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Flames hire Ftorek as assistant coach in Abbotsford

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TSN.ca Staff
8/7/2013 2:46:29 PM
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The Calgary Flames announced Wednesday that the team has hired Robbie Ftorek as an assistant coach with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League and Todd Woodcroft as scouting director.

"In light of our commitment to rebuilding, and providing our young players with a chance to play, there is even greater importance being placed on development and getting our prospects ready to contribute as quickly as possible in Calgary," said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.

"In support of that mission, we are thrilled to be able to add such an experienced coach and teacher as Robbie Ftorek to our organization. Robbie's experience at every level of hockey, from the CHL to the AHL to the NHL, provides our players, and our coaching staffs, an incredible wealth of hockey knowledge on which to draw, and we believe he and Troy Ward will do a great job together in developing players for the Flames."

Ftorek will work under Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward. Ftorek coached two years each with the Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins, while most recently working as the bench boss of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-12.

Ftorek has also led the Albany River Rats to win the Calder Cup as their head coach in 1995. As a player, Ftorek played over 700 career games split between the WHA and NHL and has numerous accolades including league MVP and scoring records.

Woodcroft will assist Director of Amateur Scouting Todd Button and Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel John Weisbrod.

He most recently scouted in Europe for the LA Kings and formerly with the Minnesota Wild and Washington Capitals organizations.

Ftorek and Sidorkiewicz (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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