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by Paul on 05/31/12 at 01:54 PM ET
via Renaud P. Lavoie tweets,
Bob Hartley is the new head coach of the Flames.
Hartley was in Calgary since Monday. His Zurich team and the Flames agreed on a compensation for his release.
added 11:56am, from TSN,
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.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Bob Hartley as head coach. Hartley joins the Flames following a championship season with the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A.
“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 General Manager 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.”
“First I would like to thank Jay Feaster and the Calgary Flames for having the confidence to provide me with the opportunity to coach again in the NHL,” said Hartley. “I would also like to express my appreciation to the ZSC Lions for the tremendous experience of coaching and living in Switzerland; and also complying with my wishes to depart their organization for the Calgary Flames. It’s great to return to the League in a city, a community and an organization that has such an outstanding reputation and passion for hockey and success. I look forward to assuming my position and starting the preparation process for the 2012-13 season.”
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