CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced that they have hired Ryan Huska as the new head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, Adirondack Flames.
Huska, a native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, has spent the last 12 seasons with the Kelowna Rockets, the first five as an assistant coach and the last seven seasons serving as their head coach. He played his junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers before being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round (76th overall) in the 1993 NHL Draft. He played over 300 professional games in the AHL and the IHL with Indianapolis, Lowell and Springfield.
Huska is one of the most decorated amateur hockey men in Canada with four Memorial Cup championship rings to his name, three times as a player with the Kamloops Blazers (1992, 1994 and 1995), once as an assistant coach with the Kelowna Rockets (2004). He has been to the Memorial Cup an additional three times, in 2003 and 2005 as an assistant coach with the Rockets and won the WHL Championship and lost in the Memorial Cup finals in 2009 as the head coach. Internationally, he has captured a bronze and a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Last season Huska guided the Rockets to the WHL BC Division championship with a 57-11-0-4 record, setting a new franchise record with 57 wins. In his seven seasons as head coach, the Rockets have not finished below .500.