A year can truly make a big difference and former Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley found that out the hard way. After a disappointing 35-40 record and missing the playoffs for the third time in four years, Hartley has been fired by the Flames.
Hartley had an impressive year with the team last season, going 45-30 and advancing to the conference semfinals, their first playoff appearance since 2009. They fell to the Anaheim Ducks, but Hartley was still awarded the Jack Adams Award, given to the league’s coach of the year, for what he did with the team.
The Flames announced on Tuesday that he had been let go after four years with the team.
Associate coach Jacques Cloutier was also fired alongside Hartley.
Bob Hartley has had a great career since coming into the league in 1998. He debuted with the Colorado Avalanche and led them to the Stanley Cup in just his third season as coach. Hartley has racked up a 517-402-61 record as a coach. He helped the Avalanche to four straight conference finals appearances in five seasons with the team and has also spent time with the former Atlanta Thrashers.
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