Former NHLer Matt Stajan joins Calgary Hitmen as assistant coach

Calgary Flames centre Matt Stajan (18), and his wife Katie wave to the crowd as he's honored for having played 1000 NHL games prior to action against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Calgary, Alta., Thurs., March 29, 2018 (Larry MacDougal/CP).

The Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League named Matt Stajan one of the team's assistant coaches on Thursday for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

Stajan joins a Hitmen staff that consists of head coach Steve Hamilton, assistant coach Trent Cassan and goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to help these young men grow and develop at this early stage of their careers," Stajan said. "It will be great to learn the coaching and development side of the game, working alongside Steve, Trent and Brad.”

Drafted in the second round of the 2002 NHL Draft, Stajan played in 1,003 career games. Starting his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs before going to the Calgary Flames,  the forward recorded 146 goals and 267 assists. During the 2014-15 campaign, Stajan helped lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

Stajan ended his career with Munich EHC in the Deutsche Eishockey League (Germany) before he announced his retirement in 2019.

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