Flames Decide to Pop; Refuse to Let Fun Stop

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 02: Head coach Brent Sutter of the Calgary Flames stands on the bench to yell at referees during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Flames 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


After about 4 days, the Calgary Flames have officially announced former Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg as the new "associate" coach, which is apparently different from an assistant coach (see: Silver Seven discuss Hartsburg with Matchsticks and Gasoline). The second off-ice hiring of the day, was, however a complete surprise. Replacing one of the departed personnel this summer, Rob Cookson, was Jaime Pringle, who has been hired as the senior video analyst for the Calgary Flames.

Jamie Pringle recently worked for the Florida Panthers (prompting one blogger to proclaim on Twitter: maybe he can help [Jay] Bouwmeester) and Team Canada, so he's got decent enough pedigree, though you wonder how much a video analyst will really turn the club's fortune's around.

From the Calgary Flames official web release:

Hartsburg has 14 years of NHL coaching experience having served as the head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks (1995-98), the Anaheim Ducks (1998-2001) and the Ottawa Senators (2008-09). He was an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars (1989-90) and the Philadelphia Flyers (1990-94, 2002-04).

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Pringle, a native of Picton, Ontario joins the Flames coaching staff after three seasons as the video coach with the Florida Panthers.

Prior to that, Pringle spent the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season as the video coach for Hockey Canada. He was part of the staff for all international events including the 2006 Winter Olympics, winning gold at the 2007 IIHF World Championship and winning gold at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships.

Pringle worked with Brent Sutter during the 2008 World Junior team Super Series against Russia.

Pringle spent the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons as the assistant coach with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) after four seasons as the assistant coach with the Belleville Bulls (1999-2004) where he helped earn the OHL title in 1999. He was also on staff with the Ottawa Senators during the 1995-96 season.

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