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

Lance Bouma (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Blue-collar Calgary Flames Face Tough 2014-15 Season

The post-Jarome Iginla era began last season for the Calgary Flames. In their first full season without their long-time captain, the Flames transitioned to a new era and a new […]

by · October 7, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Sam Bennett has fit right in with the Flames in what is one of the toughest first-round series. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Calgary’s Sam Bennett Dilemma

A year ago, the Calgary Flames made history twice. First, they drafted sixth overall – tying the club record for the highest pick ever since moving to Calgary – and […]

by · October 3, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Uncharted Territory: Flames Johnny Gaudreau Battles For NHL Spot

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge exactly what the proper development path is for an aspiring professional hockey player. The more common the player’s attributes and background, the more common and […]

by · October 2, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Sven Baertschi (Ross Bonander/THW)

Sven Baertschi’s Make or Break Season

On June 24, 2011, the Calgary Flames drafted winger Sven Baertschi in the NHL Entry Draft. Baertschi was the first player selected by Jay Feaster in his then-new role as […]

by · October 1, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Sam Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs [photo: Terry Wilson/OHL Images]

Calgary Flames 2014-15 Preview: Forwards

A year ago, the departure of Jarome Iginla left onlookers worried that the Calgary Flames may struggle to score. A year later, the departure of Mike Cammalleri has left onlookers […]

by · September 29, 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)

Calgary Flames 2014-15 Preview: Defensemen

Last season, the Flames hoped that T.J. Brodie wouldn’t regress from his impressive end to the 2012-13 season and that they could get a full season out of Mark Giordano, […]

by · September 26, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Karri Ramo (Greg Thompson/Hammersmith Studios)

Calgary Flames 2014-15 Preview: Goaltenders

When the Calgary Flames broke camp last season, it was in the immediate aftermath of the retirement of Miikka Kiprusoff. With the team’s all-time best netminder gone, there were questions […]

by · September 25, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

5 Prospects That Could Make The Calgary Flames

As the club hits the second year of their rebuild, the Calgary Flames have a new general manager in Brad Treliving and a bunch of new veterans. But while the […]

by · September 17, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames, Prospects
Heatherington tries to emulate his game after Robyn Regehr. (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

11 of the 2004 Calgary Flames Are Still Playing

For fans of the Calgary Flames, there are really two teams that are remembered fondly in the heart-of-hearts. The first is rather obvious: the 1989 Stanley Cup team, when Cliff […]

by · September 10, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Veteran-Laden Roster Part of the Flames Plan

The Calgary Flames entered the 2013-14 season with low expectations. Against all odds, by virtue of a strong team concept and a stellar work ethic, the team arguably over-achieved and […]

by · September 3, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
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The 5 Most Important Goals in Calgary Flames History

The Calgary Flames have been a part of the National Hockey League for more than three decades, and over their tenure in the league they’ve accumulated a fair amount of […]

by · September 1, 2014 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames
Mikael Backlund has made an immediate impact on the Flames' lineup since returning from an injury, and fantasy managers should definitely consider adding the forward. (Icon SMI)

Underrated Trio Drives Calgary Flames Rebuild

Heading into the 2013-14 season, you could’ve been forgiven if you didn’t give the Calgary Flames much of a chance to be competitive. First off, the NHL’s realignment placed the […]

by · August 12, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames