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Flames hit the streets with tickets

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

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The Calgary Flames hit the streets Wednesday to make special deliveries to some season ticket holders.

Calgary Flames CEO and President Ken King. head coach Mike Keenan and Flames players Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Wayne Primeau, David Moss, Mike Cammalleri, Andre Roy, along with Flames alumni Jim Peplinski, personally delivered season tickets to Calgary Flames season ticket holders.

The Flames set out in different directions to visit Calgary residences and businesses  as 20 lucky people had their ticket books delivered personally.

The Flames representatives stretched their deliveries from the downtown core to Mackenzie Town and Arbour Lake.

James Bremner was one of the lucky 20 who had his tickets delivered by forward Mike Cammalleri.

"They said I should be home around this time. I'm glas I was," said Bremner who moved back to Calgary after spending a year in Toronto, where Cammalleri grew up.

The pair were able to chat about Hogtown and the upcoming Flames season during the ticket delivery.

"I am pumped about this season," noted Bremner.

"So am I," responded Cammalleri. "It's great to be in a hockey city."

Cammalleri played the last five seasons in Los Angeles and noted on his next delivery that he has not played in a playoff game. "That makes it even more exciting coming here," he told employees at McIntosh - Lalani Engineering Ltd. in northeast Calgary.

That brought plenty of cheers from the Flames fans in the office who all posed with Cammalleri for a photo.

This marked the first time Flames players had delivered ticket books to seasont ticket holders and, judging by the smiling faces all-around, it was a success.

Cammalleri certainly enjoyed the experience. The outgoing forward, acquired at the NHL Entry Draft this June, grew up watching and idolizing the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I remember whenever I saw one of them it was like they were larger than life," said Cammalleri.

What better way to get into the swing of a hockey city than going and delevering tickets to loyal fans? "It's great. There are a lot of expectations on the team and that's good," said Cammalleri.

The ticket delivery was part of Operation Puck Drop, the official countdown to the Flames home opener which was launched on Wednesday.

More events and great prizes and contests will be announced as Operation Puck Drop continues to the start of the 2008-09 season.
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