Dean Clark became the ninth head coach in Prince George Cougars history on April 28, 2009. Coming into the 2009-10 WHL season, Clark ranked 12th all time in WHL coaching victories with 382 and in the top 25 in win percentage at 59.3%. Prior to arriving in Prince George, Clark was bench boss for the Calgary Hitmen (1996-2001), Brandon Wheat Kings (2001-2003) and the Kamloops Blazers (2003-2007). In 1998, Clark was named the CHL’s Coach of the Year and then led the Hitmen to the league’s best record in 1999, en route to the WHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup. On the international scene, Clark earned a bronze medal as an Assistant Coach for Canada’s World Junior Hockey squad in 2000. Clark also won a WHL championship as a player, helping the Kamloops Jr. Oilers to the 1984 title. In Kamloops, Clark played 129 games on the blue line in Kamloops, scoring 50 goals and 88 assists for 138 points, to go along with 160 penalty minutes. The Edmonton Oilers drafted Clark in the 8th round of the 1982 NHL entry draft and played one game for the Oilers during their first Stanley Cup season, 1983-84.
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