Flames prospect Michael Ferland is known throughout the WHL as one of the toughest players on the ice.
At six-foot-two and 208 pounds, it’s easy to see why this 19 year old would be considered a threat to any opposing team.
He is currently playing the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series for the Brandon Wheat Kings.
When asked who he looks up to in the NHL Ferland replied that Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins was one of his favorite players because he felt they played a similar game of hockey. This comparison is easy to make when watching Ferland play as he uses his size and strength to dominate competitors.
Things were not always easy for Ferland who grew up without the chance to go to hockey camps in his youth and it was simply his drive and love of the game that pushed him forward.
Ferland was born as a middle child to a single mother who sacrificed much to ensure that her son could play the sport he loved.
Starting by playing non-stop on community outdoor rinks Ferland showed strong hockey prowess that helped get him on with the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings at the age of 17. It was also this strong aggressive play that helped earn Ferland his spot on the Calgary Flames.
Being signed by the Calgary Flames in the fifth round was even more exciting to Ferland as the Saddledome has always been one of his favorite rinks to play in.
“I’ve always liked playing in this rink (the Scotiabank Saddledome) ever since my first year in the league,” said Ferland.
“I think I’ve had some very good games here this year”
Turning 20 this year means that this will be Ferland’s final year in the WHL and his last chance at the Ed Chynoweth cup.
“I definitely want to go out on top in my last year,” said Ferland.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Flames prospect camp gave the opportunity to go to see what things were like with the club.
“I got to skate with the guys and see the guys get ready and see how they prepare themselves, it was a great opportunity for me,” said Ferland.
“I’m excited to get back here and get my work boots on and play.”
Ferland and the Brandon Wheat Kings play tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Calgary Hitmen for game 2 of the series.