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Hockey is a family affair for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar winger

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Hockey is a family affair for D'artagnan Joly.

"I'm the baby of seven brothers," he stated.

"We all played hockey but now only three of us remain (playing).

"We had a backyard rink and that's where I started to play, at two years old. They put skates on me and decided to make me a hockey player.

"They (taught me) how to skate and be a hockey player."

His brothers' training has paid off. The 18-year-old right winger experienced the biggest moment of his career thus far when he heard his name called by the Flames in the sixth round of the NHL Draft.

"I worked really hard for this and I'm really happy to be a part of the Calgary Flames."

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward is coming off a career-year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 16 goals and 48 points in 66 games.

"I'm a big guy with good offensive potential," was the 6-foot-3 forward's self-assessment. "I can give a lot of offensive tools to this team. I've got work to do and I'm going to do all it takes to be part of this team."

Over the course of a few meetings with the Flames over the year, Joly gained an understanding of what the Flames' organization is about and is looking forward to being a part of an organization he feels is on the rise.

"I know it's a young team and they've got good prospects. They're looking to rebuild for the future and they're looking to win a Cup in the next couple of years."

Going forward, he will have his brothers assisting him with any hurdles he may face. Two of his six brothers are currently playing professional hockey, with Michael splitting last year between the AHL and ECHL and Raphael playing for Fuchse Duisburg in Germany, and they have had a major impact on his career.

"They were always a big part of my life and they helped me through this. Everything they went through, I knew about it and it helped me go through it too. They played pro and they know a lot more than I do so they helped me to go forward and build with … they gave me a lot of tools to be here today." 

Video: D'artagnan Joly talks to the media once drafted

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