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Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19: Flames announce temporary layoffs, wage reductions for full-time staff

With the COVID-19 pandemic pausing play, Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation — the company that owns the NHL’s Flames, the CFL’s Stampeders and two other local teams — has laid off approximately half of its full-time workforce for a 60-day period. That move, announced Monday, will impact about 150 employees. The remaining staff will face […]
Mar 27, 2020

Flames captain Giordano holds out hope for ‘one of the best playoffs ever’

Joining a hat-trick of Pacific Division foes Friday on a media video conference, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano couldn’t resist a friendly dig at Edmonton Oilers speed demon Connor McDavid and fellow forward Bo Horvat of the Vancouver Canucks.
Mar 25, 2020

Flames try to stay prepared, productive during COVID-19 pause

These are fierce competitors. So it should hardly come as a surprise that some of the Calgary Flames, despite being separated in self-isolation for the past two weeks, are still finding ways to go toe-to-socially-distanced-toe during the NHL’s pandemic pause. “For the guys that are still in Calgary, our bikes from the gym were distributed […]
Mar 24, 2020

Flames prospects Pelletier, Zavgorodniy look to future after junior season ends

Plus-minus can be a misleading stat. But when you’re this far on the bright side, it can’t be anything but a very good sign. Calgary Flames first-round pick Jakob Pelletier posted a plus-57 rating in the now-truncated season, the second-best mark in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and good for fifth among the 1,200-plus […]
Mar 21, 2020

COVID-19: Calgary Flames Foundation donates $1.15 million to support agencies

The Calgary Flames Foundation will dole out $1.15 million in donations as part of a COVID-19 community support program. The seven-figure initiative was announced Saturday, with a lengthy list of organizations — ranging from the Calgary Food Bank to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter to four mental-health resources and five agencies that provide aid to […]
Mar 21, 2020

College coach believes Flames signing Connor Mackey has bright future

Mike Hastings, over the phone from Mankato, Minn., is being quizzed about Connor Mackey. Which, for the head coach of the NCAA’s Minnesota State University Mavericks hockey program, is nothing new. Every week, all winter, NHL scouts were asking about the late-blooming blue-liner who ultimately inked an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames. “Put it […]
Mar 20, 2020

Flames prospect Wolf proud of stats, improvements during WHL season

Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Wolf posted the best puck-stopping stat-line in the Western Hockey League in the slightly shortened season. The Everett Silvertips stalwart tied for tops on the loop with 34 wins and led the way with a staggering nine shutouts. His 1.88 goals-against average was, in fact, the best by any masked man […]
Mar 20, 2020

Flames sign pair of college free-agent defencemen

The handshakes and hugs will have to wait, but the Calgary Flames have welcomed a pair of defencemen to the fold, signing college free-agents Connor Mackey and Colton Poolman. Both were inked Friday to one-year, entry-level contracts for the 2020-21 season. Mackey, 23, just finished his junior campaign with the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks. The 6-foot-2, […]
Mar 17, 2020

COVID-19: GoFundMe proceeds still earmarked for part-time Saddledome staff

The organizer of a GoFundMe campaign that caught the attention of some of the Calgary Flames’ star players — and plenty of fans — plans to ensure all the money raised will wind up in the wallets of part-time staffers at the Saddledome, even though they will now be compensated by the organization for cancelled […]
Mar 15, 2020

Flames players support fundraiser for part-time Saddledome employees

#ShameTheFlames was trending on Twitter. Several of the skating stars — currently playing the waiting game with NHL action paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and their significant others provided some positivity for the organization over the weekend, rallying to support a GoFundMe campaign for part-time and hourly Saddledome workers who will not be […]
Mar 14, 2020

NHL could be out weeks or months, according to Calgary health expert

Players are likely to reconvene at facilities sometime this week following a “week or so” of self-quarantine, according to a memo sent out by the National Hockey League on Friday. Shortly after, practice ice times could resume in a “training camp period,” the league said. The timing of all, of this, is fluid and evolving […]
Mar 13, 2020

Ken King remembered for firm handshake, determination to seal arena deal

Craig Conroy’s mind was made up — he was going to say goodbye to the Calgary Flames and accept a job as head coach at Clarkson University. All that was left was to explain the decision to Ken King. “I’d told Jay Feaster prior, I hugged the girls in the office and then I was going […]
Mar 12, 2020

COVID-19 concerns hit home for Flames CEO and president John Bean

John Bean is the president and CEO of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. He is also the father of American Hockey League defenceman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jake Bean, who is currently situated in Charlotte, N.C., where the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate plays. So, naturally, there are worries surrounding COVID-19 and the way things have transpired […]
Mar 12, 2020

More questions than answers about NHL’s approach to COVID-19: “It moved fast”

At this point, there are more questions than answers in the wake of Thursday’s decision by the National Hockey League to pause the 2019-20 regular season as concerns of COVID-19 continue to spread. It was supposed to be a normal game day on Thursday for the Calgary Flames — a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, a […]
Mar 12, 2020

Ken King remembered at Saddledome as ‘larger-than-life personality’ and commanding presence

At a podium or meeting table, Ken King had a way with words. On a golf course, he had a way with numbers. And as Flames general manager Brad Treliving learned even before being hired at the Saddledome, the longtime president and CEO of Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) sometimes had a unique way […]