NHL.com will periodically be doing a series called "Five Questions With …," a Q&A with some of the key movers and shakers in the game today aimed at gaining some insight into their lives and careers.
This edition features Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley:
One thing for certain is the Calgary Flames hired a coach over the summer who knows what winning feels like. That's step one for a team that hasn't made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009.
Bob Hartley has four championship rings with four different teams in four different leagues.
Hartley's crowning achievement was winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, but he also led Laval to a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title in 1993, the Hershey Bears to the Calder Cup in 1997, and last season went to Switzerland to guide the Zurich Lions to the Swiss National League A title.
"Coaching NHL hockey, it's quite a privilege. I worked eight years in a factory and now I have nine years coaching the world's greatest hockey players, and I don't think you can shut the door on that." -- Bob Hartley
Oh yeah, Hartley also won four straight Northwest Division titles with the Avalanche from 1999-2002 and led the Atlanta Thrashers to the Southeast Division title and their lone playoff appearance in 2007.
Hartley is a winner, and his goal is to bring a championship to Calgary.
Before he gets that chance, he spoke with NHL.com to talk about why he went to Zurich and what he learned there, his coaching style, his desire to be back in the NHL and the challenge ahead of him with the Flames.