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Flames well-represented in NCAA tournament

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames will be well-represented when the 2016 NCAA tournament kicks off on Mar. 25.

Mark Jankowski (Providence), John Gilmour (Providence), and Brandon Hickey (Boston University) will play in the annual tournament, which wraps up at the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, FL on Apr. 7-9.

Providence, who captured the 2015 NCAA Championship last year, will face Minnesota-Duluth in the first round (Mar. 25). The Friars went 27-6-4 this year, outscoring their opponents 123-69. They were halted in the Hockey East tournament last weekend, falling 2-1 to UMass Lowell in triple overtime of their semi-final match-up.

Jankowski, a senior, leads Providence in scoring with 15 goals and 40 points through 37 skates. The Flames' 2012 first round pick also leads his team in a multitude of other categories: goals-per-game (0.41), assists-per-game (0.68), points-per-game (1.08), plus-minus rating (25), and number of face-offs won (377).

Gilmour, also in his senior season, has dressed for 33 games this year and has registered nine goals and 23 points. The defenceman is averaging 0.70 points-per-game this year and leads the Friars with 16 power play points. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

As they are both wrapping up their collegiate careers this year, they are eligible to sign entry-level contracts with the Flames at the conclusion of their 2015-16 season.

Hickey and the Boston University Terriers are set to square off against Denver in the first round of the NCAA tournament (Mar. 26). They are 21-12-5 this year and have outscored their opponents 122-99.

Hickey, a sophomore at BU, has scored five goals and eight points in 35 skates. He leads all Terrier defencemen with 84 shots on net, which equates to an average of 2.40 shots-per-game. He is second amongst all BU skaters with 55 blocked shots this year.

In addition to his collegiate play, the 19-year-old represented Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland. The Flames selected him in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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