Local product gets BCHL coaching gig

After retiring from professional hockey, Dustin Donaghy is getting behind the bench of the Nanaimo Clippers as an assistant coach.

Cranbrook product Dustin Donaghy has gotten into the coaching game as an assistant bench boss with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL.

Cranbrook product Dustin Donaghy has gotten into the coaching game as an assistant bench boss with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL.

Nanaimo, B.C. – Nanaimo Clippers Head Coach Mike Vandekamp announced today that Dustin Donaghy has been named Assistant Coach. Donaghy joins Head Coach Mike Vandekamp’s staff alongside Strength and Conditioning Coach Clayton Smith and Trainer Rhett White.

Donaghy had a five-year professional playing career.  He spent three years in the WHL playing for the Spokane Chiefs, where he won a league title and a Memorial Cup in 2008, and then went on to play for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Donaghy grew up playing minor hockey in Cranbrook before embarking on his junior career, starting with the Kimberley Dynamiters for one season in the KIJHL. He stepped up to the BCHL for one season with the Penticton Vees before graduating to the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs.

He capped off his major-junior career in Lethbridge after a mid-season trade before  turning pro with the Allen Americans of the CHL. He remained in the league, playing for the Witchita Thunder for three and a half seasons.

As for coaching, Donaghy was the U18 Prep Assistant Coach for Compete Hockey Academy in 2014-2015 and then went onto become the Head Coach for the U16 Varsity team for Coeur d’ Alene Hockey Academy in 2015.

Donaghy not only brings years of playing experience at the pro-level but brings great coaching experience at the U18 and U16 levels.

Donaghy is currently residing in Spokane, Washington.