2014 World Juniors Preview: The Gillies Show

Ryan Pike
December 25 2013 12:20PM

Folks, Christmas time in the hockey world means there's time off to enjoy the loving embrace of kith and kin.

But it also means that the IIHF Under-20 World Hockey Championships is also upon us. Kicking off each year on Boxing Day in some exotic locale, the tournament pits the best players under the age of 20 against each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. Traditionally, the Calgary Flames have several players represented in this year's tournament. However, despite having a strong 2013 NHL Draft class, the Flames only have one prospect in the tournament, kicking off tomorrow in scenic Malmo, Sweden.

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Happy Holidays Nations

Kent Wilson
December 25 2013 08:06AM



About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror).

Flash forward 12 months and we're bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation on its feet (with the help of some great new contributors). We have some big plans for the future and will likely be adding even more content, gear, features, contests and fantasy type games very soon.

Of course, none of this is possible without all of our readers. So thank you for sticking with us through the dark times and continuting to make writing and reading here interesting, challenging, fun and rewarding.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

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Bleeding Red: Mark Giordano's Rise To The Captaincy

Steve Macfarlane
December 24 2013 09:50AM



(photo via Sabresfreak )

As hockey fans the world over prepare to enjoy their holiday season, we here at FlamesNation wish you all the best during this festive time and have a bit of a gift for you all - the latest tome from the great Steve MacFarlane.

It's about the incredible and unlikely rise of Flames captain Mark Giordano. We hope you like it.


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Post Game: Flames Stun Blues

Taylor McKee
December 23 2013 10:24PM

Pic via PaulSh

The Blues are a very good hockey team. They a strong, tough, skilled, insanely deep on defence and they have two above average goaltenders. The Flames have Chris Breen, Reto Berra, and David Jones. So, I am sure that Flames fans weren't expecting a lot from this game.  

What the Flames faithful got in the last game before the Christmas break was a thrilling, combeack 4-3 Flames shootout win thanks to a tying marker that came with 4.2 seconds remaining in the third and a shootout winner from Joe Colborne. 

This was the first game back from a five-game road trip that the Flames faired about as well as anyone could have hoped, losing frequently but competing . Their last game was a 4-3 afternoon loss to the Penguins in which the Flames played well but let's face it, if they played that game 25 times, the Penguins probably win 24 times. In no uncertain terms, the Blues were a better club coming into tonight's game but the Flames managed to scrape out a clutch victory and send the dome faithful home with a smile.

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FGD: The Return of the Bluesmeester

Byron Bader
December 23 2013 12:31PM



-Pic via Victoria Geisz

Tonight, in the last game before the Christmas break, the Calgary Flames (13-17-6) will host the St. Louis Blues (24-7-4). Tonight is somewhat of a special affair as Jay Bouwmeester will make his return to the Saddledome for the first time since the trade last Spring.

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