Huska, a native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, is coming off his second season as a professional hockey coach after spending his previous 12 seasons with the Kelowna Rockets, serving five seasons as an assistant coach and seven seasons as their head coach. He played his junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers before being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round (76th overall) in the 1993 NHL Draft. He played over 300 professional games in the AHL and the IHL with Indianapolis, Lowell and Springfield.
Huska is one of the most decorated junior hockey men in Canada with four Memorial Cup championship rings to his name, three times as a player with the Kamloops Blazers (1992, 1994 and 1995) and once as an assistant coach with the Kelowna Rockets (2004). He has been to the Memorial Cup an additional three times, in 2003 and 2005 as an assistant coach with the Rockets and won the WHL Championship and lost in the Memorial Cup finals in 2009 as the head coach. Internationally, he has captured a bronze and a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Originally joining the Calgary organization in 2014, Huska took the reigns of the Adirondack Flames, where his team went 35-33-8, finishing fourth in the North Division and 12th in the Western Conference. Huska oversaw 17 players play in the NHL and the AHL during his first season at the helm of an American Hockey League team.
After the formation of the AHL’s Pacific Division was announced, Huska transitioned from New York to California to start his second pro season with the Stockton Heat. His team would go all the way to the final week of the season before just narrowly missing the playoffs, going 32-32-4 in the inaugural season of Heat hockey.
Huska oversaw the growth and eventual call-ups of 15 players including five players who made their NHL debuts during the 2015-16 season. Now in 2016-17 the Head Coach of the Heat will look to surpass a number of milestones, including his 700th game as a coach which is set to happen on March 8, his 200th game behind an AHL bench which should happen on March 17 and is looking for his 100th AHL win this season.