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FRANCIS GETS JOB WITH SAINT JOHN FLAMES

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Bob Francis, a veteran of the Calgary Flames organization, was appointed head coach of the Saint John Flames, the NHL club's new American Hockey League affiliate on Tuesday.

"The key to the AHL is development and the man in charge must reflect the development of both the player and the person, as does Bob Francis," Doug Risebrough, the Flames vice-president and general manager, said.Francis told the Deseret News that he felt the move was the best thing for his career and that loyalty to and from an organization was important to him.

Francis was in the Flames' organization for 13 years as a player and coach.

Francis enters his fifth season as head coach of the Flames' top farm team. For the previous four years, that was the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the International Hockey League. The Eagles finished second in the three-team Pacific Division last season with a 38-39-5 record and missed the playoffs.

Francis was signed as a free agent in October 1980 by the Flames after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. In 1982-83, after being traded to the Detroit Red Wings, he played in 14 NHL games and scored two goals.