Powered by quiet strength, TJ Brodie knows what it takes

Patrick Johnston
January 14 2013 12:11PM


'Speak softly but carry a big stick'; Theodore Roosevelt once said that. Whether or not TJ Brodie is a student of presidential history or not, Roosevelt's motto is a perfect fit for the young defenceman. 

Following his 54 game season last year, Brodie was shipped off to the AHL for the duration of the lockout. His puck skills have been clearly NHL-calibre on the farm, but his overall dominance while on the ice for the Heat is what is really worth noting. 

A 'young' 21 when he made his debut, the now 22-year-old Brodie looks set to step forward for the Flames. We caught up with him after Friday night's 3-1 loss to Chicago, before he shipped off to Calgary for training camp.

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Sven Baertschi is Eager and Ready For NHL

Patrick Johnston
January 11 2013 08:46AM

Sven Baertschi was having the kind of first pro season that any team's fans can get excited about. Picking up 17 points in 19 games was a very solid debut to the season; then he went flying into the boards. 

Baertschi sat out the entire month of December recovering. He finally returned last weekend for the two-game set against the Rochester Americans. He picked up an assist and two shots on Friday night, as the Heat went down 5-2 despite firing 50 shots at the Americans' net. Saturday night he looked back to his old self, using his speed to challenge the Amerks' defencemen. He didn't pick up any points but he took four shots.

Late in the third, Sven pulled away from the Rocherster defence only to be hauled down. He didn't score on the subsequent penalty shot, but he showed confidence. Despite being just 20 years old and 20 games into his pro career, Baertschi looks ready to make the parent club.

After Saturday's game we caught up with Sven and talked about his comeback from injury, World Juniors, Swiss hockey and his hockey memories.

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Brett Kulak looking for positives

Patrick Johnston
November 30 2012 01:43PM



If ever there was a season that could be held up about the way plans can change in junior hockey, the current edition of the Vancouver Giants would be one. Always expected to be a battling team rather than a dominant team, troubles in goal and a lack of forward depth has pushed the Giants into full-on rebuilding mode.

Going into the season, the Giants knew they had holes but they didn't think that defence would be an issue. They had two highly-touted NHL prospects in David Musil and Brett Kulak to lead they way.

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Max Reinhart, one-on-one

Patrick Johnston
October 22 2012 11:48AM



(Patrick johnston was at the Heat/Wolves game Saturday night. He got a chance to speak to Max Reinhart after the game)

How do you get a hockey player to give answers that might provide a hint of insight? Ask them questions that don't relate to their current season, game, or even moment. The professional hockey player has heard so many questions so many times before, it's a challenge to give them something different to work with. Here's one reporter's attempt to be different.

FlamesNation caught up with Max Reinhart after Abbotsford's 4-1 win over Chicago on Saturday night. We told him it would be five questions, but it ended up being seven. 

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Prospect Profile: Brett Kulak Looking to Step up

Patrick Johnston
October 01 2012 11:38AM



(Patrick Johnston is a Canucks Army contributor and freelance journalist. He managed to catch up to the Vancouver Giants and Brett Kulak last week and asked him a few questions on FN's behalf)

A player known for his hockey sense, both Flames and Vancouver Giants fans expect big things from 2012 fourth rounder Brett Kulak. He's had a busy hockey year; first making the Giants, growing his game, playing in the prospects contest, being drafted by an NHL squad and then attending prospects' camp this summer. Now it's back to Vancouver for a second full season in the WHL.

Like any prospect on track to make the NHL, Brett Kulak's coach expects a big step forward in his play.

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