CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Flames assistant coach Wayne Fleming resigned on Thursday to become the head coach of Omsk in Russia's new Continental Hockey League.
``We have great respect for the work Wayne did with us and appreciate his contributions,'' Calgary general manager Darryl Sutter said in a statement. ``We understand that the opportunity to be the head coach of a significant team such as this represents the very best opportunity for him and his career at this time.''
The new league has already attracted several NHL players, including former New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who signed a lucrative deal this summer with Omsk.
Fleming joined the Flames coaching staff on July 12, 2006, after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. He also served as an associate coach for Team Canada at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
he Flames organization to winning the Stanley Cup.''
Fleming is no stranger to international coaching, having led Leskand of the Swedish Elite League from 1992-1995. The 58-year-old Fleming also had coaching stints in Switzerland and Germany before joining the New York Islanders as an assistant in 1997.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Malkin, Pittsburgh tackle rising Carolina The Penguins are not without their problems as the NHL closes in on the All-Star break. Fortunately for Mike Sullivan’s bunch, it’s producing more than...
Thumbnail Sophomore sensation carries load for Oilers Not only does Edmonton boast the NHL’s leading scorer in Connor McDavid, but it features arguably the hottest netminder on the...
Thumbnail Crosby focused on resuscitating Pens Riding a nine-game winning streak, Washington is the hottest team in hockey right now. But will the league’s third-leading scorer throw a wrench into the Caps’...
Thumbnail Western Conference titans clash shortly John Gibson is acclimating quite nicely to his new role as the Ducks’ workhorse in net. Still, can the 23-year-old cool off the Blues tonight?
Thumbnail Elite netminders lock horns in Montreal Two of the NHL’s most explosive offenses are preparing to collide in Quebec. With Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist on the scene, however, will stellar...

NHL Team Pages