Flames lift interim tag from head coach Geoff Ward

The Calgary Flames have removed the interim tag from Geoff Ward’s job and made him the 20th head coach in franchise history.

Ward was promoted from associate coach Nov. 29. Bill Peters resigned amid allegations of racism when he coached in the minor leagues.

A .500 team at that time, the Flames rallied from the controversy to go 25-15-3 under Ward. 

Calgary was eliminated in the first round of playoffs in six games by the Dallas Stars.

The Flames downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round to advance.

WATCH | CBC Sports’ Rob Pizzo on Flames’ collapse:

In his daily recap, Rob Pizzo breaks down the Flames collapse against the Stars, the Capitals leaving the bubble, and a head scratching suspension. 2:59

Original article: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/geoff-ward-flames-head-coach-1.5723251?cmp=rss

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