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Who is the Flames top prospect?

Over the past few seasons, two things have happened to the Calgary Flames fairly regularly. They’ve drafted well and have usually had a standout prospect. But they’ve also regularly graduated their top kids to the National Hockey League level fairly rapidly.

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WHL has first player granted ‘exceptional status’

History was made earlier this week as for the first time in its history, the Western Hockey League has had a player granted exceptional status. 15-year-old forward Connor Bedard, a British Columbia product, received the designation from Hockey Canada.

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What would summer playoff hockey look like?

The National Hockey League has had a few conference calls over the past few days, updating both the Board of Governors and the general managers about the ongoing pause in the 2019-20 season related to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s beginning to look a lot like we may be looking at Stanley Cup playoff hockey… in…

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Colton Poolman named NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year

One of the two newest Calgary Flames has earned some hardware from his final collegiate season. Blueliner Colton Poolman – officially signed by the Flames last week – has been named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Defensive Defenseman of the Year.

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Whatever happened to the original Atlanta Flames?

Way, way back in the 1970s, the Flames franchise was merely a notion. The National Hockey League approved a pair of franchises – to play in Long Island and Atlanta – to counter the growth of the rival World Hockey Association. On June 6, 1972, rookie general manager Cliff Fletcher and his crew hunkered down…

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CHL cancels playoffs and Memorial Cup

As the coronavirus restrictions continue, we have some bad news sports fans. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Canadian Hockey League – the organizing body for the three major junior leagues in Canada – is expected to cancel the playoffs for major junior hockey as well as the 2020 Memorial Cup. (Update: they have indeed…

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Flames have mixed results with college free agents

We had actual hockey news last week as the Calgary Flames landed a pair of coveted college free agents. Connor Mackey and Colton Poolman are the two newest Flames. Since Brad Treliving has been Flames general manager, though, the Flames haven’t had amazing results with college signings.

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Who is the linear Stanley Cup Champion?

It’s not entirely clear right now whether or not the National Hockey League will be able to have a full playoffs, or even a post-season of any kind. So if we’re trying to figure out who the NHL’s top squad was in 2019-20, we might need to get creative. Taking a page from the world…

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What are the Flames getting in Connor Mackey and Colton Poolman?

We had some honest to goodness hockey news on Friday, as the Calgary Flames added a pair of sought-after collegiate defenders in the form of Minnesota State’s Connor Mackey and North Dakota’s Colton Poolman. But just what are the Flames gaining in these two left shot blueliners, aside from two players who have experience against…

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Three Hitmen players are about to age out of junior

The 2019-20 regular season has been completed by the Calgary Hitmen, albeit with four fewer games than intended due to the coronavirus stoppage (and season cancellation). The playoff future of the team is unclear, but what we do know is three Hitmen players have played their final regular season contests in the WHL.