McGill named assistant coach in Calgary

The Calgary Flames announced on Tuesday that Ryan McGill has been named an assistant coach to newly appointed head coach Brent Sutter.

McGill, Dave Lowry and Jamie McLennan will serve as assistant’s on Sutter’s staff.

A native of Sherwood Park, Alta., heads to Calgary after seven seasons as an AHL head coach, including the last four seasons with the Flames’ top affiliates.

McGill compiled a record of 285-222-53 (.556) with Quad City (2007-09), Omaha (2005-07) and Hartford (2002-05), winning the Atlantic Division title and leading the Wolf Pack to the Eastern Conference finals in 2004.

As head coach of the Kootenay Ice (WHL) for four-and-a-half seasons, McGill led the team to the 2002 Memorial Cup championship and WHL titles in both 2000 and 2002.

Originally a second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1987 NHL Draft, McGill played in 151 NHL games split between Chicago, Philadelphia and Edmonton. He also skated in the AHL for Halifax and Hershey.

Lowry and McLennan are both AHL alumni as well. Lowry played 68 career games in the AHL and reached the Calder Cup Finals with Fredericton in 1988, while McLennan tended goal for Houston, Worcester and Capital District during his 16-year pro career.