Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flames Hire New Head Coach

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.



Anonymous said...

Great! Now Feaster just needs to work on his human shield technique to keep Ownership and Ken King out of Hartley's face. Bench who needs benching, and if someone (not naming any names) doesn't want to practise, bench them no matter who they are. Or trade them. This could be an interesting draft deadline for the Flames.

75flyersbestteamever said...

Curious to hear (if it ever surfaces) the truth about John Davidson from St. Louis getting involved with the Flames-lots of talk earlier in week in C-Town.
I think Feaster summed it up nicely when the question came about having to fire Hartley one day (FYI Hartley is Godfather to one of Feasters kids)he said "if it comes to having to fire him we both can help each other pack."