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SOCIAL BUZZ - 20.05.19

A look back at the past week via social media

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Derek and Bonnie Ryan have a world map at their home in Spokane, Washington, dotted with push pins to mark to their travels around the globe.

They've been everywhere, man.

But this was a first.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - 20.05.19

Lindholm the lone Flame in action on Monday at the Worlds

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Elias Lindholm was the lone Flame in action on Monday at the World Hockey Championship.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - 18.05.19

Ryan, Hanifin, Lindholm all picked up wins on Saturday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Three Flames were in action on Saturday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship:

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CUTTING HIS TEETH

Playing on the world stage helped prepare a young Gaudreau to excel in the NHL

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

KOSICE, Slovakia - He was the fresh-faced kid.

Eyes wide open. 

One game of National Hockey League experience under his belt. 

A Hobey Baker Award, as college hockey's top player, in his back pocket. 

Meet Johnny Gaudreau, circa May 2014. 

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - 17.05.19

Michael Frolik and the Czechs routed Italy on Friday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Michael Frolik came up big for the Czech Republic on Friday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship:

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A DREAM COME TRUE

Suiting for the USA at international competitions will never get old for Derek Ryan

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

KOSICE, Slovakia - Derek Ryan, understandably, is proud to be draped in the familiar colours of the American flag.

By his own admission, though, there was a time where he could've potentially swapped blue for the green, and the stars and stripes for the horizontal tri-colour of the Hungarian flag. 

"It's funny," starts Ryan, currently representing Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. "My first year in Europe I was playing in Hungary, and they were talking to me about maybe staying with that team.

"If I played there for four or five years, I could get a Hungarian passport and maybe have a chance to play in the World Championship someday against the USA or Canada.

"Now here I am playing for the USA against Canada. It's pretty ironic.

"My journey gets talked about all the time, but it's pretty cool to just sit back and look at where I've come from since then."

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - 16.05.19

Elias Lindholm, Michael Frolik with multi-point performances on Thursday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik both had multi-point games on Thursday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship:

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SHOOTING GALLERY

After a career-year in Calgary, Elias Lindholm is hoping that firepower carries over to the World Championship

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Elias Lindholm has taken plenty of shots this season.

His latest has him hoping to shoot into summer with a golden feeling.  

Lindholm, representing Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, is eyeing another memorable performance on the international stage after netting a first-place finish two years ago.

"I've been around for a while now," Lindholm started. "I know how hard it is to win. I knew we had a good team and we had a good chance at the tournament. Obviously you just want to come here and try to win. In 2017 we had a good team, too, and had a chance to win.

"After you win, you always want more."

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP - 15.05.19

Derek Ryan and Noah Hanifin helped the USA collect a win on Wednesday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Johnny Gaudreau, Derek Ryan and Noah Hanifin were in action on Wednesday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship:

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'WHAT A LEGEND'

Michael Frolik reflects on what Jaromir Jagr has meant to him and the Czech Republic

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - The keepsake, likely, will end up tucked in a drawer upon Michael Frolik's return from the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

The memory it represents, however, will not.

Because the handshake from the man who gave it to him will linger much, much longer.

Frolik, who twice bulged the twine and added a solo helper in assisting the Czech Republic to a 7-2 win over the overwhelmed Norway on Saturday, slapped hands, exchanged a brief conversation and paused for a photo op with his former teammate.

Current idol.

Living legend.

Jaromir Jagr.

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