The Present Past: Setting an Example

Taylor McKee
November 25 2015 03:00PM


Most Calgarians have at least some familiarity with the name Father David Bauer. For most, it's that cold, oddly shaped rink near the University of Calgary and for others it is where one goes to gawk at would-be Olympians and World Junior hopefuls (though it seems Winsport has taken over most of those activities in recent years). There are seemingly a zillion rinks in Calgary, named after many different people from various walks of life so I am not here to lecture the reader for not knowing every fact about each arena's namesake. 

However, one of Calgary's arenas is named after a man who had an enormous impact on Canadian hockey as both a coach and an ambassador of the game on the international stage. Father David Bauer was responsible for coaching numerous Hall of Famers, numerous Canadian Olympic Hockey teams, and was a pretty darn good player in his own right. But it's the story of something he didn't do that I want to get into today after the jump.

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Jiri Hudler Was A Healthy Scratch Last Night

Ryan Pike
November 25 2015 12:30PM

Last night, the Calgary Flames began a crucial three-game road trip with a game at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Well, most of them did, as veteran winger Jiri Hudler didn't play. The reasons for his absence from the lineup are a bit murky, but through the haze of what the Flames hockey operations group has said publicly, one thing seems pretty apparent: Jiri Hudler was a healthy scratch last night.

Here's why we think so.

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Flames Waive Joni Ortio

Ryan Pike
November 25 2015 10:26AM

Remember the summer? Brad Treliving spoke often about the Calgary Flames' goalie depth. They felt they had three good goalies, to the point where they were terrified that Joni Ortio would be claimed off waivers if they tried to send him to the American Hockey League. So they carried three goalies, despite conventional wisdom saying that was a horrible idea.

Then the regular season began. All three main roster goalies underperformed. And after demotions, injuries and 22 games of underwhelming hockey, today the Flames finally threw in the towel on Joni Ortio, NHL goaltender for now. (And maybe forever in terms of him being a Calgary Flame.)

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Ducks 5, Flames 3 post-game embers: The Flames are bad and they should feel bad

Ari Yanover
November 25 2015 08:00AM

ayy lmao

I believe that image speaks for itself.

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Ladislav Smid sent to Stockton Heat on conditioning stint

Ari Yanover
November 24 2015 11:30PM

Moments following the Flames' 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the team made a quick move - to one of their healthy scratches.

Ladislav Smid, who has only appeared in four games this season - most recently on Nov. 12, when he only played 8:42 - has been sent to the Stockton Heat on a conditioning stint. The Heat play in Ontario on Nov. 25, and according to Google Maps, Ontario is a mere 35 minute or so drive away from Anaheim, so the location is convenient.

What about the timing, though?

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