Cory Clouston leaves Kamloops Blazers, keeps door open for future coaching opportunities

He stepped down from his position as associate coach on Wednesday, noting the decision is based on his desire to spend more time with his daughter

Cory Clouston will not be behind the Kamloops Blazers' bench during the 2021-2022 WHL campaign.

He stepped down from his position as associate coach on Wednesday, noting the decision is based on his desire to spend more time with his daughter.

The Blazers will announce Clouston's replacement on Thursday at a 10 a.m. press conference.

Clouston, whose brother, Shaun Clouston, is general manager and head coach of the Blazers, said he does not have another coaching job lined up for this season.

"It's not an easy decision, but it was an easy decision," said Clouston, who joined the Blazers in October of 2019 and helped the club to back-to-back B.C. Division championships.

"To leave an organization that's done a lot of good work in the last few years and has a great future wasn't easy. But, in saying that, for me to focus on my daughter is a very easy decision."

Clouston, whose family is based in Cranbrook, is not closing the door on coaching in the future.

"I don't ever want to say never," said Clouston, a former head coach in the NHL, AHL and WHL.

"I'm not going to close the door on any of that. As of right now, it's the right time for me to not coach."

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