Date: July 12, 2006
CALGARY FLAMES NAME JIM PLAYFAIR HEAD COACH
DARRYL SUTTER COMMITS FOCUS TO GENERAL MANAGER POSITION
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today Jim Playfair will be taking over the head coaching duties of the Calgary Flames Hockey Club becoming the 12th Head Coach in Calgary's history and the 14th in Flames franchise history.
"I consider Jim Playfair as one of the top young coaches in our league today with more experience than the majority of that group," said Sutter. "Jim has won at every level, both as a player and a coach, he is well prepared and well deserving of this opportunity. To be able to have young head coaches like Jim Playfair and Ryan McGill within our organization is significant."
"I'm looking forward to this opportunity to continue to build and improve on the team's identity as the Head Coach," added Playfair. "My focus has been to become a head coach in this league and it's an honour to do it within the Flames organization and the city of Calgary."
Playfair was originally named Assistant Coach with the Flames on January 3, 2003. During his time as an assistant, the Flames posted a 105-73-25-4 record and a 18-15 post season record.
Playfair was named head coach of the Saint John Flames on August 10, 2000 and spent three seasons with Calgary's primary development club of the American Hockey League. During the 2000-01 season, his first behind the bench in Saint John, Playfair led the Flames to their first AHL Calder Cup championship and was named minor professional coach of the year by The Hockey News. Over the course of his tenure, Saint John posted an 83-77-22-10 record.
Prior to joining the Flames organization, Playfair was the head coach of the Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League. He served as an assistant coach with the K-Wings for three seasons before being named head coach on January 25, 2000. His other head coaching experience includes three seasons as bench boss of the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League.
The 42-year old native of Fort St. James, BC played nine seasons of professional hockey including 21 games in the NHL with Edmonton and Chicago. Playfair was Edmonton's first choice, 20th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He captained the Indianapolis Ice (IHL) to the 1990 Turner Cup championship but was forced to retire from playing due to a retina injury suffered during the 1991-92 campaign. As a junior, Playfair performed with the Portland Winterhawks for two seasons capturing a Memorial Cup in 1983 before concluding his junior career as a member of the Calgary Wranglers in 1984.
CALGARY FLAMES COACHING HISTORY
July 12, 2006-----------
Dec. 28, 2002-July 12, 2006210107731515.581331815.545
Mar. 14, 2001-Dec. 3, 20021214256176.442----
2000/01-Mar. 14, 2001682328134.463----
1997/98 to 1999/0024687117*375*.439----
1979/80 to 1981/822401039344-.521231013.435
Dec. 3, 2002-Dec. 27, 2002+114520.455----
*1999-00 stats have been adjusted to correspond with current standings (OTL)
+Interim Head Coach
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