September 18 2015 08:30AM
Today's the first official day of 2015-16 Calgary Flames training camp over at Winsport.
The day kicks off with a short practice for Group A (Team McDonald) at 9am, followed by Group A (McDonald) taking on Group B (Nieuwendyk) in a short scrimmage at 10. That's followed by a practice for Group B at 11 and a practice for Group C (McCrimmon) at noon. The McCrimmon practice is on Arena C, while everything else is at the Joan Snyder rink (Arena B) at Winsport. For convenience, they're right beside each other.
Who's on the two scrimmage teams, you may ask?
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September 18 2015 06:45AM
Jake Virtanen stands out in Van, Harvey the Hound one of Flames All-time greats, Nylander will make it hard on Leafs, Ehlers ready to make the jump, protecting Connor McDavid, the NHL's growing image problem and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
September 17 2015 05:33PM
On March 28, 2013, the Calgary Flames traded away Jarome Iginla, the best player in franchise history. The transaction was basically a white flag, a sign from the team's hockey operations department that the old direction was the wrong one and that the organization needed a full-scale rebuild.
Here we are, just two and a half years later, and suddenly the Flames are opening their 36th training camp in Calgary with a sense of expectation. Last season, the Flames returned to the post-season for the first time since 2009. Starting tomorrow, 64 players are vying to form the roster that not only takes the Flames back to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but maybe even go further than they did last season.
The Flames also have tons of potential wrinkles in camp:
- Three goalies!
- A bunch of veteran try-out defensemen!
- More forward depth (of depth forwards) that you can shake a stick at!
Here's what you need to know about one of the most interesting (and arguably most important) training camps in recent franchise history.
September 17 2015 03:00PM
The final member of the FlamesNation All-Time Flames Team is pretty obvious. He's got seniority on the rest of the team. He's suited up for more games than anybody else, even the great Jarome Iginla.
He's also a six-foot-tall anthropomorphic dog.
The National Hockey League's first official team mascot, Harvey the Hound, is the final member of our team.
September 17 2015 09:00AM
Way, way, way back in the dark days of the Flames #goingforit with older players and nary a prospect capable of replacing them, there was one small spot of light. During one of the Penticton tournaments, people started noticing him.
He took place in the form of a skinny kid wearing #66, and his name was T.J. Brodie.