The Calgary Flames have hired an experienced assistant coach for their top affiliate.

Robbie Ftorek a former head coach of the Los Angeles Kings New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins will join Troy Ward behind the bench of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat.

Ftorek was most recently head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters.

“In light of our commitment to rebuilding and providing our young players with a chance to play there is even greater importance being placed on development and getting our prospects ready to contribute as quickly as possible in Calgary” said Flames GM Jay Feaster in a statement.

“In support of that mission we are thrilled to be able to add such an experienced coach and teacher as Robbie Ftorek to our organization. Robbie’s experience at every level of hockey from the CHL to the AHL to the NHL provides our players and our coaching staffs an incredible wealth of hockey knowledge on which to draw and we believe he and Troy Ward will do a great job together in developing players for the Flames.”

Ftorek 61 has his name engraved twice on the Stanley Cup and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

He skated in 334 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings Quebec Nordiques and New York Rangers and also made 373 appearances in the now-defunct World Hockey Association.

He had a 229-152-62 record as an NHL head coach and also guided the Albany River Rats to a Calder Cup crown in 1995.

Meanwhile the Flames announced Wednesday the appointment of Todd Woodcroft as scouting director and made it official that Craig Conroy will oversee the day-to-day hockey operations of the Heat.