Alaska Aces (Flames ECHL Affiliate) Win ECHL Championship

Ryan Pike
June 10 2014 12:08AM

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The final Calgary Flames properties have finally finished their seasons, as the Alaska Aces won the ECHL's Kelly Cup last night via a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones in Game 6 of their series.

The Flames have four players down in the ECHL: James Martin, John Ramage, Olivier Roy and Turner Elson.

Martin and Roy both missed the last chunk of the playoffs due to injury, but Elson and Ramage both performed well throughout the run. Elson had a great playoffs, eventually ending up on the Aces' first line and racking up 11 points in 21 games (he had 5 points in the 6 final games). Ramage had 13 points in 20 games and was a fixture on the power-play. Martin was pointless in 11 games, while Roy was 6-1 (with an .896 save percentage) prior to getting injured.

Granted, it's not the Stanley Cup or the Calder Cup, but the Alaska Aces had a tremendous season and capped off the year with a championship. Four Flames prospects got the chance to play into June. It'll be very interesting to see if Elson and Ramage can continue that momentum into July's development camp or into the fall. Both guys had fallen off the radar a little bit, but maybe they've raised their stock a bit with their play during the Aces' playoff run.

All-in-all, not a bad way to begin the Alaska Aces' development partnership with the Flames, eh?

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 the-wolf
June 10 2014, 06:34AM
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Yes, but what does it all mean Basil?

Has anyone ever watched this level of hockey before? I can't say that I have. Is it entertaining, bush league, somewhere in-between?

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#3 Millerrr
June 10 2014, 11:44AM
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the-wolf wrote:

Yes, but what does it all mean Basil?

Has anyone ever watched this level of hockey before? I can't say that I have. Is it entertaining, bush league, somewhere in-between?

I live in a city with an ECHL team, and as long as you watch it with realistic expectations, you can see some pretty exciting hockey. It's like a mix between major junior and NCAA hockey

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#4 DragonFlame
June 10 2014, 04:49PM
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Do any of the Aces have a snowball's chance in hell of graduating to Adirondack and pushing for a roster position (eventually) on the Flames?

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#5 Skuehler
June 10 2014, 08:48PM
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Both Elson and Ramage looked good at the Penticton tournament last year. Elson had some wheels and worked hard. Elson's probably slipped down the depth chart is all.

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#6 thymebalm
June 12 2014, 12:11PM
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DragonFlame wrote:

Do any of the Aces have a snowball's chance in hell of graduating to Adirondack and pushing for a roster position (eventually) on the Flames?

Kane Lafranchise.

Started as an injury call-up, eventually pushed Ramage down the depth chart to Alaska, and has the best hockey name of all time.

I really liked his game this year, so did ex-head coach TGW.

I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a full AHL contract this year, following another good season he could get an NHL two somewhere, if not Calgary.

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