December 23 2015 11:00AM
The hockey world is beginning to buzz with World Junior anticipation, but another annual tournament will have some Flames flavour to it. According to the American Hockey League's website, the Stockton Heat have loaned captain Aaron Johnson to Team Canada's entry at the Spengler Cup tournament.
First held in 1923, the Spengler Cup is hosted by HC Davos and also includes Switzerland's HC Lugano, Germany's Alder Mannheim, Finland's Jokerit, Russia's Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and Team Canada among its six-team battle for club team glory. Outside of Davos and Canada, the other four teams have tended to vary over the years. Canada last won the tournament in 2012 after the NHL's latest lockout super-charged their roster with NHL talents.
December 22 2015 12:00PM
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After a disappointing end to their four-game road trip, the Calgary Flames try to end their pre-Christmas schedule with a home date with the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets are about as good as the Flames so far this season, and they're coming off a disappointing result last night up in Edmonton against their local hockey club. Hopefully the Flames can get off to a better start than they did on their road trip.
Oh, and bionic Lance Bouma returns from a broken leg tonight (and missing 30 games).
The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
December 21 2015 12:00PM
Nick Schneider has had a very interesting 2015.
The product of Leduc, Alberta polished off a fairly solid 2014-15 campaign as back-up to Marek Langhamer with the Medicine Hat Tigers. His numbers were pretty solid during his first full Western Hockey League season and he was ranked 9th among North American goaltenders by the NHL's Central Scouting Service - all while spending the entire season as a 17-year-old. In June, he went unclaimed in the NHL Draft. In July, he turned 18. In September, he attended Calgary Flames prospect camp in Penticton and got an invite to training camp initially as an extra body to ensure practices had the right ratios - college players typically play the same role in the team's summer development camp.
But injuries and some strong play in scrimmages kept Schneider around and he impressed enough to earn himself an entry-level NHL contract from the Flames - which served the team's interests well, as the three picks they traded for Dougie Hamilton made it hard to grab a depth goaltender at the draft.
We had the chance to catch up with Schneider following Medicine Hat's 7-5 win over the Calgary Hitmen in his first game action in Calgary since signing with the organization. (He made 25 saves in relief to pick up his seventh win of the season.)
December 20 2015 08:15PM
After Saturday afternoon's disappointing loss against St. Louis, the Calgary Flames hoped for a more consistent effort (and two points) tonight in Detroit. Unfortunately, their trip to the Motor City turned into a nightmare in the second period as the Flames gave up three goals in succession after opening the scoring and never really got back into it.
The result? A 4-2 setback to the Red Wings, ending their four-game road trip at two wins and two losses and seemingly halting the momentum they'd built up over the preceding seven games.
December 20 2015 02:58PM
The 2014 NHL Draft probably already seems like a success for the Calgary Flames considering that Sam Bennett, their first round pick, is already an NHL regular. The announcement of Team Canada's roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship probably makes that draft class seem even better.
2014 second round pick Mason McDonald and 2014 third round pick Brandon Hickey were named to the roster for the tournament, which kicks off on Boxing Day in scenic Helsinki, Finland.