December 04 2012 04:37PM
Time: 8:00pm MST
Location: Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre
Boradcast: abbotsfordheat.com, teamradio.ca
The Heat were without the services of both Sven Baertschi and Ben Walter last game, leading to their first regulation defeat on home ice. Although they were able to beat up on the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 the night previous, lacking two of their top six forwards proved too rgeat a challenge to close out the sweep the next night. The club will likely face that challenge again tonight as their injury list continues to get longer.
December 04 2012 01:00PM
As usual, Flames news is thin on the ground at this juncture of the this infernal, perpetual lock-out. Still, there remains one or hockey two items of interest worth considering.
ITEM! Remember when I talked about Joe Colborne as a potential comparable for Mark Jankowski? Well, here's an in-depth discussion of Colborne's struggles this year from McKeen's pro scouting coordinator Gus Katsaros. Let's all agree that if Colborne doesn't improve, he's not a Jankowski comparable. Cool? Cool.
December 04 2012 12:11PM
It's a lockout, but I've barely noticed.
Been very busy over the last few days with a bunch of things, so without further delay, here's a whollllle bunch of KHL games and action from the last few days. Alex Ovechkin's first KHL hat trick, Malkin gets 4 points, and some orgasmic goals. Yes. Orgasimic.
December 04 2012 08:21AM
Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman will not be directly involved in today's meeting between six NHL owners and a select group of NHL players, but don't jump to a conclusion assuming that both sides will suddenly find some common ground with their leaders out of the room.
Bettman has long been the player's whipping boy. They actually believe that he wants to ruin the game and that he's the ultimate puppet master pulling the owner's strings. Meanwhile the NHL is certain that Fehr is not telling the players the truth, even though many of them have been present during most of the negotiations.
The lockout was asinine to begin with, but it's becoming more laughable by the day. It would be great if today's meeting will start an avalanche of positive negotiations, or as Steve Burton reported continue on the "significant progress" they allegedly made yesterday.
December 03 2012 02:19PM
Good fortune continues as our MC Hockey (Marty Clarke) asked Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley for an interview after meeting him at the Kidsport Volunteer breakfast a couple weeks back. Via the kind VP of Communications Peter Hanlon at the Flames, it was arranged and done on Friday November 30.
Big thanks to Mr. Hartley and Mr. Hanlon for their time, graciousness and honesty. And as a bonus I met Canadian figure-skating gold medalist David Pelletier during my visit. During my meeting with Coach Hartley, a number of issues were covered and my transcript with appropriate edits are below with questions and answers getting more interesting and insightful as we went along.
Marty Clarke: How has the adjustment to buying a home and living in Calgary gone for you and your wife? Have you been able to enjoy what the city offers?
Bob Hartley: We have really enjoyed Calgary so far. You can tell it's a sports-minded commmunity and that people are passionate about sport and hockey. There are great people here in the City and with the Flames organization and we have great players on the team who have become ambassadors for the sport and recognized in the city, so that is enjoyable. You can tell hockey is important here as fans want to meet me and I have been to many community events including meeting over 150 coaches and minor hockey clinic we conducted recently.