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Halloween Spooktacular

Posted 31 Oct 2009 — by admin
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The Detroit Red Wings are in town tonight to face the Flames for the
first time this season. One-time Flames winger Todd Bertuzzi will make
his return to the Saddledome. The game will be aired on CBC at 8pm as
part of a Halloween triple-header.

Fans will definitely be dressed up, and there's sure to be many of the
perennial favourites like pirates, princesses, referees, ghosts and
goblins. But the 2 big questions are: how many Balloon Boys will we
see in the stands; and will anyone actually dress up as a pig.

Dress-up fun aside, this promises to be a good game. Both teams are
looking to get back to their winning ways after the Red Wings lost in
Edmonton and the Flames lost to Colorado earlier this week. Games
between the Flames and Wings tend to be unpredictable, physical and
exciting. I already predicted a 4-3 Flames win on Twitter so I'll be
held to this by my followers for sure.

Making his return to the Flames lineup is Dustin Boyd who has been in
bed all week with flu-like symptoms. Nobody will be happier than Eric
Nystrom who will be able to play with his roommate and buddy again.
The implication for Flames fans is that Nystrom will probably score a
goal.

Here are the reported line-ups for the Flames:
Dawes-Langkow-Bourque
Glencross-Conroy-Iginla
Sjostrom-Jokinen-Moss
Prust-Boyd-Nystrom

Regehr-Phaneuf
Sarich-Bouwmeester
Giordano-Kronwall

And guess what?! Kipper will be in net!

Whatever your plans are, have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Hey There Iginla

Posted 12 Apr 2009 — by admin
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Ok… So the home-made style video is a bit cheezy but its playoff time… And fans like a good song about their favourite player. Start your Flames overdosing with this one.

Short-Handed Hat Trick

Posted 27 Oct 2008 — by admin
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Here’s something you don’t see everyday… a Short-Handed Hat Trick.

Minnesota State University’s Zach Harrison scored 3 short-handed goals recently in a game against the University of North Dakota. Check out the video… unbelievable!!

Canuck loss secures playoff berth for the Flames

Posted 03 Apr 2008 — by admin
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The Calgary Flames lost in Minnesota by a score of 3-1, but they still ended the night with a spot in the playoffs after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1.

Vancouver’s loss secured a spot in the playoffs for the Flames for the 4th straight season. It also gave the Nashville Predators a place in the Post-Season action.

New Flames Coach Mike Keenan

Posted 14 Jun 2007 — by admin
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The Calgary Flames have hired Mike Keenan as their new coach, The Canadian Press reported Wednesday night.

The Canadian Press, citing people close to the hiring, reported an official announcement is expected Thursday. The Flames have scheduled a news conference for Thursday where Keenan’s hiring is expected to be announced.

Standby for more news on this!!!

Flames Spearhead the Green Push

Posted 20 May 2007 — by admin
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I just read this article in the Montreal Gazette. It makes me proud to be a Flames fan and see what the Flames players do to go above and beyond off the ice.

MONTREAL — The Calgary Flames wear red uniforms, but some of them are also going green — buying carbon offsets to cover air travel and hotels while they’re on the road with the NHL.

Buying carbon offsets to neutralize green-house gas emissions is one way for individuals to shrink their “carbon footprints,” said David Taylor, director of communications for the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver.

For NHLers, flying accounts for the biggest part of their carbon footprints. Taylor said carbon offsets include projects like funding renewable energy projects in a developing country.

“The reason I went carbon neutral is that I enjoy the outdoors and want to preserve the environment as much as possible for myself and hopefully my children one day to enjoy,” Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr is quoted as saying on the David Suzuki Foundation website. “It has changed me by raising awareness of my everyday impact on the environment.”

Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference, who spearheaded the players’ green initiative when he was with the Flames, is an outdoorsman who became concerned about the environment while surfing in the Pacific Ocean off California five years ago.

“I could taste gasoline in the water,” he said. “There was a refinery just down the beach and I just really clicked and said, ‘Gosh, this ain’t right.’ That was the real tipping point for me.”

Ference now does his part by driving a hybrid car, uses wind power for his home, and is spreading the word to other NHL players about becoming “carbon neutral.”

“Guys like Rhett Warrener and Jarome Iginla are on board now, Chuck Kobasew, but we’re just getting started,” Ference said.

“I’m pushing hard for the NHL and the NHLPA to be very proactive … just the statement that it makes as a professional league, I think, would be tremendous.”

“I’m very happy to see NHL players taking action on global warming,” environmentalist David Suzuki said recently. “I hope other athletes and Canadians will be encouraged to follow their example by reducing and offsetting their emissions.”

Taylor said NHL players are acting individually, not through their respective clubs.

Flames Farm Team May Move From Omaha

Posted 18 May 2007 — by admin
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Taken from SLAM! Sports:

The Calgary Flames will reportedly move their AHL farm team from Omaha after two seasons and relocate the squad to the Iowa/Illinois area known as the Quad-Cities.

When contacted last night by the Omaha World-Herald, Flames president Ken King would neither confirm nor deny the move.

“I’d love to help you with it but it would be inappropriate of me to say anything at this time,” he said. “What’s most important is the development of our players.”

King couldn’t be reached for comment last night by the Sun.

According to the World-Herald, the Knights — who were third worst in AHL attendance — will leave after failing to carve a niche in the city that also has a USHL junior team and a popular NCAA club.

The Knights lost US $4 million over the two seasons.

Knights president Ren Smith told the World-Herald he was unaware of a move, noting the team was selling season ticket packages for next season.

“As far as I know, nothing has been determined,” Smith said. “I know we’ve done everything we possibly can to make this franchise work.”

Motivational Video

Posted 10 Oct 2006 — by admin
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The Flames could use a motivational video like this one before their games to get pumped up. Sure it’s a bit old… but you get the picture.

Flames Annual Checkup

Posted 31 Aug 2006 — by admin
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It’s just over a month until the opening night of the 2006-2007 NHL season, so it’s time for the Red Mile Blog to give the Calgary Flames its annual checkup.

Health History
The Flames left the 2006 season healthy, but unhappy. They had few injuries, and a strong team, which was good for off-season trades and development. The Flames’ unhappiness stemmed from a first round loss to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, which also hurt the pride of their loyal fans. It seems we were all ready for Iggy to raise the Stanley Cup this year despite the fact that Sports Illustrated chose the Flames as the most likely Cup winners this year. But the jinx (and the pressure) is off this season, as SI has chosen Buffalo Sabres to win the cup… and Calgary is looking good.

Vital Signs

Goaltending
Rating: A+
Calgary has the Vezina Trophy holder in Miikka Kiprusoff, and he’s as strong as ever. Most Goaltenders get better with age, and Kipper will be turning 30 this October. As far as goaltenders go, that’s known as ‘his prime’. I look forward to another MVP/ Vezina-style year from Kipper.

Defence
Rating: A
Calgary has arguably one of the best defence teams in the league. When they bring back Robyn Regehr, Dion Phaneuf, Rhett Warrener, Roman Hamrlik, and Brad Ference the Flames ‘D’ are looking pretty solid. In the off season, GM Darryly Sutter added veteran shot blocker Andrei Zyuzin, as well as Andrew Ference, who have both proven they can play the Flames style of defence. Look for Regehr and Hamrlik to continue leading the Flames defence, but keep your eyes on Phaneuf. He is coming off a fantastic rookie season where he was mentioned in the same breath as superstars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. These two forwards are the only reason Phaneuf did not walk out of the 2006 NHL Awards with the Calder Trophy.

Forwards
Rating: B+
The Flames offensive production lies heavily on the shoulders of Jarome Iginla, and last year’s addition of Tony Amonte did little to ease this burdon. However, Sutter made one key trade in the offseason to acquire Alex Tanguay from Colorado. Tanguay has averages 67 points per season for his 6 year career. He’s used to playing with the league’s best players (having spent most of his time alongside Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk), and should provide some much needed offensive spark for Calgary. The Flames also have face-off specialist Stefan Yelle, and offensively talented Swede Kristian Huselius

Coaching and Management
Rating: A
Darryl Sutter announced that he was stepping down as the Flames head coach this summer to focus on his role as General Manager. He was instrumental reviving a slumping Flames Organization and assembling the Calgary Flames teams that ran to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004 and won the Northwest Division in 2006. His experience as a GM will go a long way for the Flames in the future, so look for some good moves from Sutter to further strengthen the Flames roster this season.

Sutter chose his former Assistant Coach Jim Playfair to replace him. I believe this is a good choice and it will be a successful change for the Flames. Playfair is a great coach and he knows the system that has worked for Calgary in the past. He also knows the players and has a good reputation with them. His work ethic will prevail, and I look forward to a good season with Jim behind the bench. Playfair’s Assistant Coach will be Wayne Fleming, who brings 3 seasons as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and several international coaching assignments with Team Canada at the World Championships and the Olympics. (Anyone remember who won in 2002? Wayne was right there behind the bench).

Specialty

Tough Guy
Rating B+
Calgary said goodbye to tough guy Chris Simon, and welcomes Eric Goddard to their roster this year. In Simon, the Flames lost a serious scrapper who could also score a goal or two when needed. In

Stanley Cup Champions
Rating B
The Calgary Flames now have a few more players that have raised the Stanley Cup over their heads. This is important to note for a team that is in such good shape as the Flames, as this ‘to the bitter end’ experience will help them in the Playoffs this season. Here’s a list of the Flames who are already Stanley Cup Champions:
Darren McCarty (Detroit 1997, 1998, 2002)
Alex Tanguay (Colorado 2001)
Jeff Friesen (New Jersey 2003)

Fans
Rating A+
The City of Calgary broke through the 1 Million residents barrier this summer. It is experiencing an economic boom, and people are living the good life. This is good for the Flames. The Calgary Flames fans still remember Lanny McDonald, Jim Peplinski and Al Macinnis raising the cup in 1989, and the run to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004. They are as Cup Crazy as ever. Last season could have been nicknamed ’sellout season’ and ticket sales will be great again this season. Seasons tickets went on sale a couple of days ago, and they are already being snatched up like wildfire. With solid ticket sales, loud and crazy fans, and a city that supports their team, the Calgary Flames look like they are a real contender this season. I look forward to partying with you all on the Red Mile next spring!!!

2006-2007 NHL Schedule Released

Posted 12 Jul 2006 — by admin
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According to the 2006-2007 schedule released today on NHL.com, The Calgary Flames will start their season on the road in Edmonton. They will play on October 5th in Edmonton, and then will return home to play the Oilers in the Saddledome on October 7th.

The Flames schedule looks decent to me. December and January will be interesting, though. December features a 6-game, western conference road trip just before Christmas, followed by a 2-game home-away series with Vancouver, and then 6 games at home to start 2007.

New Years Eve should be a party, with the Flames playing at home against the Oilers.

Though the last 10 games of the season are evenly split between home and away, I’m not to pleased to see that 5 of the last 7 games are on the road. The positive side of Calgary’s drive to the 2007 Playoffs will be the last game at home vs. Edmonton.

Alright… it’s time to start planning my winter!