Date of Birth: 1969
Place of Birth: St. John’s, Nfld.
Inducted: 2017 (Athlete/Builder Category)
In the long and storied history of Newfoundland hockey, there is not a single individual who can match Clancey’s record for on-ice play coupled with his rise within the front office of pro hockey’s ranks.
A St. John’s native, Clancey is currently in his seventh season as the Director of Pro Scouting for the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following a university career that produced an MVP award and league scoring title with UPEI, Clancey turned pro and played seven seasons in the East Coast Hockey League, twice finishing fourth in the league’s scoring race with 109 and 105 points. At the time of his retirement as a player in 1999, he was the ECHL’s all-time assist leader (367) and ranked seventh on the all-time points list (524).
Following his playing career, Clancey coached for seven years in the ECHL and American Hockey League (he is the all-time coaching wins leader for the Chesapeake/Jackson ECHL franchise.)
Clancey switched gears in 2007 and was hired as a Pittsburgh pro scout, a job he held for two years until then-Penguins general manager Ray Shero promoted Clancey to director of pro scouting. It’s a title he still holds today, coordinating the team’s pro scouting efforts in North America and Europe.
With two Stanley Cup rings with the Penguins, Clancey is the only Newfoundlander to win the Stanley Cup and prestigious Boyle Trophy.