Ryan Pike

A native of the Stampede City, Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames extensively since 2010 as a Senior Writer for The Hockey Writers and as Managing Editor of FlamesNation.ca.


Recent Articles by Ryan

(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Playoff Chase Forges Flames Young Core

This has been a strange year for the Calgary Flames. In Year Two of the team’s rebuild, the club went young, often dressing as many as a half-dozen players aged […]

by · January 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Reid Gardiner (Thomas Porter/WHL)

Recent NHL Drafts Give Over-Agers Hope

Heading into the weekend of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Reid Gardiner probably felt pretty confident. The Prince Albert Raiders, his team, made it into the WHL’s playoffs […]

by · January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Morgan Klimchuk (Brad Watson/WHL)

No Pressure for Flames Pick Morgan Klimchuk

Life can be full of pressure for a young hockey player. Doubly so for a first round draft pick. Particularly if the franchise that drafted you hadn’t had a first […]

by · January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames, Prospects
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig - Photo Credit:   Andy Martin Jr

Bruising Bollig Looking To Cement Himself In Calgary

Since his arrival, one of the major refrains from president of hockey operations Brian Burke is that the Calgary Flames need to get bigger. That’s not to say that the […]

by · January 12, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Youthful Flames Search for Faceoff Success

When forward Mikael Backlund returned to the Calgary Flames line-up on January 7 – after an absence of 29 games – the club dispatched Markus Granlund to the American Hockey […]

by · January 8, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Mark Giordano could be a top five defenseman. (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

Brodie and Giordano Make A Run At the Norris

The National Hockey League seems really big, but it’s actually a pretty small world, where secrets don’t stay secret for very long. Often, a player or two emerge as on-ice […]

by · December 31, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Can Johnny Hockey Become Johnny Calder?

Two years ago, the holiday season saw a veritable clash of hockey titans. In the gold medal game of the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship, the United States beat Sweden […]

by · December 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Sam Reinhart of the WHL's Kootenay Ice will be expected to lead the way offensively and is also a candidate to captain Team Canada at the 2015 world juniors.

2015 World Junior Roster Breakdown By NHL Team

The holiday season is upon us, which means yuletide cheer, festive greetings and – most importantly – the annual IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, this year in Toronto and Montreal. […]

Connor McDavid is the consensus number one prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft early in the season. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

2015 NHL Mock Draft – Christmas Edition

It’s the holiday season! And while many of the National Hockey League’s 30 member clubs have playoff dreams floating their their heads while they unwrap their presents, a handful of […]

by · December 24, 2014 · 4 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Jack Eichel is just one of highly coveted prospects available for the 2015 NHL Draft.  (USA Hockey/Ellen DeLuca)

2015 NHL Draft Alternate Rankings – Holiday Edition

The holiday season is almost upon us. With that season, comes a few beloved traditions: gift-giving, holiday music and the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. World Juniors time is also […]

by · December 18, 2014 · 1 comment · NHL Entry Draft
Bob Hartley. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Flames Make Smart Move, Extend Bob Hartley

It’s easy to like Bob Hartley. He’s very affable. He makes jokes before scrums. Heck, half the time he has a wacky sound-bite or quote that he trots out for […]

by · December 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Inside the Unlikely Success of the Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames should not be this good. This is a common refrain throughout the National Hockey League. It’s extolled by many on both sides of the aisle; the hardcore […]

by · December 9, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames