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Breaking: Former Stanley Cup winning coach hired in KHL

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According to a report from KHL insider Igor Eronko, former Stanley Cup winning head coach Bob Hartley has been hired by Omsk Avangard of the KHL.

The 57 year old Hartley last coached in the NHL with the Calgary Flames back in 2015-16. The veteran coach of 944 NHL games put together a 463-361-61-59 during his time in the NHL with the Flames, Atlanta Thrasher and Colorado Avalanche. The latter of which he guided to a Stanley Cup championship in 2000-01.

During his stint with the Flames, Hartley managed to guide his team to the postseason just once in four seasons. In fact, in 11 seasons since capturing a Stanley Cup, Hartley has only managed to qualify his team for the playoffs three times. 

After being fired from his position with the Thrashers just six games into the 2007-08 season, Hartley stepped away from the sport, only to return in 2011-12 in Switzerland to help guide the Zuch Lions to a Swiss League championship. The following season he was hired by the Flames, with whom he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year for 2014-15. Less than a year later and he’d be fired by the Flames.

In total the accomplished Hartley has six division titles, six playoff appearances and one Stanley Cup championship to his resume. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in the KHL with Omsk Avangard. If he manages to have success, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see him get another shot in the NHL.

Update: Omsk Avangard has officially confirmed the news

Translation:

⚡ You have been waiting for this. We waited for this. Everyone was waiting for this!
Respect for the patient, our respect for the shrewd, thank you - to all the fans for waiting!
Bob Hartley - the head coach of the "Vanguard"! Welcome, Bob! ?

Another KHL insider, Hockey Buzz's Aivis Kalnins, has also confirmed that Hartley will maintain his head coaching position with the Latvian National team.

Bob Hartley will also resume his duties as head coach of Latvian national team.

Again, interesting development. The hockey world will be watching intently.