Date: July 12, 2006
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today Wayne Fleming has been named assistant coach of the hockey club.
"Wayne is a proven international pro coach who is coming off three Olympic Games and a World Cup," said Sutter. "He brings tremendous experience and is a good compliment to our current coaching staff."
"This is an exciting time for me joining the Flames organization," said Fleming. "I'm proud to join Jim Playfair and the rest of the coaching staff as well as two great hockey individuals in Ken King and Darryl Sutter. In this game winning is everything and there is no question the commitment of the Flames is winning the Stanley Cup."
Fleming joins the Flames after three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was named to the Flyers coaching staff on May 30, 2002. Philadelphia posted a 130-67-39-10 during Fleming's time with the club.
Fleming was named associate coach for Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. He served as the Vice President of Hockey and Head Coach for the National Men's Team for the Canadian Hockey Association. In his role, he served as head coach of the Canadian National Men's Team at the 2001 and the 2002 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship Tournament. Fleming also served as an associate coach for Canada's Men's Olympic Hockey Team which captured the gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In addition to his international coaching experience, the 56 year-old Fleming served as an Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes during the 1999-00 season and with the New York Islanders for two seasons (1997-98 and 1998-99). Prior to joining the Islanders, he coached Kloten in the Swiss Elite League and Landshut of the German League during the 1996-97 season. Prior to this Fleming spent four seasons coaching Leksand in the Swedish Elite League (1992-93 through 1995-95).
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fleming served as an assistant coach and General Manager of the Canadian National Olympic Program for two years (1990 to 1992) and was a member of the coaching staff that led the Canadian National Men's Team to a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.
Fleming was the head coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons for nine seasons (1980-81 through 1986-87, 1988-89 and 1989-90). He led the Bisons to two Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships (1983-84 and 1984-85) and won the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Coach of the Year for the 1984-85 season. His coach record at the University of Manitoba is 140-78-14 in 232 regular season games for a .634 winning percentage.
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