Ryan Pike

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

Radel Fazleev [photo: Amy Irvin]

Calgary’s Teddy Bear Toss Turns 20

The Calgary Hitmen are celebrating their 20th Western Hockey League season in 2014-15. And that means there was another anniversary celebrated in Calgary – the annual Teddy Bear Toss. The […]

by · December 7, 2014 · 0 comments · WHL
Bob Hartley. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Bob Hartley Hits 400 Win Plateau

On the evening of December 4, 2014, Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley joined some elite company, and did so in dramatic fashion. Calgary’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Colorado […]

by · December 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Mark Giordano (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

The Battle of Alberta: A Tale of Two Rebuilds

As the 2014-15 National Hockey League season moves head-long towards the one-third mark of the schedule, two questions are emanating out of the province of Alberta. “Why are the Calgary […]

by · December 4, 2014 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames

Biggest Flames Prospect Comes To Calgary

You can’t teach size. That’s the mantra partially driving the Calgary Flames’ drafting and development over the past few seasons. The notion is that you can hire coaches to help […]

by · December 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames, Prospects
Bob Hartley. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

A Brief History of Flames Coaches and GMs

With the success of the Calgary Flames and the progression of the club’s rebuild under current head coach Bob Hartley, a lot of ink has been spent of late discussing […]

by · November 28, 2014 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames
T.J. Brodie is part of a defensive group that definitely jumps into offensive play. (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Reasons for the Calgary Flames Early Success

In the Calgary Flames locker room – in the back away from the public area where the media congregates – there is a big board. And on that board are […]

by · November 22, 2014 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau led by example in 2014-15. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Sean Monahan: Calgary’s Top Center


by · November 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Connor McDavid: Top prize for the NHL draft lottery winner (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

2015 NHL Draft Alternate Rankings – November Edition

We’re about six weeks into the 2014-15 hockey season, and while a lot of the attention of the hockey world is focused on the here and now of the National […]

by · November 13, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
PDO: A Key Fantasy Indicator

PDO: A Key Fantasy Indicator

Advanced statistics in hockey are hot right now, and one of the key applications of these statistics can be in the realm of fantasy hockey. That is, if you know […]

by · November 6, 2014 · 0 comments · Advanced Stats, Fantasy
Corban Knight (Ross Bonander / THW)

AHL Flames Roomies Chasing NHL Dreams

In the summer of 2013, the Calgary Flames convened their annual summer development camp at Canada Olympic Park. At that camp, friendship blossomed between three aspiring NHLers. The three got […]

by · November 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Corsi Close: Does Puck Possession Equal Points?

Advanced statistics have been lauded for their potential for having predictive value. Much as baseball’s shift towards a reliance on on-base percentage – as teams that are full of players […]

by · October 30, 2014 · 1 comment · Advanced Stats
Johnny Gaudreau (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Flames Johnny Gaudreau Adapting to the NHL

Johnny Gaudreau began the 2014-15 NHL season with a lot of hype and fanfare. The winger – generously listed by the NHL as 5’9″ and 160 pounds – has become […]

by · October 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames