HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads hired the son of former NHL coach Bob Hartley on Thursday.
Steve Hartley signed a two-year deal to serve as an assistant on Dominique Ducharme's staff. The 25-year-old spent the last two seasons as head coach of Joliette in the Quebec Jr. AAA League.
"I would like to thank the Mooseheads for this tremendous opportunity and am very excited to join such a prestigious organization," said Hartley. "I look forward to broadening my experience while helping this club move towards their goal of sustained success both on the ice and in the community."
Bob Hartley spent parts of nine seasons coaching in the NHL with Colorado and Atlanta — helping the Avalanche win the 2001 Stanley Cup — and recently accepted a job with the Zurich Lions in Switzerland.
Steve Hartley, a native of Hawkesbury, Ont., was a goaltender for two seasons with Miami University (Ohio) of the NCAA before finishing his playing career in Joliette on a team coached by Ducharme.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Dominique again," he said. "Having played for him, I have seen his passion for winning firsthand and I’m confident he will instill that mentality and sense of commitment in our players."
Halifax finished fifth in the Maritimes Division last season with a 20-43-2-3 record.