Archives for the 'Calgary' Category

Bertuzzi hoping to rebound in Calgary

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2008 By Lucas Aykroyd A 6-0 road loss to the Vancouver Canucks on October 9 certainly wasn’t the way Todd Bertuzzi wanted to start the next phase of his NHL career with the Calgary Flames. The 33-year-old power forward has never been able to regain the form he showed […]

Phaneuf hopes to dominate in fourth season

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2008 By Lucas Aykroyd Is this the year that Dion Phaneuf wins his first Norris Trophy? Since debuting with the Calgary Flames in 2005-06, the 23-year-old famed for his bodychecks has been touted as the most likely young candidate to end Nicklas Lidstrom’s reign as the NHL’s best defenceman, […]

Iginla leads Calgary to December success

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2008 By Lucas Aykroyd If Jarome Iginla maintains his current pace, he’ll crack the 100-point barrier for the first time in his career this season. Better still, the Calgary captain is in contention for his second Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer, battling the likes of Tampa […]

Kitchener Rangers Who Ruled

Originally published in Prospects Hockey in 2008 By Lucas Aykroyd The Kitchener Rangers, the host team for the 2008 Memorial Cup, have produced too many notable NHLers to name. Here are 15 of the best. Bill Barber: He scored 20-plus goals in each of his 11 NHL seasons and earned two Stanley Cups with the […]

Nilson delivers never-say-die attitude with Flames

Marcus Nilson has one goal as a hockey player, and that’s winning the Stanley Cup. The downside is that the gritty Calgary Flames winger also only has one goal in 19 games this season. “It’s been tough so far,” Nilson told with a wry chuckle. “A lot of nights you’re mostly penalty-killing and not […]

Nose woes can’t stop hockey heroes

Never let a little thing like a broken nose stop you. That’s the philosophy Petr Sykora will take into Pittsburgh’s Friday-night opener at Carolina. After suffering the injury in a collision with teammate Brooks Orpik in exhibition play in Montreal, the 30-year-old Czech winger will wear a full face shield for protection. Although Sykora was […]

Why the Battle of Alberta isn’t what it used to be

It isn’t just because the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers finished eighth and twelfth respectively last season, instead of both being true perennial Stanley Cup contenders. It isn’t just because these two clubs haven’t clashed in the playoffs since 1991, instead of meeting almost annually in the Smythe Division playoffs. It’s because a rivalry is […]

Sitting or Skating, Saprykin’s Learning

Originally published on in 1999 By Lucas Aykroyd Sitting high above the ice and taking in an NHL game is many people’s idea of a good time. But when you’re an 18-year-old phenom from Moscow, Russia who’s being paid over $1 million U.S. per year to score goals for the Calgary Flames, the view […]

Valeri Bure aims to maintain All-Star form

Originally published on in 2000 By Lucas Aykroyd You’d expect Valeri Bure to be in the best of moods after returning from an NHL All-Star Game weekend in Toronto that saw him pair with brother Pavel to nab MVP honors for the Russian Rocket. But instead, Bure the Younger admitted he had a bit […]

Low-profile Albelin delivers in Calgary

Originally published on in 1999 By Lucas Aykroyd It seems like Tommy Albelin has spent his entire NHL career in the hockey backwaters, whichever way you look at it. After graduating from Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League, he broke in with the now-defunct Quebec Nordiques in 1987-88 during one of the franchise’s worst […]