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Steve McCarthy follows Bob Hartley to Flames’ organization

Oct 9, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

Steve McCarthy #5 of the Atlanta Thrashers defends against Jiri Tlusty #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 23, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario.
(February 23, 2008 - Source: None/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

After spending two seasons playing in Europe, Steve McCarthy is returning to North America. He has agreed to terms with the Calgary’s AHL-affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, according to the Flames’ official website.

McCarthy was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 23rd overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Since then he has recorded 55 points and 168 penalty minutes in 302 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, and Atlanta Thrashers.

He hasn’t played in the NHL since 2007-08, but has previously worked with new Flames coach Bob Hartley, both as a member of the Thrashers and last season when they were both part of the Swiss Elite League’s Zurich Lions.

McCarthy had three goals and seven assists in 27 games with Zurich and Hartley guided the team to the Swiss Elite League Championship.

  1. kicksave1980 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Whoa, blast from the past! I always liked him in Chicago. He was a decent defenseman on a really bad Hawks team. Management ruined a lot of guys back then…in Steve’s case, asking a 2nd or 3rd pair defenseman to play top pair minutes at a young age. I hope he does well in the Flames organization.

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