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Flames fire head coach Bob Hartley
Wed, 04 May 2016 18:32:50 +0000
Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) - The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Bob Hartley, one season after he won the Jack Adams award as NHL coach of the year for leading the team to its first playoff berth since 2009.
"I want to thank Bob. Bob did some very good things here," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said.
"He built a foundation in this organization. And apart from all else, he put his heart and soul into this team every day. He bled for this team. And Bob is a good coach, so I want to thank him. It's a difficult day to get through this," he added
The Flames finished the season with a 35-40-7 record, fifth in the Pacific Division this season and 10 points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Last season, the Flames won a playoff series for the first time since 2004.
Hartley was 134-135-25 with the Flames. In 13 seasons as a coach with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers, Hartley is 463-361-59 with 61 ties in 944 games. He coached the Avalanche to the 2001 Stanley Cup.
Aside from Hartley, the Flames also fired associate coach Jacques Cloutier .
"This decision that I reached was not based solely on this season," Treliving said. "... It starts with myself. There is responsibility with the players and it goes through organizationally. Make no mistake, there is responsibility to bear outside of Bob."
Treliving said the process of finding a coach starts immediately.