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Flames sign head coach Bob Hartley to multi-year contract extension

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

– The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed head coach Bob Hartley to a multi-year contract extension.

Hartley was originally named head coach of the Flames on May 31, 2012. He has guided the Flames to a 71-79-13 record during the past three seasons and earned his 400th career win on December 4th, 2014 over Colorado. The Flames currently hold a 17-14-2 record for 36 points and are 5th place in the Pacific Division, 9th in the Western Conference and 15th overall in League standings.


Hartley began his coaching career with the Junior A team in his hometown of Hawkesbury, ON. After guiding the club to two championships, he was named head coach of the Laval Titan of the QMJHL. Over two seasons with the Titan he compiled an 81–52–7 record, a league championship and an appearance in the 1993 Memorial Cup. Hartley’s junior success was rewarded when the Quebec Nordiques hired him as an assistant coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Cornwall Aces. It only took a single season before he took the reins as head coach in 1994, guiding the Aces to two division titles during the team's three year history.

When the Nordiques relocated to Colorado, Hartley became the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Once again, his tenure with the Bears was a success as he guided the team to four consecutive playoff appearances and a Calder Cup title in 1997. A season later, Hartley was hired as the Colorado Avalanche bench boss. During his five seasons, the Avalanche won four division titles and made four appearances in the conference finals. Hartley's third season was ultimately his most successful one as Colorado steam-rolled through the league with a 52–16–10–4 record, a division title along with the President's Trophy and the Stanley Cup. Hartley’s tenure with the Avalanche franchise ended in December of 2002 with a 193–109–48 regular season record and a 49–31 playoff record. His 193 wins are a franchise record. He became the only coach in team history to record 40 or more wins during his first four seasons as head coach.

One month later, Hartley was appointed head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers. He guided the young Thrashers through four seasons of steady improvements but it was the 2006-07 campaign in which they won their first Southeast Division title, setting new franchise records for wins and points with a 43–28–11 record, good enough for 97 points and third seed in the Eastern Conference. The team also clinched its first playoff berth in franchise history. A slow start for the Thrashers in 2007-08 season resulted in Hartley and the club parting ways.

In the summer of 2011, he signed as head coach for the ZSC Lions in Zurich, Switzerland. Hartley joined the Flames following the 2011-12 season in which he led the Lions to the Swiss A League championship.

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