Wayne Fleming died Monday in Calgary, Alberta, after a battle with brain cancer. Fleming underwent brain surgery in April 2011 after a malignant tumor was discovered, but apparently the cancer came back.
Wayne Fleming was part of three Olympic coaching staffs for Canada. His Canadian hockey team won a silver medal in Albertville in 1992 and a gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Wayne Fleming spent 14 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning. But he was also head hockey coach for Leksand in Sweden, EV Landshut in Germany and Avangard Omsk in Russia.
Wayne Fleming had a long relationship with Hockey Canada. Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, had this to say about Wayne Fleming’s death:
“Hockey Canada has lost a great friend, and the hockey world has lost not only a tremendous coach, but a wonderful man. We send our condolences to Wayne’s wife, Carolyn, their four children and the rest of the Fleming family.”
Nicholson says that “the biggest legacy Wayne left was how he touched people, to make people better.” This attitude prevailed whether Wayne Fleming was working for an Olympics team or a local hockey team comprised of 10-year-olds.
Wayne Fleming had been living at his Calgary home with wife Carolyn. He was 62.
[Image from Hockey Canada]