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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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Recent Articles by Ryan

Sven Baertschi (Ross Bonander/THW)

The Life and Death of the Abbotsford Heat

In April 2009, the Calgary Flames announced the transfer of their American Hockey League affiliate from the Quad Cities to Abbotsford, British Columbia. On April 15, 2014, the Flames announced […]

Bob Hartley. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 Calgary Flames: A Successful Failure

As the curtain dropped on the 2013-14 Calgary Flames season, the mood of the building was conflicted. On one hand, the organization that was expected to be a league doormat […]

by · April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Mark Giordano (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

Melee Sparks Calgary Flames Hot Second Half

January 18, 2014 was a Saturday. As is customary, the National Hockey League held 13 games. Based on how their seasons had gone to that point, you wouldn’t have expected […]

by · April 9, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

California Kids Quietly Invading the NHL

A quarter-century ago, hockey minds knew exactly where NHL talent would be found. Canada, Europe and, perhaps, the northeastern United States were the main proving grounds for talented players following […]

by · April 1, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Tyler Wotherspoon: Freshman Flame Impressing

It was the spring of 2011, and Jay Feaster had a big problem. Still warming into his new role as Calgary Flames general manager, he discovered he’d inherited a problem […]

by · March 31, 2014 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames
Ryan MacInnis (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Ryan MacInnis: One-on-One with 2014 NHL Draft Prospect

The 2014 BMO Top Prospects Game was a home-coming of sorts for Ryan MacInnis. The lanky, 17-year-old product of the Kitchener Rangers grew up in St. Louis during his father’s […]

by · March 22, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Michael Dal Colle (Terry Wilson /OHL Images)

Michael Dal Colle – One-on-One with 2014 NHL Draft Prospect

Maybe it’s because the game was played at the Scotiabank Saddledome – home of the Calgary Flames – but was difficult to speak to Michael Dal Colle at the 2014 […]

by · March 21, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Lance Bouma (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Baby Steps: How the Calgary Flames Rebuild Is Finding Its Way

In the first year of their rebuild, the Calgary Flames are once again in the National Hockey League’s bottom five. It’s not from a lack of trying. The pesky Flames […]

by · March 21, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
2014 NHL Draft Alternate Rankings – Spring Edition

2014 NHL Draft Alternate Rankings – Spring Edition

Major junior and college regular seasons are over and playoffs are just kicking off. Now sounds like a good time to re-visit my NHL Draft rankings. Please enjoy this second […]

by · March 20, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Corban Knight (Ross Bonander / THW)

Abbotsford Heat Prepare for Playoffs…In Calgary

For the second straight season, the Calgary Flames’ top affiliate in the American Hockey League got off to an amazing start. While their roster has been once again decimated by […]

by · March 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames 2011 fourth-rounder Johnny Gaudreau (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Top Ten Calgary Flames Prospects, Winter 2014 Edition

The onset of the Calgary Flames rebuilding process has created a lot of opportunities for young players in the organization. Due to departures of veterans, injuries and other reasons, a […]

by · March 12, 2014 · 4 comments · Calgary Flames
(Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Colborne: Living Up to the Flames Legacy

Joe Colborne and I are alike in a few ways. We’re both from Calgary. We both grew up playing local minor hockey. We both grew up cheering for the Flames. […]

by · March 7, 2014 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames