Wayne Fleming (1950-2013)

Sadly, after battling brain cancer, longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming passed away on Monday, at the age of 62.

A highly respected figure in the hockey world, he was a beloved coach to many players, in a career that spanned 14 seasons in the NHL. Fleming made coaching stops with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning. Internationally, he coached in Sweden, Germany and Russia as well as being part of two Olympic coaching staffs for Canada, winning a silver medal in 1992 and a gold medal in 2002.

After the news broke on Monday evening, condolences from around the hockey world began to pour in, including messages from players, executives and prominent media.

Players like Steven Stamkos, Nate Thompson, Victor Hedman, Sam Gagner and Eric Nystrom took to social media to offer their heartfelt condolences for a man that they once played for:

"Hockey Canada has lost a great friend, and the hockey world has lost not only a tremendous coach, but a wonderful man," Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada said in a statement.

The Calgary Flames, as well as Flames president and CEO Ken King, also sent condolence messages via Twitter, praising a man who once coached in their organization.

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