Former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk was hired by the Calgary Flames as goalie coach on Friday, June 17, 2011. He had spent 10 seasons as a player with Quebec, Washington and Buffalo, from 1981 to 1992.
Malarchuk was last the goalie coach with the Atlanta Thrashers and had previously worked for the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets.
While with Florida, Malarchuk helped Roberto Luongo reach his first All-Star Game in 2003-04. He also helped Steve Mason win the Calder Trophy, while simulatenously leading the Blue Jackets to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2008-09.
Malarchuk joined the Blue Jackets as goaltending coach in August 2006 after spending three seasons in the same capacity with the Florida Panthers organization. From 2002-04, he worked with then-Panthers goaltender Luongo, who set an NHL record for saves in a season (2,303) and was a finalist in voting for the Vezina Memorial Trophy in 2003-04. He spent 2004-05 as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Rampage, Florida's American Hockey League affiliate.
Malarchuk played 10 seasons in the NHL and compiled a 141-130-45 record with a 3.47 goals-against average (GAA), .885 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 338 games with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. He was the Nordiques' third pick, 74th overall in the 1981 Entry Draft. His best NHL season was 1985-86 when he compiled a 26-12-4 mark, 3.21 GAA and four shutouts in 46 games with Quebec. He also had 20 wins for Washington in 1987-88, going 24-20-4 with a 3.16 GAA and four shutouts in 54 outings.
A native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Malarchuk also played in the AHL and International Hockey League during his 14-year career and won the AHL's Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against) with Fredericton teammate Brian Ford in 1982-83 and the IHL's James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against) with San Diego teammate Rick Knickle in 1992-93.
Following his playing career, Malarchuk spent three seasons as an assistant general manager with the Thunder before being named the club's head coach late in the 1997-98 season. His coaching experience also includes serving as a head coach with the Idaho Steelheads of the West Coast Hockey League and as a goaltending coach with the WHL's Prince George Cougars.
Malarchuk and his wife, Joanie, reside on a ranch outside Garnerville, Nevada. He is the father of three children Kelli, Jed and Dallyn.