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Hockey world reacts to passing of Wayne Fleming

Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 6:44 PM / News

By John Kreiser - Columnist

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Hockey world reacts to passing of Wayne Fleming
Many players and coaches took to Twitter to express their reaction to the passing of longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming Tuesday.

The death of longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming, who passed Monday at age 62 after battling brain cancer, has sparked numerous condolences and reminiscences from some of the players he coached and the people he worked with during more than 30 years in hockey.

Fleming's last position was as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning, helping to develop the team that came within a goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, when he first left the team to battle his illness.

Several Lightning players were among those who took to Twitter to share their feelings.

Lightning players weren't the only ones with fond memories of Fleming. Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner, who was with the team during Fleming's one season there, said he was fortunate to have been able to work with him.

Eric Nystrom, now with the Dallas Stars, also said Fleming aided in his development.

Players weren't the only ones tweeting their condolences. Calgary Flames president and CEO Ken King expressed his feelings via the team's Twitter site.

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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

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