On Tuesday, Ryane Clowe was named assistant coach of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. While the winger had most recently played for the Devils and the New York Rangers, he’s best remembered for his seven seasons as a San Jose Shark. I’m thrilled that Clowe has found a new calling behind the bench. He was always beloved by Sharks fans for his gritty play and fearlessness, so it was heartbreaking to see multiple concussions halt his playing career so early. The Sharks honored Clowe with an alumni night last year, and anyone watching the pregame interviews saw how much he missed the game of hockey. I’m sure he’ll fit in well with John Hynes and the rest of the Devils’ staff. Plus, this won’t be Ryane Clowe’s first coaching stint. Bay Area sports fans will recall the 2012-13 NHL lockout and Clowe’s time with the short-lived but fondly remembered San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL:
Good luck, Clowie!