The ECHL has announced that former Reading Royals Head Coach Derek Clancey (2003-05) has been named an inductee to the 2020 ECHL Hall of Fame. Clancey joins Jared Bednar, Dany Bousquet and Glen Metropolit in the Class of 2020. Clancey is in his 13th season with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and was promoted to the club’s director of player personnel this offseason.
Clancey will be formally inducted on Tues., Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Wichita, Kansas as part of the 2020 Warrior Hockey/ECHL All Star Classic presented by Toyota.
Clancey need to know
Royals Head Coach from 2003-05, led the Royals to their first two postseason appearances, including a run to the Northern Conference Finals in 2004 in Reading’s first-ever Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance.
Total coaching record in Reading: 80-47-17 for a .615 winning percentage, the best of any Reading Head Coach ever.
Won Stanley Cup three times as member of the Penguins front office; 2009, 2016 and 2017.
Played professionally for the Columbus Chill. The Chill moved to Reading for the 2001-02 season and became the Royals.
The 2003-04 Royals team coached by Clancey holds the record for the most consecutive games (23) without a regulation loss at Santander Arena. From Nov. 14, 2003 – Feb. 24, 2004, the Royals went 20-0-3 in games at Santander Arena.
391-game professional career in the ECHL, totaling 524 points (157-367a) over eight seasons with Winston-Salem, Erie, Toledo, Columbus and Chesapeake. He is tied for seventh in league history in assists while ranking 23rd in all-time points. He is tied for the most assists in a single game in ECHL history, recording seven helpers for Columbus on Jan. 13, 1996 against Johnstown.
Made playoffs every season as a Head Coach in the ECHL (1998-2005 with Reading and Jackson).
From Commissioner Ryan Crelin
“This is a really special class of inductees that have dedicated their life to hockey and made their mark on the ECHL. This 13th induction class embodies the role of our League in the development of hockey talent.”
About the Royals
The Royals are in their 19th ECHL season and are proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs 14 times, and are four-time division champions. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena and the Santander Arena Performing Arts Center.
Listen to all Royals broadcasts at Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or by downloading the Mixlr App from the App Store or Google Play. All Royals away games are broadcasted on BCTV (Ch. 15 Comcast, Ch. 19 Service Electric) and Mixlr.