According to the Canadian Press on Tuesday, the Calgary Flames have named Jordan Sigalet as their new goaltending coach. Sigalet replaces Clint Malarchuk who had spent the last three seasons with the Flames.
Sigalet spent the last two seasons as the goaltending coach for the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate in Abbotsford. There he worked closely with Finnish prospect Joni Ortio, veteran Joey MacDonald, Olivier Roy (who the Flames acquired in the Ladislav Smid trade with the Edmonton Oilers last year), Danny Taylor, Barry Brust and Leland Irving.
A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Sigalet was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the seventh round, 209th overall in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft according to Hockey Database. Sigalet only played in one minute in the NHL with the Bruins in 2005-06.
Among the other hockey teams Sigalet played for were the Victoria Salsa of the British Columbia Hockey League, Bowling Green State University in NCAA, the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League and Vienna in Austria. At only 33 years of age, it is interesting that the Flames have hired an assistant coach that is young compared to many coaches in the NHL.
Sigalet is the only new addition to the Calgary Flames coaching staff this season. In 2013-14, the Flames missed the playoffs and gave up 241 regular season goals. Only the Nashville Predators (242) and Edmonton Oilers (270) gave up more goals in the Western Conference.
In other Flames goaltending news, former Flames goaltender Jean Sebastien Giguere is likely to announce his retirement in the very near future according to TSN. Giguere played with the Flames from 1998-2000, posting a record of 7-10-4 and a 3.08 goals against average. Giguere went on to play 14 more seasons with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, winning a Conn Smythe Trophy with Anaheim in 2003 and Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.
Giguere is also the last player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy without winning the Stanley Cup. He is expected to join Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next season.