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Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames extensively for the Hockey Writers since 2010 as a senior writer and contributing editor. He also contributes to FlamesNation.ca (as managing editor) and The Wrestling Observer.

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NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard passed away in the summer of 2011. (Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE)

Will The NFL Settlement Impact The NHL?

The sporting world was abuzz late last week, as news broke of a settlement involving the National Football League and 4,500 former NFL players. The settlement stems from a lawsuit […]

by · September 3, 2013 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
Drew Doughty. (Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE)

Team Canada 2014: Chemistry Will Be Key In Sochi

In addition to balancing the various roles and needs of the 2014 Olympic hockey team’s roster, Hockey Canada’s management will be required to balance 25 individuals with various comfort levels […]

by · August 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Olympics
P.K. Subban. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Team Canada 2014: Big Games and Big Pressure

In the pantheon of sports, the gold medal game of the Winter Olympics men’s hockey competition sits up there as one of the most prestigious – and pressure-packed – situations […]

by · August 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Olympics
Sidney Crosby is one of many Team Canada hopefuls high on talent, but low on international ice experience. (VancityAllie/Flickr)

Team Canada 2014: Will Big Ice Experience Factor In?

The hockey world descended in on Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on Sunday as planning for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia began in earnest. Prime on the agenda? […]

by · August 26, 2013 · 3 comments · Olympics
Mark Giordano (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

The Next Flames Captain: There’s No Heir Apparent

The departure of Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames in March had two major implications. First and foremost, the club was able to smartly leverage an asset, ultimately turning a […]

by · August 19, 2013 · 3 comments · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan can be followed on Twitter @Monahan20.

Five Calgary Flames Prospects To Watch In 2013-14

Over the past two or three years, the Calgary Flames have drastically improved the talent level and depth of their prospect base. While this is generally good news, it also […]

by · August 14, 2013 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Sven Baertschi. (Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE)

Rebuilding Calgary Flames Prepare For 2013-14 Season

The truncated 2012-13 NHL season was one of transition for the Calgary Flames. The team part ways with captain (and all-time leading scorer) Jarome Iginla and blueline minute-muncher Jay Bouwmeester […]

by · August 5, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames 2011 fourth-rounder Johnny Gaudreau (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Selling Hope: Flames Future On Display At Development Camp

The Calgary Flames are at a major turning point as the team heads towards the 2013-14 season. Jarome Iginla? Gone. Jay Bouwmeester? Gone. Miikka Kiprusoff? More than likely gone, as […]

by · July 16, 2013 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Reviewing the Calgary Flames 2013 Draft Class

The Calgary Flames entered the 2013 NHL Draft knowing full well its importance to the franchise’s health. Following a marathon Sunday at Prudential Center in Newark, the club has eight […]

by · July 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Seth Jones is a highly touted defenseman in this year's draft [photo: David Chan]

2013 NHL Draft – The Writers’ Mock Draft

The NHL’s annual Entry Draft is a wonderful time of year. Young players try their best to impress NHL clubs with the goal of being chosen by one of them, […]

by · June 24, 2013 · 2 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Flooding of Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta as of June 21, 2013. Photo courtesy @GlobalCalgary.

Report: Major Flood Damage To Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome

Amidst major flooding of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in Calgary and the evacuation of roughly 100,000 citizens from their homes, reports are surfacing that the Scotiabank Saddledome has suffered […]

by · June 21, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon at the Top Prospects Practice [photo: David Chan]

2013 NHL Draft Alternate Rankings – Final Edition

A lot has been said about the depth of the 2013 NHL Draft. Here’s an illustration: Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin could all conceivably go first overall. Jones […]

by · June 20, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft