team by signing prolific Nottingham Panthers hitman Jade Galbraith.  While the club finished sixth and again went out of the play-offs at the quarter final stage to Panthers, Galbraith was the league’s Player of the Year after amassing 101 points.

Another change of coach saw fans’ favourite Jordan Krestanovich take over as the league changed to a new Conference format, with Braehead playing extra games against their Scottish rivals and Hull Stingrays.  However Krestanovich’s tenure proved difficult and he was replaced by Paul Gardner in January 2013 for the remainder of the season.  A slight improvement followed as Clan won the Gardiner Conference and the Challenge Cup semi finals, but play-off finals participation was denied by Cardiff Devils, who won over two legs in the quarter finals.

Ryan Finnerty, newly released by Sheffield Steelers, took over as head coach in April 2013 as Braehead began in a new direction with a multitude of changes on and off the ice, but undoubtedly with much more history to come.

That was certainly the case as the new coach stamped on the team to win the Aladdin Cup and take the team to a fifth place finish.

Even better was the club’s first ever foray to the play-off finals weekend in Nottingham as the Clan fans invaded the English city to support their team.

A narrow semi final loss to Sheffield Steelers was made up was made better by a third place play-off win over Fife Flyers, ending the season on a high.

Finnerty returned for phase two and despite the season ending in disappointment as the Clan missed out on the league title and the play-off finals.

However an amazing second place league finish was made better by the fact that we were about to embark on a European journey after qualifying for the Champions Hockey League.

Time for another journey to begin…