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The Calgary Wranglers begin their second training camp on Sunday

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Photo credit:David Moll/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
6 months ago
After winning two division titles in two seasons in two cities, the Calgary Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Calgary Wranglers, are back for their second season in town! They begin their second training camp on Sunday, beginning their gradual march to their season-opening game on Oct. 13.
Here’s a rundown of who’s headed to Wranglers camp (so far).
With the NHL camp happening at the same time and 42 players still with the Flames’ group, the initial AHL group is a mix of long-term AHL veterans and some ECHL players

Goaltenders

Three goaltenders are in Wranglers camp to start:
  • Matt Radomsky (24), who’s on an AHL deal and attended Flames development camp, rookie camp and main camp. He’s entering his first pro season after a college run with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and College of the Holy Cross.
  • Connor Murphy (25), who’s on an AHL deal and attended Flames development camp, rookie camp and main camp. He’s entering his first pro season after a college run with Union College.
  • Matt Vernon (25), the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Vernon who’s on an ECHL deal with the Jacksonville Icemen. He’s entering his first pro season after a college run with Colorado College.

Defencemen

  • Jarrod Gourley (24), who’s on an AHL deal and attended Flames development camp, rookie camp and main camp. He’s a second-year pro, having split last season between the AHL’s Utica Comets and the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder. He appeared in the ECHL’s all-star game.
  • Sam Jardine (30), who’s on an ECHL deal with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. A Chicago draft pick back in 2011, he’s been a full-time pro since 2015 and split his time between the AHL, ECHL and Europe. He’s won the ECHL’s championship twice.
  • Charles Martin (25), who’s on an ECHL deal with the Rapid City Rush. He’s a first-year pro after four seasons with the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
  • Will Riedell (26), who’s not on any announced deals with any team as of yet. He’s entering his second full pro season, and split last season between the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda and the ECHL’s Savannah Ghost Pirates.
  • Carter Robertson (23), who’s on an ECHL deal with Rapid City. He’s entering his fourth pro season after spending four seasons in the OHL. He’s primarily played in the ECHL, with a season spent in Slovakia and five games in the AHL.

Forwards

  • Parker Bell (20), who’s entering the first year of his entry-level deal. He’s a 2022 fifth-round selection and has spent much of the past four seasons with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans.
  • Mark Duarte (21), who’s on an AHL deal and attended Flames development camp, rookie camp and main camp. He spent the last four seasons in the OHL with the Soo Greyhounds and Hamilton Bulldogs.
  • Alex Gallant (30), who’s on an AHL deal and attended Flames main camp. Gallant is entering his fifth AHL season in the Flames system. He’s a physical presence and a steady veteran. He was at Flames main camp.
  • Riley Ginnell (20), who’s on an ECHL deal with Rapid City. A Calgary product, Ginnell is a WHL kid who played with Brandon, Regina and Moose Jaw.
  • Keltie Jeri-Leon (23), who’s on an ECHL deal with Rapid City. Another western kid, he played in the WHL with Tri-City, Lethbridge, Kamloops and Seattle, and is entering his third pro season.
  • Rory Kerins (21), who’s entering the second year of his entry-level deal. A 2020 sixth-round pick, he spent his junior years with the OHL’s Soo Greyhound and bounced between the Wranglers and Rapid City last season.
  • Mitch McLain (29), who’s on an AHL deal. He’s entering his sixth season and quietly had a really great season last year in a checking role with the Wranglers. He was at Flames main camp.
  • Ilya Nikolaev (22), who’s entering the second year of his entry-level deal. A 2019 third-round pick, he’s bounced between Russian minor-pro, Russian junior, the USHL, the ECHL and the AHL since being drafted. He spent last season split between the Wranglers and Rapid City.
  • Jimmy Soper (28), who’s on an ECHL deal with Rapid City. He’s entering his seventh pro season, and he’s played all over minor pro over his career – including the Federal League, the SPHL and the ECHL.
  • William Stromgren (20), who’s entering the first year of his entry-level deal. A 2020 second-round pick, he’s played pro and junior in Sweden since being drafted.
  • Brett Sutter (36), who’s on an AHL deal. Darryl’s eldest son and a sixth-round pick way back in 2005, Brett’s turned into one of the most decorated players in AHL history. He’s entering his second season as Wranglers captain after putting together a really strong season in 2022-23. He was at Flames main camp.
These are the players listed on the Wranglers’ roster to start, but more familiar faces will appear in Wranglers camp as the Flames continue trimming down the NHL camp’s roster.

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