Hitmen sign head coach Mark French to contract extension

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced a multi-year contract extension for head coach Mark French.

French was originally named the eighth head coach in franchise history on June 12, 2014. Since then, he has guided the Hitmen to back-to-back seasons of 40-plus wins while compiling a combined record of 87-48-3-6 with two playoff appearances.

“Calgary and the Hitmen organization have been an excellent fit for me and my family,” said French. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to develop young men and work toward building a third championship.”

French has 20 seasons of coaching experience including a Calder Cup Championship as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears in 2010. His step behind the bench began in the 1996-97 season as an assistant coach with Brock University.  One year later, he took over as head coach and then moved to the University of Guelph as an assistant coach.  French then joined the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Centennials as an assistant coach before being named head coach at Wilfrid Laurier University for two seasons.  Following his Canadian coaching tenure, he became an assistant with ECHL’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies before assuming the head coach and director of hockey operations role with the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder.  That was followed by a move to the Bears as an assistant coach before taking over the team’s head coaching duties for four seasons (2009-13).  Prior to joining the Hitmen, French was head coach of the Medvescak Zagreb in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“We are extremely pleased to know Mark and his family will continue to be part of the Hitmen organization,” said general manager Mike Moore. “He is a terrific leader and represents the key values and traits necessary to be successful.”

Hitmen season tickets for the 2016-17 WHL campaign are now available.  For more information on ticket packages and the exclusive privileges offered to Hitmen season seat members, contact customer service at 403-777-4646.

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