Ryan Huska was named the franchise's 24th head coach on June 12. He had been an assistant coach with the Flames since 2018. Prior to coming to Calgary, Huska spent four seasons as head coach of the Flames affiliate team in the American Hockey League, the Stockon/Adirondack Heat.
Huska started his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, and was appointed as the club's head coach in 2007. Two years after being appointed, Huska led the Rockets to the Ed Chynoweth as league champions and advanced to the Memorial Cup, falling to the Windsor Spitfires in the final. The Cranbrook, B.C. native spent seven years as the Rockets bench boss and finished his junior coaching career with an overall record 303-164-37 before moving onto the bench boss of the Flames affiliate. In four years with the Heat, Huska ended with a 135-118-27 record.
The 42-year-old was drafted in the third round 76th overall in the 1993 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut on May 1 1995 against the Flames. Huska spent his junior career with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, winning three Memorial Cups in 1992, 1994 and 1995.