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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Almost four months after Fleming lost his lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 62, the sizable crowd on hand at C.O.P.’s Markin MacPhail Centre to salute Fleming was treated to plenty of stories of a man who touched so many on his winding hockey trail.
A teammate from his Swiss playing days revealed Fleming’s favourite food earned him the nickname “Pudding,” setting the tone for two hours of positive reflection dotted with plenty of healing laughter.
Nashville Predators coach Trotz referred to the man who got him into coaching as his “mentor, father figure and moral compass as a coach.” Quinn credited associate coach Fleming for all the gameplans at the 2002 Salt Lake Games at which Canada won its first Olympic gold in 50 years. He also recalled “Flemmer” taking advantage of a typically lengthy Hitchcock media briefing by switching the sweatsuits of Hitch and fellow assistant Jacques Martin.
As former players and colleagues of Fleming’s attested, the native of Snowflake, Man., who started his career at the University of Manitoba, would stop at nothing to do whatever he could to make his troops as comfortable as possible going into battle.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
A bizarre power struggle continues to unfold in the KHL between Omsk management and head coach Wayne Fleming.
Fleming, who was (according to russiatoday.com) reportedly fired in-game this week, met with Omsk general manager Anatoli Bardin on Saturday and was told he hadn’t been fired even though Bardin asked Fleming not to coach the third period of game on Thursday night.
“I guess they didn’t fire me,” Fleming said. “But I told him at the time, if I’m not coaching the third period obviously I’m fired.”
Fleming says he didn’t return for the final period, changed his clothes and left the arena under the assumption his KHL days were over.
from the Calgary Flames,
Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that the organization has accepted the resignation of assistant coach Wayne Fleming.
Fleming will assume the head coach position with Omsk of the Russian Continental Hockey League.
“We have great respect for the work Wayne did with us and appreciate his contributions,” said Sutter. “We understand that the opportunity to be the head coach of a significant team such as this represents the very best opportunity for him and his career at this time.”