Former NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming has passed away at the age of 62 after a battle with brain cancer.
Fleming last worked as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning and also worked over three decades in the NHL with Calgary, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix and the New York Islanders.
He was also assistant coach and GM on Canada's Olympic squad that won silver at the 1992 Winter Games and was head coach of Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League in 2008-09.
Fleming was also head coach of Leksands IF (Sweden - 1992-96), EHC Kloten (Switzerland - 1996-97) and EV Landshut (Germany - 1996-97).
He returned to the CHA in August 2000 as vice-president of hockey operations and head coach of Canada's National Men's Team, leading Team Canada behind the bench at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Championships, and served as associate coach under Pat Quinn at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, winning a gold medal, and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
"Hockey Canada has lost a great friend, and the hockey world has lost not only a tremendous coach, but a wonderful man," said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada in a statement. "We send our condolences to Wayne's wife, Carolyn, their four children and the rest of the Fleming family."