CALGARY, AB - Wayne Fleming has been named Vice-president, Hockey for the Canadian Hockey Association, President Bob Nicholson announced Wednesday. Fleming replaces Tom Renney, who left the CHA two weeks ago to join the New York Rangers as Director, Player Personnel.
Fleming will be responsible to oversee all of the CHA's development and high performance programs and staff. He will act as an assistant coach for the Canada's Men's team at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT, and Head Coach for Canada's team at the Men's World Hockey Championship. Fleming will also be a key technical person in developing content for the CHA's development programs at the grass roots level, and will be a technical liaison for all of Canada's other National teams.
"We are extremely excited to be naming a person with Wayne's qualifications as the Canadian Hockey Association's new Vice-president, hockey," said Bob Nicholson, President, CHA. "Wayne's strong technical and teaching background will be a great benefit to our grass root development programs, and his amateur and professional coaching background will assist us internationally."
Known for his strong technical knowledge and teaching skills, Fleming brings to the CHA a wealth of experience from the amateur, collegiate, international and professional levels. Last season, Fleming was assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes, and was assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 1997-1999.
Born in Snowlake, Manitoba, Fleming served eight years as head coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons. Fleming won back-to-back Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championships in 1982-83 and 1983-84. In addition, he won GPAC Coach of the Year honors in 1981-82 and 1983-84. He was also selected as the CIAU Coach of the Year in 1983-84. He still holds school records for wins and games coached.
In 1990, Fleming became the assistant coach/ GM of the Canadian National Olympic Program. During his tenure, he helped guide the Canadian Team to a Silver Medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
Prior to joining the Islanders in 1997-98, Fleming gained European coaching experience at the professional level when he coached Leksand in the Swedish Elite League for four seasons (1992-96). He also coached Kloten in the Swiss Elite league in 1997 and Landshut of the German League for one season.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of joining the Canadian Hockey Association and assisting hockey in Canada at all levels - from the Initiation program, right up to the Olympic Winter Games, " said Fleming.
Fleming, who holds an CHA Advanced II certification in coaching, will begin his duties immediately, working out of the CHA's Calgary office. Wayne and his wife Carolyn have two daughters, Angie and Allie, and two sons, Jarett and Jordan.