The Calgary Flames have hired Bob Hartley as their new head coach.
He just won the championship with the ZSC Lions of Switzerland's National League A and was rumored to be a front-runner for the head coaching job of the Montreal Canadiens, but the Flames secured his expertise for their organization. "Bob Hartley is a winner. Bob has won at every level he has coached, from the QMJHL to the AHL to the NHL to Switzerland, and we are confident he is going to continue his winning ways in Calgary," said Flames GM Jay Feaster. "He is a tireless worker, an outstanding motivator, a great bench boss and game strategist; and a teacher at heart. Moreover, he is a great person as well. We look forward to Bob and his wife Micheline joining the Flames family, and to Bob taking our hockey club to the next level." He was behind the bench for the Colorado Avalanche for five seasons, including when the club won the 2001 Stanley Cup, and also coached the Atlanta Thrashers for parts of five seasons.
Thu, May 31, 2012 12:57:00 PM