CALGARY, Alberta – The Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League announced that former Dayton Bombers coach Jim Playfair has been named head coach of Abbotsford, the American Hockey League affiliate of Calgary.
The Las Vegas Wranglers are the ECHL affiliate of Calgary of the NHL and Abbotsford of the AHL.
The 45 year old began his coaching career in 1993-94 with Dayton and was 106-76-24 while leading the Bombers to the postseason in all three seasons. He was voted ECHL Coach of the Year in 1994-95 after the Bombers went 42-17-9 and coached the Northern Conference to a 10-7 win in the 1996 All-Star Game. Playfair spent five seasons with the Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League beginning as an assistant coach before being named head coach on Jan. 25, 2000.
He joined the Flames as an assistant coach on Jan. 3, 2003 and was named associate coach in 2007 after spending three seasons as the head coach of Calgary’s primary development club in the AHL. He was 83-77-22-10 in the AHL and was named Minor Professional Coach of the Year by The Hockey News after leading the Saint John Flames to their first Calder Cup championship in 2000-01.