Monday, June 23, 2014

Ryan Huska named Adirondack Flames Head Coach

This piece was edited to correct some typographical errors and to add more information.

Ryan Huska has been hired to lead the Adirondack Flames in their inaugural season, Brad Treliving announced to the media on Monday during a Calgary Flames press conference.

Huska comes from the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League.  As head coach of the Rockets, he led them to the WHL Championship in 2009 before losing in the Memorial Cup finals. In seven seasons with the Rockets, Huska's record is 303-164-0-37, including a career best 57-11-0-4 last season.

Prior to Huska's venture as head coach, he was an assistant with the Rockets for five years, and have played in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Falcons and the Lowell Lock Monsters.

He played one game in the National Hockey League, with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1997-98 season.

Huska has also captured a bronze and silver medal as the assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

"This is a significant hire for us," said Brad Treliving.  "I couldn't be more happy for having him join our organization."

Huska replaces Troy Ward, who coached the Abbotsford Heat for three seasons.  Troy Ward's squad in their last season in British Columbia made the playoffs after going 43-25-5-3, but lost in four games to Grand Rapids.  With the move from British Columbia to Glens Falls, and with the Flames under new management, Ward's contract was not renewed.

Huska's first game with the Adirondack Flames in Glens Falls will be on Saturday, October 11th.

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