Fleming has empty feeling

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

His boss, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock, is volunteering at Princeton University. So does that mean Flyers assistant Wayne Fleming will spend the NHL lockout back with the U of M Bisons?

"He hasn't called for me to help him," Fleming said, referring to Bisons coach Mike Sirant. "They're in pretty good hands, there."

So Fleming, a Winnipeg product who coached the Bisons in the 1980s, is spending the early stages of the lockout like so many others -- catching up with family.

And coming down from one of the highlights of his career.

Fleming was an assistant coach with Team Canada, adding a World Cup title to the Olympic one he earned at Salt Lake City.

"It was such an intense four-and-a-half weeks, and such a climactic high," Fleming said. "And then, bang -- there's no hockey at all. It really leaves an empty feeling. The next day I'm sitting in Philly with (Flyers GM) Bob Clarke and Hitchcock, going, 'Well ... everybody can go home.' We could have stayed and had a parade or something in Toronto."

Fleming is biding his time, but if the entire season is canceled he says he'll look at helping out in Europe or in the junior ranks.


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