“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.”
Hartley, a native of Hawkesbury, Ontario, brings a wealth of experience and winning to the Flames having coached the Colorado Avalanche for five seasons, during which they won the 2001 Stanley Cup, and also coached the Atlanta Thrashers for parts of five seasons. In addition to his most recent Swiss League title, he led the Hershey Bears to the 1997 Calder Cup and also has Junior A and Major Junior championship rings among his accomplishments.
Hey he won a Cup with a roster that had Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Ray Bourque, and Patrick Roy on it? Whoa. I'm sure glad Calgary has pieces like tho-- ... oh.
But hey, suck it Montreal amirite or amirite? Hartley was in year one of his two year deal with the ZSC Lions, and only had the chance for an out if it was Calgary, Montreal, or Quebec City (??) calling. Apparently Calgary got permission from the Lions to talk to him last night, and he got hired this morning.
Three year deal. Hartley's assistant with the Lions, Jacques Cloutier, is coming over as well.
My thoughts are best summed up by this wonderful post on Calgary Puck:
Bob Hartley is the best option for the Calgary Flames for what we're currently doing.
However, what we're doing is currently stupid.
But we'll see. Alex Tanguay is probably still doing backflips, though.
The thing that pisses me off the most about this is I WAS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SADDLEDOME ALL FUCKING DAY AND I DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT THIS UNTIL I GOT HOME WHAT THE HELL MAN.
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