Bob Hartley, who was rumoured as a favorite to land the head coaching job with the Montreal Canadiens, will be named the new head coach of the Calgary Flames at a news conference today.
Hartley spent the 2011-12 season coaching the ZSC Lions in Zurich to the National A League Championship.
Having coached 651 career NHL games, Hartley brings a wealth of experience as well as a winning pedigree to the Flames bench. Hartley coached the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup in 2001, the first of four consecutive years that he would guide the Avalanche to the Western Conference Final.
Hartley also coached the Atlanta Thrashers for parts of five seasons between 2002 and 2008, guiding the franchise to its only playoff appearance in 2007. He was also a panelist on RDS before taking the coaching job in Zurich.
He was also present at the Memorial Cup as a volunteer advisor to Shawinigan Cataractes head coach Eric Veilleux. The Flames finished 37-29-16 last season and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.