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Official launch of the 2017 Flames@School program

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

The Calgary Flames Foundation and WorleyParsonsCord are excited to announce the 2017 launch of the Flames@School program. The Flames@School program will engage youth with fun and educational Flames-filled content, both at school and at home. This program aims to emphasize the importance of health and wellness, and use hockey content to develop and foster youth interest in education.

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AHEAD BY A CENTURY

On Wednesday, several Flames players sounded off on what Gord Downie meant to Canada

by ARI YANOVER @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

On Wednesday, it was announced that Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie had passed away. He announced his diagnosis of glioblastoma - an aggressive form of brain cancer - in May of 2016, and engaged in a final cross-country tour with the Hip that summer, all the while continuing to work on musical projects. The impact of his death was felt throughout Canada, as well as the NHL, and the Flames were certainly no exception. See what they had to say about the musical icon's impact on Canadian culture:

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ONE OF THE BEST

Think Mikael Backlund is one of the Flames' top forwards? Delve a little deeper and it is easy to see he's one of the league's top pivots

by ARI YANOVER @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Mikael Backlund is good at hockey.

Like, really good.

If you've been paying attention the past couple of seasons, that statement won't come as much of a surprise. He's already back at it again this campaign: two goals, an assist, and a 54.35% Corsi-for rating, according to Corsica.hockey.

That puts him second on the Flames, right in between his linemates, Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik. Though the season is still young, the 3M Line has already put together a 55.46% CF - one of the best lines of 2017-18 so far, all while being buried in defensive zone starts most other top lines don't even come close to seeing.

It's kind of what Backlund does. He takes the toughest assignments on his team, and he spins them into gold.

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SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME PARKING ADVISORY

Fans attending this weekend's games are advised to arrive early or use public transit

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Due to road construction and closures, as well as events taking place on and around Stampede Park, the Scotiabank Saddledome would like to advise all fans attending the Flames vs. Wild game on Saturday, Oct. 21 and the Hitmen vs. Cougars game on Sunday, Oct. 22 to arrive early or to use public transportation in order to avoid parking delays.

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DUBE, PHILLIPS NAMED TO TEAM WHL

The pair will compete in the 2017 Canada Russia Series

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Flames prospects Dillon Dube and Matthew Phillips have been named to Team WHL for the 2017 Canada Russia Series.

The annual event features Canadian Hockey League players eligible for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship facing off against Russia's top prospects. Team WHL will take on the Russians twice, playing Game 1 in Moose Jaw, Sask. on Nov. 6 and Game 2 in Swift Current on Nov. 7.

Team OHL will host Russia in Games 3 and 4 on Nov. 9 and 13 and Team QMJHL will host Games 5 and 6 on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16.

Dube, who represented Canada at last year's World Junior tournament, has three goals and 11 points in seven games with the Kelowna Rockets this year. The centre was selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Phillips is currently third in WHL scoring with nine goals and 24 points in 10 games. The Victoria Royals' winger was the Flames' sixth round selection in last year's draft.

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PERFECT UNION

Brodie and Hamonic becoming the standout defence pairing everyone envisioned

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

It was, in essence, something along the lines of a pre-arranged marriage.

Sight-unseen, expected to create a lasting union, forming an unbreakable, airtight bond.

Make it work.

No pressure, right?

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HEAT REPORT - 16.10.17

Top line of Jankowski, Mangiapane and Hathaway combine for 14 points in Heat's 2-1 start to season

by BRANDON KISKER @kiskerbc ‏ / calgaryflames.com

The 2017-18 campaign may be the most highly anticipated season to date for the Flames AHL affiliate.

The Stockton Heat began its third season two weeks ago, looking to build off of last year's Calder Cup playoff berth, returning much of the roster that led the team to their most successful season in California.

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FUTURE WATCH UPDATE - 16.10.17

A look at how Calgary Flames prospects are doing in their respective leagues

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Every Monday, CalgaryFlames.com will provide an update on prospects in the Canadian Hockey League, United States Hockey League, NCAA, ECHL, and those who are playing in European leagues.

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SPORTSNET #YYCBRIGHTESTSTAR SHOWDOWN - WEEK 2

In Week One, it's Mike Smith's pad save against Johnny Gaudreau's first goal of the season

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Sportsnet #YYCBrightestStar Showdown pits the week's biggest plays and players head to head to allow fans to decide on the Play of the Week.

In Week Two, it's Mike Smith shutting the door on the Ducks in close against Sean Monahan's overtime winner against the Kings.

Video: It's Smith vs. Monahan in week 2

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FLAMES REWIND - 15.10.17

Jobu helped snap the Anaheim curse, as Flames grab six of eight points that were in play this week

by AARON VICKERS @aavickers / calgaryflames.com

How about this for an assist?

What a helper Jobu gave Calgary in ending an overwhelming drought at Honda Center that saw the Flames winless at the Anaheim Ducks since Jan. 19, 2004.

Streak snapped, thanks to the little Major League figurine.

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