Brad Treliving was hired as the Flames' new General Manager just over a month ago. Now, he's added to his management team, hiring Brad Pascall from Hockey Canada and promoting Craig Conroy. Both are now Assistant General Managers with the Flames.
Conroy: "Brad, Brad, Burkie, Burkie...that's the whole front office. It's easy!" (Treliving, Pascall, Brian, Mike)— Aaron Vickers (@AAVickers) June 6, 2014
Pascall has been Hockey Canada's Vice-President of Hockey Operations since July 2010. He was involved in the construction of both recent gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic teams, and has experience in building Canada's World Championship and National Junior teams as well. He was recently at the World Championships last month alongside Treliving.
Treliving stressed the need to have a winning culture, and cited Pascall's successful background at Hockey Canada as a strong asset for the Flames.
"You get winners on the bus, we'll figure out all the rest. Get good people, that's the hard part," - Treliving re: roles each AGM will have— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 6, 2014
Pascall, for his part, talked about how he has always wanted to be in the NHL, and may have been considered by other teams before the Flames hired him.
Brad Pascall may have had other NHL options. He met with Florida gm, Dale Tallon during World Championships to discuss AGM job with Panthers— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 6, 2014
His previous role as a member of Hockey Canada will probably be extremely beneficial to his future NHL career as well:
#Flames Brad Pascall has an outstanding relationship with NHL GM's...wont hurt.— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) June 6, 2014
As for Conroy, he's already very familiar to the organization. Since retiring in 2011, Conroy immediately stepped into a management role with the Flames as Special Assistant to the General Manager. Now, he's shed a few words from that title as an AGM.
From the beginning, Conroy made a positive impact on Treliving. The Flames' GM had heard how popular a person he was, and quickly saw for himself why that was. It wasn't Conroy's popularity that led to his promotion, though. Treliving believes Conroy is "a star in the making", and as somebody extremely passionate in general and about the Flames in particular, is going to be a big part of the Flames organization going forward.
"I've done a bit of everything," Conroy on his former role and how it will pay off moving forward to being an AGM— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 6, 2014
In addition to Pascall and Conroy, the Flames have also retained Michael Holditch as an AGM and Senior Vice-President. Holditch has been with the organization for 20 seasons now. They also added Troy Crowder, a veteran of 150 games. He will join Calgary's last standing Sutter, Ron, as part of the team's player development staff.
Last year, Ron Sutter did the Flames weekly check-ins with Emile Poirier. Sounds like that role, a busy one, will be shared by Troy Crowder.— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) June 6, 2014
Hiring new personnel was a priority for Treliving, and now he's done it. With a fully equipped front office, filled with experience and good people, the Flames' focus now turns to Philadelphia and the draft. Following that, Treliving also hinted the Flames may be active during the off-season.
#Flames Brad Treliving.."happy with current NHL roster, but need to improve. Improve a lot. Look for current roster players to move.— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) June 6, 2014