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PHILLIPS READY TO ROUND OUT HIS GAME

Items on the offensively-gifted wingers to-do list this year: shore up his defensive game and push for a spot on Canada's WJC roster

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

On their official site, the Victoria Royals are advertising a 7-Game Fan Pack priced at $119, $140 or $189.

All sorts of perks involved. But maybe best of all, your selected seat at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre comes with a limited edition Matthew Phillips 50-goal commemorative bobblehead.

"I don't,'' confesses a bemused Phillips, "think it looks much like me, to be honest. I dunno, maybe the shape of the hair.

"But the likeness stops there.

"It's a total surprise that I'm getting a bobblehead. Kinda funny.

"But pretty cool, too."

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INFERNO SELECT 13 PLAYERS IN CWHL DRAFT

Quinnipiac's Taryn Baumgardt was the first player selected by the Inferno in this year's draft

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

With the fifth overall selection in the 2017 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft on Sunday, the Calgary Inferno drafted defenceman Taryn Baumgardt from Quinnipiac University.

Baumgardt, who hails from Innisfail, AB, closed out her collegiate career with six goals and 17 points in 37 games in the 2016-17 campaign. In 150 career games in the NCAA, Baumgardt scored six goals and 43 points.

The 22-year-old was one of 13 Inferno selections in this year's draft:

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QUICK-STUDY JANKOWSKI PREPPING FOR SEASON

After a tremendous rookie campaign in Stockton, the forward is aiming to earn a spot in the Flames' lineup

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Some tests, Mark Jankowski knows, can explore a young man's heart, x-ray his soul. 

That History of the Modern Middle East exam his senior year at Providence, as a for-instance.

"It was a requirement for my major,'' recalls the rangy centreman, involuntarily, almost imperceptibly recoiling at the memory. "And it was … tough. A tough class. History of the Modern Middle East. I mean, it even sounds tough.

"So I really had to focus, to buckle down, because I needed it to graduate.

"I remember the week leading up to writing it, I don't think I came out of my bedroom. Didn't get much sleep. I'm not sure I even ate.

"Just locked into my notes."

His current study habits are decidedly different. They involve every extra rep in the gym, each additional kilometre on the odometer while running, the pushing and prodding of his body to be bigger, faster, stronger, sharper.

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HUSKA'S HOCKEY CAREER COMES FULL CIRCLE

The Heat bench boss' experience as a player has aided him throughout his coaching career

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The uncertainty. The frustration. The waiting. The wishing.

 And, yes, for a fleeting moment, at any rate, the joy.

Ryan Huska understands it all. He's lived it all.

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STAJAN SEES PLENTY OF UPSIDE IN FLAMES' 2017-18 ROSTER

'I think our team is in a great spot, I like the make-up of it ... I want to be part of something special.'

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Posters plastered all over WinSport are advertising an upcoming I Love the '90s Tour concert, featuring yesteryear hit-makers such as Vanilla Ice and Salt-N-Pepa.

Matt Stajan's first NHL training camp doesn't stretch back quite that far, but …

"(Sidney) Crosby just turned 30,'' the versatile centreman is protesting, with mock severity, following a pick-up, hour-long on-ice stretch of the legs out at COP on Tuesday late morning.

"I'm 33.

"So I'm like: 'He's only three years younger than me …'

"Yeah, I've been around a while. But sometimes the way people talk you'd think I was 10 years older (than Crosby); that I was 40."

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THE BEAT GOES ON GALA SET FOR SEPT. 9

Proceeds from this year's Gala will support the vital work of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute's clinical research

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is hosting its fourth annual The Beat Goes On Gala on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park.

As an entity of the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services (Calgary), the Libin Institute is responsible for all cardiovascular science research, education and care delivery in Calgary.

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SUMMER SHOWCASE RECAP - 05.08.17

Adam Fox picked up five points in the final game at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Flames prospect Adam Fox closed out his tenure at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase in fine fashion, posting one goal and five points in a 7-5 USA win over Canada.

In five games at the tournament, the defenceman netted three goals and nine points. Fox, the Flames' third round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is expected to take on a top-pairing role for the Americans at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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