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Fleming resigns from Flames to accept head coaching job with Russian team

CALGARY - Players aren't the only ones leaving the NHL for Russia.

Calgary assistant coach Wayne Fleming has resigned from his position to accept a head coaching job with Omsk of Russia's Continental Hockey League, the Flames announced Thursday.

"We have great respect for the work Wayne did with us and appreciate his contributions," Flames general manager Darryl Sutter said in a statement. "We understand that the opportunity to be the head coach of a significant team such as this represents the very best opportunity for him and his career at this time."

Fleming originally joined the Flames coaching staff on July 12, 2006 after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. He also served as an associate coach for Team Canada at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

"I'm proud of my two seasons working as a member of the Flames coaching staff alongside very professional and successful hockey people," Fleming said in a statement. "There is no question regarding the commitment of the Flames organization to winning the Stanley Cup."

Fleming is no stranger to international coaching, having led Leskand of the Swedish Elite League from 1992-1995. The 58-year-old also served coaching stints in Switzerland and Germany prior to joining the New York Islanders as an assistant coach in 1997.

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