Travis Hamonic absent from Thursday’s practice

Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic was conspicuous by his absence at Thursday afternoon’s practice.

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The blueliner was involved in an early first period fight with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Wednesday night following Gudbranson’s big hit on Flames rookie Dillon Dube – the hit earned the Canucks player an interference penalty.

The fight ended with a big punch from Gudbranson that resulted in Hamonic leaving the Flames bench area, receiving some manner of medical attention, and returning at the tailend of the first period wearing a face shield. He played a regular shift for the remainder of the game.

The Flames host the Canucks on Saturday night.