The Calgary Flames have announced the following additions to the hockey operations department for the upcoming 2021-22 season:
Pro Scout - Derek Clancey was most recently Pittsburgh's Director of Player Personnel for 14 seasons during which time the Penguins captured three Stanley Cups. Clancey played professionally for 10 years in the ECHL and another 10 seasons of coaching prior to assuming a role in player personnel.
Amateur Scouts - New to the Flames amateur scouting staff are David Akerblom (Sweden), Jason Taylor (Bellingham, Washington) and Trevor Hanson (Massachusetts). Akerbolm joins the scouting staff following a successful period as head coach with the J20 program in Brynas, Sweden. Taylor played professionally for ten seasons before joining Newport Sports Management where he worked for the past 18 years in recruitment including 29 first-round NHL picks and over 140 signed players. Hanson has 10 years of NHL scouting experience, most recently as Montreal's scout in the New England region.
Director of Player Development - Ray Edwards returns to his role in player development following his assistant coaching duties in Calgary the previous two seasons. Edwards originally joined the Flames staff in a player development role at the start of the 2015-16 season. Prior to that, Edwards was a head coach in the AHL and the ECHL since 1998.
Development Coach - Martin Gelinas joins the development team after spending the past 9 years behind the Flames bench as assistant coach. Prior to re-joining the Flames as a coach in 2012, Gelinas was the Director of Player Development for the Nashville Predators. He brings 1273 NHL games of playing experience as well as four trips to the Stanley Cup Finals (1990 Stanley Cup Champion) to his mentorship role with the Flames young prospects.
Skating Coach - Danielle Fujita joins the player development staff on a full-time basis following the past three seasons of part-time work in player development. Fujita has over 30 years of experience training players at all levels including the NHL, AHL, and WHL. She was most recently the Power Skating coach for Edge School.
Data and Video Analysis
Video Analyst - Connor Rankin, a former member of the Calgary Hitmen played 5 seasons in the WHL before completing his accounting degree at Mount Royal University. He will assume the full-time role of Video Analyst after 5 seasons in that role on a part-time basis.
Quantitative Analyst - Michael Charron joins the Flames as Quantitative Analyst after 2 and half seasons in that role part-time. He previously worked 11 years in investment banking.