Bob Hartley Hired As Calgary Flames Head Coach, According To Report

Bob Hartley is the new head coach of the Calgary Flames, according to a report from RDS. The former bench boss with the Atlanta Thrashers and Colorado Avalanche had coached the 2011-12 season with Swiss club ZSC Lions. The team won the Swiss league title in his first and only season there.

Hartley was fired by the Thrashers just six games into the 2007 after the team got off to a slow start, and following the Atlanta gig did work for RDS, the French-language sports network in Canada. Hartley's proficiency in French was a major cause for speculation that he had the inside track on the Montreal Canadiens job locked up, and he was also considered for the Washington Capitals head coaching position as well.

But alas, it's a Western Canadian team he'll try to resurrect from the ashes. Hartley won the Stanley Cup in 2001 as the coach of the Avalanche.

For more from the Calgary perspective, check in with Matchsticks & Gasoline.

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