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Flames hire Martin Gelinas as assistant coach

Martin Gelinas, best remembered for his goal scoring heroics in the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, rejoined the Calgary Flames as an assistant coach.

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The Eliminator has returned to the Calgary Flames.

Martin Gelinas, best remembered for his goal scoring heroics in the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, rejoined the NHL team Thursday as an assistant coach to new head man Bob Hartley. Goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk was also added as the lone carryover from last season's staff.

"I'm happy to be back with the team and the city that I know so well," said Gelinas, who scored three playoff series-clinching goals in 2004 when the Flames came within a win of claiming the Stanley Cup."I have so many fond memories of my time as a player in Calgary and my family and I have made it our home ever since. I look forward to contributing to Calgary's success and being part of a winning team."

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Gelinas last played in the NHL in 2007-2008 with the Nashville Predators then spent one season in Switzerland. He later worked for the Predators as their director of player development.

"We are excited to add Marty to our coaching staff," Hartley said in a statement. "As a player, he was known for his incredible fitness and conditioning as well as an unparalleled work ethic. We know that he will bring the same enthusiasm and commitment as a coach …."

The Flames also have Jacques Cloutier as an associate coach.

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