At last, positive news for suffering Thunder fans: I spoke with Kevin McClelland tonight, and he said he is interested in the vacant job in Wichita. McClelland, who played on four Stanley Cup champions and is a proven winner in the CHL, would be a great get for Thunder general manager Joel Lomurno.
“I'd say if Kevin is interested, we are more than interested," Lomurno said. "Obviously, he would be a huge asset for this organization.”
Lomurno said he plans to contact McClelland this week. If I’m Lomurno, that contact would happen sooner rather than later. Hiring McClelland would surely satisfy a fan base that has grown impatient and frustrated, with good reason.
McClelland was a policeman on the ice for the Edmonton Oilers’ 1980s dynasty, and he was known as a fearless, physical winger. He has guided CHL teams to the playoffs for four straight seasons, including in Colorado the past two seasons. The Eagles were swept by Bossier-Shreveport this season — an unacceptable result for the league power — so Chris Stewart returned as head coach.
Check out tomorrow’s paper for a full story, with more quotes from Lomurno and comments from McClelland.