One-on-One with Abbotsford Head Coach Troy G. Ward

Ryan Pike
December 03 2013 12:57PM


(photo courtesy the Abbotsford Heat)


Anybody hoping that the rebuild for the franchise will be a quick one are probably keeping tabs on the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, and they're probably pretty impressed by their performance thus far.

At the beginning of Decemberbthe Heat sit with a 17-6-0-2 record, good for first overall in the AHL. Better yet, the team's doing it with a roster almost entirely bereft of veterans, with the possible exception of goaltender Joey MacDonald and team captain Dean Arsene.

Last week I had the chance to have a phone conversation with Abbotsford head coach Troy G. Ward, now in his third year at the helm of Calgary's farmhands.

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Random Thoughts - Let's Talk Hartley

Kent Wilson
December 03 2013 10:24AM



There isn't a lot to talk about in Flamesland these days. The injuries have piled up and, predictably, so have the losses.

Perhaps the primary bone of contention is the coaching, thanks to Bob Hartley's predilection for controversial or at least counter-intuitive choices now and then. The focus on the Flames bench boss will likely increase in the wake of Scott Parker's recent accusations in the Denver Post, to say nothing of the continued scratching of assets like Sven Baertschi.

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Your Graphic Guide To 2014

Graphic Comments
December 03 2013 08:46AM

Give the gift of time!

It's like Christmas, your birthday and April Fool's Day all wrapped up in one!

This year, you can give the gift of time.

And I don't mean a lousy wristwatch. I mean, they can't even be bothered to put a full day on a watch. Twelve hours, sheesh.

No, instead of a measly twelve hours, you can give out twelve months! That's like giving someone 365 watches. How generous is that?!!

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The Weekly Ignition: December 2 2013

Ryan Pike
December 02 2013 12:06PM



The month of November is now officially in the rear-view mirror, and we're about to hit the fun part of the year: December. It's a month full of Teddy Bear Tosses, the World Juniors and a lot of NHL hockey. Heck, Jarome Iginla makes his return to Calgary in a couple of weeks.

But before we can dive into December, let's take a quick look back at the tail-end of November!

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Tyler Seguin: What If?

Christian Roatis
December 02 2013 09:43AM

It was June 29th, the eve of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I was sitting comfortably on my couch, watching the always excellent TSN panel preview the draft and discuss potential trades that were brewing then.

Carolina was shopping their 5th overall pick and were looking for a defenseman in return. Vancouver was working on trading a goaltender (wrongly presumed by many, including myself, to be Luongo) and the Bruins were in serious discussions with a few teams in regards to dealing Tyler Seguin. Oh yeah, and the Flames were one of the teams in on the former 2nd overall pick.

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