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Flames summon Jon Gillies from Stockton on emergency recall

Once word came this morning from the Calgary Flames that goaltender Brian Elliott was ill and Chad Johnson would start, speculation began to run rampant whether Elliott would be able to sit on the bench as a backup. Well, wonder no more: the Flames have officially recalled goaltender Jon Gillies from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat on an emergency basis. Our pal Mark Divver of the Providence Journal hinted at this news earlier today.

Gillies, 23, was the Flames’ third round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – selected after Mark Jankowski and Patrick Sieloff. After three years in the NCAA starting for an up-and-coming Providence College program, Gillies won an NCAA Championship in 2015 and signed with the Flames. He hung around with the team during their two playoff rounds, then headed to Stockton to begin his pro career in 2015-16. His rookie season ended after just seven games due to surgery to correct a lingering hip injury, but he’s played a lot more this season with the Heat.

Presently Stockton is in the midst of a heated playoff run (no pun intended), and Gillies’ recall means that David Rittich will be given the reins for the time being. Originally signed to back Gillies up, Rittich has really pushed him (and at times surpassed him).

Gillies has a 14-14-1 record with a 2.97 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in 34 games played for the Heat this season. For those of you looking to refashion your Paul Byron jerseys, Gillies will wear #32.

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    Interesting….. I thought they may have given the call to David Rittich first as he has been amazing down there. But being on the AHL playoff cusp maybe they wanted Rittich to take the wheel for Stockton. Big game against the San Diego Gulls tonight. Really can’t go wrong with either of these 2 guys!

  • cgyokgn

    Thankfully, Chad is healthy and I’m sure raring to go. It answers the question of when he would be playing next with Elliott getting the lion’s share of games.

  • dontcryWOLF88

    Good for their development, having the up-and-comers around to get a feel for the intensity of the playoff hunt. Even if they dont play a game, they practice with the team and build some connections. Im sure Huska is sweating losing him and Andersson though !