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Former NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming passes away

Mar 26, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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Some sad news to pass on, as former NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming has passed away at the age of 62 after a battle with brain cancer.

Fleming’s last coaching job was as an assistant with Tampa Bay. He also had stints in that capacity with the Oilers, Flames, Flyers, Coyotes and Islanders.

Perhaps his greatest hockey moment came in 2002, when he helped Team Canada to Olympic gold in Salt Lake City.

“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. “We send our condolences to Wayne’s wife, Carolyn, their four children and the rest of the Fleming family.”

A tumor was found in Fleming’s brain in 2011. He had surgery shortly thereafter.

The Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis recently wrote a piece on Fleming.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    RIP

    and btw guys, letangs been activated from IR, simon despres to ahl wilkes-barre

    • bigkniht37 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      this is a sad story about a great coach passing away and you come on here to post about penguins news…pens fans have no class.

      Rest in Peace Flem, we’ll always remember 2002!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      This is why people root against the Penguins ! A young age 62,hopefully your having fun in the big rink in the sky where its all hat tricks and great saves ! Much respect !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Classless

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Really dude????

    RIP cancer is a terrible beast.

  3. blues1988 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    rip. just read hitchcock dedicated his jack adams award to him last year. nice gesture and i’m sure he’s mourning the loss of a good friend today.

  4. lsxphotog - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Purely sad news. His bout with cancer has quietly been in the back of our minds in Tampa. I’ll be at the game tonight against the Sabres and I’m sure there will be a moment of silence in his honor.

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