The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced on Sunday head coach Mark French has accepted a head coaching position with the Fribourg-Gottéron Dragons of the National League A (NLA).
“Mark has had a significant impact on our hockey team in his three years here,” said Hitmen vice president and alternate governor Mike Moore. “He established a commitment to excellence, culture and character that has shaped our players. We will miss him and know he will have success in this new opportunity.”
French joined the Hitmen in June 2014 and guided the Western Hockey League club to three consecutive playoff appearances, including two 40-plus win campaigns. Under his leadership, the team posted a record of 117-80-11-8 from 2015-17. His 21-season coaching resume is highlighted by a Calder Cup Championship as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears in 2010. Prior to stepping behind the Hitmen bench, French was head coach of the Medveščak Zagreb in the Austrian Hockey League.
The Hitmen would like to thank coach French for his time with the organization and wish him and his family well in Fribourg, Switzerland.