A former draft pick of the Calgary Flames, Keith McCambridge became the first head coach in St. John's IceCaps history last season. In his first season behind the bench, McCambridge led the IceCaps to an Atlantic Division title in 2011-12 with a 43-25-5-3 record and guided his squad to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the eventual Calder Cup champions, the Norfolk Admirals. the first-year AHL coach was also selected as bench boss for the Eastern Conference All-Stars for finishing with the best record in teh conference as of the league's predetermined cut-off date.
Prior to joining the IceCaps, McCambridge served as assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose where he worked with current Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. McCambridge helped lead the Moose to the North Division Final in 2011 in which they lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs in seven games.
Before coaching with the Moose in 2009, McCambridge guided the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) to the third round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2007-08, and led the Aces to the finals in 2008-09 before being eliminated by the South Carolina Stingrays. McCambridge won the Kelly Cup in 2006 as a playing coach with the Aces, defeating the Gwinnett Gladiators in five games.
McCambridge's professional playing career spanned 11 seasons and included stints in the AHL (Saint John Flames, Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros and Cleveland Barons), IHL (Las Vegas Thunder, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Manitoba Moose) and ECHL (Alaska Aces). In addition, McCambridge spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos and Kamloops Blazers.