Cana­dian of­fi­cially ex­tends con­tract with Lat­vian ice hockey team

The Baltic Times - - TALENT HUNTER - LETA/TBT Staff

Cana­dian coach Bob Hart­ley has of­fi­cially signed his con­tract to stay on as the head coach of the Lat­vian na­tional men's ice hockey team, the Lat­vian Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion in­formed. Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, Hart­ley will stay on as the head coach of the Lat­vian team for the next five years, or un­til af­ter the 2022 Bei­jing Olympics.

Hart­ley be­came the head coach of the Lat­vian team last year, and signed a 1+1 agree­ment with the LHF. He led Latvia to a tenth place fin­ish at this year's Ice Hockey World Cham­pi­onships.

As re­ported, the 56-yearold Hart­ley has coached three Na­tional Hockey League (NHL) clubs: Colorado Avalanche from 1998 to 2003, At­lanta Thrash­ers from 2003 to 2008, and Cal­gari Flames from 2012 to 2015.

In the 2011/2012 sea­son, Hart­ley was the head coach of the Swiss hockey club Zurich ZSC Lions, help­ing the club win the Swiss Cham­pi­onship. With Hart­ley as the head coach, the Avalanche won the Stan­ley Cup in 2001. In June 2015, Hart­ley won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL'S coach of the year.

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