New Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving recognized the passion in Potsdam native Craig Conroy and decided he wanted Conroy part of his team.
Treliving recently named Conroy, the former Clarkson and NHL player, as one of two assistant general managers for the Flames. Conroy, who had served as special assistant to the GM position the last three years, joins Brad Pascall as the club’s new assistant GMs.
“Craig is a guy who I heard a lot about coming in,” Treliving told the Flames’ web site. “I know he was a popular player here, a popular person around the organization. I’ve been around a lot of players that have made the step into the front office and I can tell you from Day One, Craig was sort of infectious with me. He’s got a passion that very few have.”
Conroy’s duties were not announced.
Conroy stepped into a management role with the Flames immediately after retiring from playing after the 2010-11 season. Conroy played for Calgary for nine of his 18 seasons. He also played for Montreal, St. Louis and Los Angeles, compiling 182 goals and 360 assists for his career.
Conroy had served as the special assistant to GM Jay Feaster until Feaster was fired in December. Treliving, the former assistant GM for the Phoenix Coyotes, was hired as GM in April.
Conroy worked with Treliving for a little more than a month before he was promoted.
“I never met Brad before,” Conroy told the Flames’ web site. “Our interaction was limited. For him to come in and to work every day together and to go to the (NHL Scouting) Combine and all the meetings, the pro scouting meetings, the amateur meetings, it was big. It was good for me. I had a much better feeling after two or three weeks. At first, you’re never sure.
“Brad just called me in and said, ‘This is what I want to do’ and I was pretty excited about it. You’re always happy to move up and just be a part of it. That’s the one thing. Every decision, everything he’s done, he keeps you in the loop. You know what’s going on and what he’s thinking.”
Treliving stressed Conroy’s allegiance to the team as an important factor in his decision.
“I want to make it clear right here, Craig getting this role, it isn’t a popularity contest,” he said. “We don’t win by popularity. We win by having the right people in the right boxes and the right winners around us and I think Craig is a star in the making. This guy bleeds the Calgary Flames and is very well deserving. He’s going to be a big, important piece of our organization moving forward.”
Pascall joins the Flames after serving as vice president of hockey operations/national teams with Hockey Canada since 2010. He had worked with Hockey Canada the past 18 years.
The Flames finished 35-40-7 during the 2013-14 season and placed 13th in the Western Conference, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Conroy and Pascall join fellow assistant general manager Michael Holditch in the front office. Holditch, named an assistant GM in 2010, is also senior vice president for the Flames.
“The game is becoming bigger,” Treliving said after announcing his hires. “Each day is becoming more competitive. The question we ask every morning when we roll out of bed is how do we win? How do we win and how do we get better?
“Today we got better.”