Calgary Flames announce 2023-24 prospect training camp roster and schedule

Photo credit:Rob Wilton/Vancouver Giants
Ryan Pike
7 months ago
Friends, it’s finally time for hockey to return.
The Calgary Flames released the roster and schedule for their 2023-24 prospect training camp on Monday. The bulk of said camp will see the Flames participate in the 2023 edition of the Young Stars Classic tournament in Penticton!
Let’s dive into the roster and schedule!
The Flames invited 25 players to camp. Among the notables appearing for the Flames include 2023 first-rounder Samuel Honzek, 2021 first-rounder Matt Coronato, second-rounders Etienne Morin (2023) and William Strömgren (2021), and 2020 third-rounder Jeremie Poirier!

Goaltenders (3)

No.PlayerAge2022-23 Teams(s)
40Jari Kykkanen (ATO)19Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
81Connor Murphy (AHL)24Union College (NCAA)
50Matt Radomsky (AHL)24U. of Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA)
(College prospect Arsenii Sergeev is already at school, while Russian prospect Yegor Yegorov has already begun his season.)
The three goaltenders who were at development camp are back! Murphy and Radomsky have AHL deals for this season, Kykkanen does not. All three are new faces, and none of the goalies from last year’s Penticton roster are back this year.

Defensemen (9)

No.PlayerAgeShot2022-23 Team(s)
53Charles Cote (ATO)19LRimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
44Mikael Diotte (ATO)20RDrummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
36Tyson Galloway (ATO)20LCalgary Hitmen (WHL)
96Jarrod Gourley (AHL)24LUtica Comets (AHL)
Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
37Yan Kuznetsov21LCalgary Wranglers (AHL)
94Quinn Mantei (ATO)18LBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
45Donovan McCoy (ATO)18RPeterborough Petes (OHL)
59Etienne Morin18LMoncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Canada (U18s)
72Jeremie Poirier21LCalgary Wranglers (AHL)
(College prospect Jake Boltmann is back at school, while Axel Hurtig is recovering from shoulder surgery – it’s unclear if he’s going to be playing in Sweden or with the Hitmen, but his season will have a delayed start regardless of where he lands.)
The Flames have three of their own prospects in camp: Kuznetsov and Poirier (both returning from 2022’s Penticton roster) and Morin, who’s newly-drafted. The remainder of the blueline group are returnees from development camp. Keep an eye on Gourley: he’s already got an AHL deal and played in the ECHL All-Star Game a year ago.

Forwards (13)

No.PlayerAgeShot2022-23 Team(s)
87Parker Bell19LTri-City Americans (WHL)
74Lucas Ciona20LSeattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
39Matt Coronato20LHarvard University (NCAA)
Calgary (NHL)
United States (WHC)
93Mark Duarte (AHL)20RSoo Greyhounds (OHL)
42Samuel Honzek18LVancouver Giants (WHL)
Slovakia (WJC)
86Rory Kerins21LCalgary Wranglers (AHL)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
43Adam Klapka23RCalgary Wranglers (AHL)
73Jaden Lipinski18RVancouver Giants (WHL)
77Ilya Nikolaev22LCalgary Wranglers (AHL)
Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
56Oliver Peer (ATO)20RWindsor Spitfires (OHL)
92Nathan Pilling (ATO)19LEdmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
65William Strömgren20LRögle BK (J20/CHL)
Brynäs IF (SHL/J20/CHL)
Calgary Wranglers (AHL)
Sweden (WJC)
51Oliver Tulk (ATO)18RCalgary Hitmen (WHL)
(Topi Rönni has started his season in Finland, Cade Littler is about to start his USHL season, and Aydar Suniev is already at college.)
The forward group has a lot of interesting players this year. Back from last year’s Penticton roster are Bell, Ciona, Kerins, Klapka and Nikolaev. It’s the first crack at Penticton for Coronato and Honzek, as well as Lipinski and Strömgren. If Coronato’s going to carve out an NHL roster spot, his journey will start with an impressive tournament.
Meanwhile, Ciona’s 20 and has an NHL deal. But Bell is about to turn 20, and he’s not yet signed. Bell has a legitimate shot at an entry-level deal with a good week or two in camp.

The schedule

The prospects do medicals and fitness testing, then hit the ice for the first time at Winsport on Thursday before jetting off to B.C.
The Flames will play three games in Penticton, with all three games carried on the Flames website (as per previous years, within the Flames broadcast region) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan:
  • Fri., Sept. 15: Flames vs. Canucks (8:30 p.m. MT)
  • Sat., Sept. 16: Flames vs. Oilers (8:30 p.m. MT)
  • Mon., Sept. 18: Flames vs. Jets (11 a.m. MT)

Check out these posts...