July 29 2013 08:11AM
A year ago, Mark Jankowski entered Calgary Flames development camp as an enigma. Who was this lanky kid and how was he going to turn into Joe Nieuwendyk and save the franchise? A year later, Jankowski is no longer quite as lanky and is slightly less of a kid after a year in college. He's also filled out a bit and he's celebrated his 18th birthday – and is closing in on his 19th birthday in mid-September. When speaking to the assembled media during development camp, he noted he felt much more comfortable there this time around.
July 26 2013 12:04PM
Turner Elson's got a great hockey name and a great hockey story. Originally from New Westminster, BC, Elson took the non-traditional approach to the NHL. He was a star in midget but had unspectacular numbers in bantam, so he wasn't grabbed in the WHL's Bantam Draft. So he walked onto the Red Deer Rebels and became a regular player and eventually team captain.
July 24 2013 08:26AM
Let's be honest - the Calgary Flames have had a pretty rough time drafting and developing goalies over the past 10 to 15 years (or since Mike Vernon if you want to get technical). 2006 first round pick Leland Irving has quietly departed the organization, while recent history has names like Kevin Lalande, Matt Keetley, James Spratt, Curtis “McBackup” McElhinney and Andrei Medvedev as painful reminders of their inability to home grow netminders.
July 22 2013 08:17AM
Of the three first round picks that the Calgary Flames made in the 2013 NHL Draft, Morgan Klimchuk may have been accompanied by the least pomp and circumstance. Sean Monahan was chosen with the highest draft choice the club has had in years. Emile Poirier was chosen a bit off board when high scoring, Calgary-born Hunter Shinkaruk was still available, so he gets some special attention for that.
July 19 2013 01:18PM
With Olympic participation official, the NHL announced the 2013-14 schedule this morning. For your Calgary Flames, there are some good and bad aspects to it. Here's a quick and dirty rundown.