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Flames sign three players

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the signing of forwards Carter Bancks, Quintin Laing and defenseman Joe Piskula.


“When we signed Carter to an AHL deal last season, we told him if he went to Abbotsford and did everything that was asked of him, we would look to convert his AHL deal to an NHL contract,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Carter did everything we asked and then some, and he really has earned this new deal. We really like his work ethic and versatility and we consider him one of our bright young prospects who will play for us in Calgary one day.”
Bancks, 21, is a product of Marysville, BC and is entering his second season in the Flames organization.  Playing in just 29 games last season due to injury, Bancks scored five goals and 14 assists for 19 points.  At the time of his injury, this rookie Heat forward was leading the team in points, shorthanded points and plus/minus. Bancks is known as a tenacious checker and effective penalty killer.  

Bancks Contract Terms: Two year contract at $560,000 Average Annual Value.

CARTER BANCKS – LEFT WING
BORN:              Marysville, BC        DATE:       August 9, 1989
HEIGHT:    5’11”            WEIGHT:  180 lbs.
SHOOTS:    Left
DRAFTED: Undrafted.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2011.

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1 6 0 0 0 4
2006-07 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 67 11 20 31 64 9 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 70 15 30 45 56 23 19 6 4 10 19
2008-09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 53 13 34 47 68 14 3 0 0 0 4
2009-10 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 70 19 36 55 96 -20 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Abbotsford Heat AHL 9 0 0 0 0 -1 13 0 1 1 7
2010-11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 29 5 14 19 16 4 -- -- -- -- --
 


“Quintin is the consummate professional and a tremendous leader,” said Feaster. “As our captain in Abbotsford last year he demonstrated a ‘team-first’ mentality at all times, and he helped our young prospects grow and develop both on and off the ice. His character, grit, determination and professionalism are qualities we want our prospects to emulate. Getting Quintin back in the fold for Abbotsford was a top priority for us and we are very pleased he has chosen to return to our organization.”

Laing, who was originally Detroit’s 4th round selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, has played 79 career NHL games with Chicago and Washington. After suffering an injury and appearing in only 39 games during the 2007-08 season, Laing was the Masterton Trophy nominee from the Capitals, which is awarded to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. After signing as a free agent in Abbotsford last year, Laing was named team captain and recorded 7 goals and 19 assists in 59 games for the Heat.

Laing Contract Terms: AHL contract.

QUINTIN LAING – LEFT WING

BORN:              Harris, SK        DATE:       June 8, 1979
HEIGHT:    6’02”            WEIGHT:  200 lbs.
SHOOTS:    Left
DRAFTED: Detroit’s 4th Round selection (102nd overall) in 1997 NHL Entry Draft
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2011.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Kelowna Rockets WHL 63 13 24 37 54   1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Kelowna Rockets WHL 59 11 24 35 47   7 0 1 1 8
1998-99 Kelowna Rockets WHL 70 11 10 21 107 -12 6 3 0 3 0
1999-00 Kelowna Rockets WHL 68 22 30 52 61 -6 5 1 1 2 8
2000-01 Jackson Bandits ECHL 60 13 24 37 39 7 5 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 10 0 1 1 10 0 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Jackson Bandits ECHL 16 4 6 10 12 0 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 61 6 15 21 32 -2 4 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 69 5 12 17 33 2 8 2 2 4 0
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 78 12 10 22 74 3 8 5 1 6 4
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 1 1 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 66 10 13 23 54 -3 4 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Norfolk Admirals AHL 73 14 31 45 70 19 4 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Hershey Bears AHL 75 15 28 43 44 21 19 2 5 7 21
2007-08 Hershey Bears AHL 20 2 6 8 28 9 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 39 1 5 6 10 4 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Hershey Bears AHL 55 9 16 25 21 12 9 2 2 4 0
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 36 2 2 4 21 2 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 4 0 1 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 59 7 19 26 40 2 -- -- -- -- --
  NHL Totals   79 3 8 11 31            

 


“Joe had a very strong year in Abbotsford last season and we actually discussed putting him on an NHL two-way prior to the trade deadline as we were confident he could come up and fill-in for us on defense,” said Feaster. “He adds to our depth on the blue line and provides solid leadership in Abbotsford. We are very pleased to have him in the organization and look forward to him making a push for a spot in training camp.”
Piskula played two seasons with Des Moines in the USHL and three years at the University of Wisconsin before signing as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings on March 21, 2007. After three years with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings AHL affiliate, Piskula left as a free agent and signed an AHL contract with the Abbotsford Heat on October 6, 2010. In 71 games with the Heat last season, he recorded 12 points and 73 penalty minutes.

Piskula Contract Terms: Two year contract at $525,000 Average Annual Value.

JOE PISKULA - DEFENSE
BORN:              Antigo, WI        DATE:       July 5, 1984
HEIGHT:    6’3”            WEIGHT:  214 lbs.
SHOOTS:    Left
DRAFTED: Undrafted.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent July 1, 2011.

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 Chicago Steel USHL 13 0 0 0 18 -13 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 32 2 6 8 18 -10 4 0 1 1 4
2003-04 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 58 2 4 6 68 -8 3 0 1 1 0
2004-05 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 40 0 6 6 24            
2005-06 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 34 2 9 11 22            
2006-07 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 38 1 4 5 34            
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 0 0 0 6 -3 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 55 0 6 6 57 5 4 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 67 0 12 12 40 11 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 72 2 10 12 51 10 16 2 2 4 12
2010-11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 71 1 11 12 73 1 -- -- -- -- --
  NHL Totals   5 0 0 0 6            
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