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Flames add former Blue Jackets head coach Larsen to coaching staff

Brad Larsen Brad Larsen - The Canadian Press

CALGARY — The Calgary Flames have hired former Columbus head coach Brad Larsen as an assistant on Ryan Huska's staff.

Larsen spent nine seasons with the Blue Jackets, including two as head coach (2021-22 and 2022-23).

He compiled a 62-86-16 record and Columbus failed to make the playoffs during his time as head coach. He was fired after the 2022-23 season.

He spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Blue Jackets before replacing John Tortorella on May 9, 2021.

Larsen began his coaching career with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, earning a promotion to the Blue Jackets after leading the team to the Calder Cup playoffs in two straight seasons.

As a player, the 46-year-old from Nakusp, B.C., had 134 points in 294 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers.

“Brad is a great addition to our coaching staff, adding valuable recent experience as an NHL head coach as well as a longtime player,” Flames general manager Craig Conroy said in a release.

“He is a good communicator with a tremendous work ethic and provides a wealth of knowledge having worked in every situation as a coach over the course of his career."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2024.