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Fresh start has Hale raring to go in Flames uniform

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

by Mike Board

David Hale File
> Oct 8, 2003 was his first NHL game
> Married Maggie Spicer last summer
> Born in Colorado Springs, returns there in the off-season
>Lance Armstrong autobiography is his favourite book
>Favourite movie is Anchorman, favourite televison show is Seinfeld
>Studied communications in college at the University of North Dakota
>First job was washing dishes at an Italian restaurant


The Calgary Flames trade deadline acquisition, David Hale, arrived in town shortly after the Flames had claimed a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Thursday was a recovery day for the team. So, his first practice was Friday just prior to the Flames heading north to take on the Edmonton Oilers.

"I didn't really have a first impression," said the 26-year-old defenceman from Colorado Springs. "I just really tried to lay back and take everything in."

While his first game in the National Hockey League was in a New Jersey Devil uniform, Hale can actually claim that his pro career began in Calgary, the city where he was drafted 22nd overall in 2000 by the Devils.

Hale, 6'2 and 215 pounds, played for the Devils in 2003-04, then spent a season on the farm in Albany and then split last season between New Jersey and Albany.

He played in 43 games for the Devils this season before the Flames acquired him, along with a fifth round draft pick in 2007, for a third round draft pick in 2007. He averaged about 10 minutes of ice time a game with the Devils. He considers himself a physical player.

"I'm a defensive defenceman," he said. "I play physical. Definitely not an offensive defenceman."

It wasn't clear whether he would see action Saturday against Edmonton but jumping into what is normally a physical contest between two rivals seems logical. "I'm pretty anxious about it," said Hale. "It would be a good first game to jump into. I'm looking forward to that."

Dubbed a potential Scott Stevens type player, it was a tag that was probably too much for Hale who is simply a steady blueliner. And while things got a little stale in New Jersey, he is looking to Calgary to rejuvenate his career.

"I kind of look at it like a fresh start," he said. "It's a chance to maybe reprove myself. Going from New Jersey to here? The difference is night and day. Here, in a Canadian city, I think it is going to be a great experience to play hockey."



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