July 07 2016 11:00AM
Brandon Hickey had an interesting season last year.
On one hand, the 2014 Calgary Flames third round selection completed his sophomore season with the Boston University Terriers and made an appearance at the World Junior Championship with Team Canada – an acknowledgement of his superb skill and strong placement relative to the other blueliners in his age group. (And it's fairly rare for a bunch of Canadian Hockey League coaches to bring along a player from the NCAA, so it's a big deal.)
On the other hand, the Terriers failed to repeat the success of their 2014-15 season where they went to the NCAA championship final, and Hickey himself saw his offensive totals cut in half from his freshman year.
We chatted with the Drew Doughty lookalike (he has shaggy hair and a Doughty-esque beard now) during Flames development camp.
July 07 2016 08:00AM
It's no secret that the Calgary Flames seem to be relying on the U.S. college system as a development mechanism, frequently selecting college-bound players from the United States Hockey League and the high school system in recent drafts.
The Flames' 2016 third round selection Adam Fox (most recently of the U.S. National Development Program) is the latest draftee headed to the NCAA, as he's headed to the hallowed halls of Harvard in the fall. We caught up with Fox at development camp.
July 06 2016 01:45PM
After yesterday's speculation as to former Ottawa Senators Head Coach Dave Cameron and Utica Comets' assistant Paul Jerrard it appears the Calgary Flames have made their hiring official. There is rational concern amidst Cameron's disappointing results, though even more intriguing to this hiring is the now three assistant coaches behind the bench.
July 06 2016 11:00AM
In many ways, the fact that Calgary Flames development camp is at the Winsport complex at Canada Olympic Park is fitting because it has allowed Dillon Dube's year to come full circle. In just 12 short months, the trajectory of his hockey career has changed drastically.
July 06 2016 08:00AM
The world's changed quite a bit since the 2012 NHL Draft.
Oil prices crashed. Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada. The United Kingdom "brexited," whatever that means. The Flames drafted Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett in the first round, and both made the jump directly to the NHL. Meanwhile, 2012 first round selection Mark Jankowski was plying his trade in the NCAA with the Providence College Friars, biding his time.
Four years and a national championship later, Jankowski has an entry-level NHL contract and will finally be making the jump to professional hockey – following in the footsteps of a dozen players drafted after he was.