Former NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming passes away

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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.