Top coaching role

FORFAR man Barry Carnegie has been appointed as Bench Coach at Dundee CCS Stars for the 2011/12 season.

In his previous role as head coach for the Dundee Comets’ he led the team to the Scottish National League title, the Spring Cup and the Scottish Cup during the 2010/11 season.

Over the course of the last season, which happened to be his rookie year, his efforts were monitored by Stars’ head coach Dan Ceman and the Canadian was quick to promote him to the senior side.

Carnegie was a relative latecomer to ice hockey and only started playing at the age of 16 years. He started his career with Perth Juniors before playing recreational hockey with several Dundee teams. In 2006 he joined Dundee Tigers before moving onto Stars where he spent two years under Roger Hunt then Paul Berrington.

He also played Roller Hockey and represented both Scotland and Great Britain at u21 and senior level.

Carnegie said: “I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity after the exciting year I had with Comets. I am committed to all of the home games and will take in as many away matches that my schedule allows.

“I think it is important that I get as much experience as possible to see the opposing teams play on their home ice and I will be another set of eyes and ears for Dan and Brent (Hughes).

“Several of the Comets’ players played up for the Stars last season and did a great job for the club. This opportunity will help provide the continuity and support to the young players as they progress through the junior system to elite level ice hockey and therefore make it easier to fit into the Stars’ set up when called upon.”

Stars’ Dan Ceman added: “I was very impressed in my dealings with Barry last year. He has a good hockey mind and will be a calming influence on the bench.

“What I liked most of all was that he genuinely cares about the team and his players. We are very focused on developing all of our young players and Barry provides us a direct link to these future stars.”