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Behind The Bench: Stockton Heat

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


Ryan Huska joined the Flames organization on June 23, 2014, when he was named Adirondack's head coach. In his first season in the AHL, Huska coached his squad to a 35-33-8 record and helped 13 players earn NHL call-ups.

Prior to joining Adirondack, Huska spent 12 seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. He served as an assistant coach for five seasons, and helped lead Kelowna to a Memorial Cup title in 2004. After being promoted to the club's head coach in 2007, he led his team to a WHL Championship title in 2009.

In his final season with the Rockets, the Cranbrook, BC native guided Kelowna to a division championship with a 57-11-0-4 record -- setting a new franchise record with 57 wins.

In his seven seasons as head coach, Kelowna did not finish below .500.

Huska played for the Kamloops Blazers during his junior career and was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round (No. 76) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He played over 300 professional games in the AHL and the IHL with Indianapolis, Lowell and Springfield.


Todd Gill was named the assistant coach of the Adirondack Flames on July 28, 2014 and helped Huska lead the team to a 35-33-8 record in 2014-15. He is primarily responsible for working with the club's defencemen.

The Brockville, ON native's first head coaching gig came in his hometown, coaching the Braves of the Central Canada Hockey League for five seasons (2006-11). He was hired as the Kingston Frontenacs head coach in 2011 and spent three seasons with the organization.

Gill also has international coaching experience as he was the assistant coach for Team Canada, who captured the bronze medal at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship, and then was the head coach for the U18 team that won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in 2012.

He also played 1,007 regular season games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks. Gill has 103 Stanley Cup Playoff games on his resume, too, coming with Toronto, St. Louis, and Detroit.

He was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the second round (No. 25) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.


The 2015-16 season marks Domenic Pittis' first as the franchise's assistant coach. He previously served as the Calgary Flames skills and development coach for the past two seasons.

Pittis, a Calgary, AB native, played professional hockey for 19 seasons after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (No. 52) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He played 86 games in the NHL, dressing for the Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, and Nashville Predators. Pittis also played 309 games in the AHL, winning the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL’s leading scorer in 1999 when he recorded 104 points with Rochester Americans.


Scott Gouthro got his start in the professional ranks in 2014-15 when he joined the Adirondack Flames.

Prior to signing on with the organization, he spent nine years with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was Cape Breton's assistant goalie coach and video coach for a short stint before becoming the team's primary goalie and video coach in 2007.

In addition to his work in the AHL and QMJHL, Gouthro has worked with Canada’s sledge hockey team at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, and has also been involved with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.

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