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Flames sign Turner Elson & James Martin

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames



CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Turner Elson and defenceman James Martin to contracts.

“Turner Elson was a player we had on our draft List at this past summer’s Draft; however, with only five selections in the seven rounds we were not able to land him at that time,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Having him come to rookie camp and then participate in main camp and play a pre-season game enabled our entire hockey operations department to evaluate him as a player and get to know him as a person. There was no question that we wanted to add him to our organization and we are thrilled to have him under contract. He thinks the game very well and displays what we consider to be very good hockey sense. He also competes hard every shift and is responsible in all three zones. We look forward to monitoring his progress this year in the WHL.”

Contract Terms: Three year, two-way contract at $560,000 AAV.

TURNER ELSON – LEFT WING

BORN: St. Albert, AB                DATE:       September 13, 1992

HEIGHT:          5’11”                 WEIGHT:   175 lbs.

SHOOTS:         Left

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on September 22, 2011

“James Martin has made a positive impression on the coaches, scouts and management team every time he has stepped on the ice, beginning in Penticton and continuing through main camp and his pre-season game here in Calgary,” said Feaster. “He has good size and strength, very good hockey sense and awareness in all three zones, and he is a high character, take-charge person.  He worked hard to earn a contract with our organization and we are thrilled to have him signed as this once again improves our organizational depth at a critical position.”

Contract Terms: Three year, two-way contract at $575,000 AAV.

JAMES MARTIN – DEFENCE

BORN: Winnipeg, MB               DATE:       May 29, 1991

HEIGHT:          6’1”                  WEIGHT:  200 lbs.

SHOOTS:         Left

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on September 22, 2011

“In our view, signing Martin and Elson means that despite not having a full complement of seven picks in this past June’s entry draft we nonetheless have secured the services of seven very talented prospects,” said Feaster. “With five players drafted and two signed today, we have significantly improved our organizational depth this off-season.”

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