Even for someone as innately chill as Jon Gillies, the mugginess of Indiana, an annual summer hangout spot, can be a bit oppressive.
It's already 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with 40% humidity on this Tuesday morning.
"I'm not,'' confesses Gillies, "a big heat guy."
He has, though, been a big Heat guy, playing a major role in Stockton with the organization's top minor affiliate.
In this, his full third season pro, the aim is to be a big Flames guy.
When training camp opens in September, Gillies and AHL goaltending sidekick David Rittich are widely expected to duel for the Flames' back-up puck-blocking role in support of main man Mike Smith.
A two-year contract - at $750,000 per - so fresh the ink has barely dried on the page now finalized, the 24-year-old Gillies can continue to focus on honing his craft.