The San José State Spartans hockey club has found their next head coach.
Kyle McLaren has been named the new head coach, replacing Mike Janda who left for the NAHL Chippewa Steel in April.
McLaren is the seventh head coach in the 30-year history of SJSU Spartan hockey.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to coach. I look forward to the challenges and competing with other teams,” McLaren said.
After the 2020-21 season was canceled due to the coronavirus, McLaren and the Spartans have work to do before the 2021-22 season begins.
The 43-year old McLaren is from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada. McLaren was the 9th overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft and played defense for the Boston Bruins from 1995-2002 before playing for the San Jose Sharks from 2002-2009.
McLaren has five years of coaching experience to his resume at the 15AAA and 18AAA levels with the San Jose Jr. Sharks.
“I want to make sure players play the right way and that we are doing the best we can with what we have,” McLaren said. “I want the tenacity of the Carolina Hurricanes, speed of the Colorado Avalanche and the puck possession of the Vegas Golden Knights.”