Glasgow Clan have hired experienced Canadian Malcolm Cameron as head coach and head of hockey operations.
The 51-year-old spent two decades coaching in the East Coast Hockey League, where he has overseen the fifth-most games of all time.
Cameron was most recently with Gyergyoi Hoki Club in Romania.
His appointment will reassure fans amid uncertainty over the club’s future at the Braehead Arena with the new season looming.
“The style of the league appealed to me,” Cameron told BBC Scotland.
“It’s a very similar style of hockey. I know the fans like a rough, physical and aggressive game over there. I like the challenge and it’s one that appealed to me because of that play.
“With my name and being from Nova Scotia, it was a really appealing thing. This has been a childhood dream of mine to cover over to Scotland, now I have the chance to come over and build something special.”
Cameron, who has Scottish ancestry, coached the Cincinnati Cyclones, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Texas Wildcatters, Florida Everblades, Elmira Jackals and Wichita Thunders in his homeland, amassing the fifth-highest number of wins in ECHL history.
He has also worked in Italy with SV Kaltern/Caldaro, and left his position in Romania earlier this year.
Clan have not played a match since 2020, with the Elite Ice Hockey League cancelled in March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The retail complex housing the rink is under new ownership after falling into financial difficulty last year, with Clan having made it their “immediate priority” to become the arena’s new operating company.
After months of talks, a deal has yet to be struck.