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BLOG: Black Aces get valuable experience in postseason

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

ANAHEIM, CA -- While the Adirondack Flames missed the playoffs this season, many skaters haven't hung up their equipment for the year.

Earlier this month, the Flames summoned 12 players from Adirondack and brought in Austin Carroll, Garnet Hathaway, Kenney Morrison, and Dustin Stevenson to practice in Calgary during the postseason.

While the Black Aces don't generally travel with the team during the playoffs, the Flames have brought forward David Wolf and defenceman John Ramage to Anaheim for Games 1 and 2.

In addition to the work they have put in with the Flames in Calgary, the two players will benefit from the experience of seeing what goes into preparing for playoff games at the NHL level.

"This is a great learning experience for all of those young players," Bob Hartley said after the Flames morning skate at Honda Center. "In Calgary we have about 15 to 17 bodies that are around us, they practice around us, and they are in the same gym.

"I remember when I was in the Colorado organization, I was fortunate enough to be there myself and bring a couple of our young prospects. That’s a great investment. You learn from watching the top players. I think it’s great for both Ramage and Wolf to be on this trip with us. I like it."

Wolf played three games with the Flames during the 2014-15 campaign while Ramage made his NHL debut on Apr. 15 in Calgary's final regular season date in Winnipeg.

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