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Jooris thrilled to receive first call-up

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

COLUMBUS, OH -- So far, the 2014-15 campaign has treated Josh Jooris very nicely.

The 24-year-old came into rookie training camp in excellent shape, was an impact player for the Flames at the 2014 Young Stars Classic with one goal and four points in three games, and was able to carry over that mometum into main camp.

Jooris made his presence known in in the pre-season, scoring timely goals and showcasing his versatility in a variety of roles.

He even gained some Twitter attention from TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Now, he has earned his first NHL call-up.

"A whole world of emotions. I didn't really know what to say," he said. "It was obviously an unbelievable call.

"I felt great coming out of camp ... I think overall, things came together for me. I said this in the pre-season that I discovered myself and what it takes for me to be successful here."

The first people he called? Mom and Dad. And while he doesn't know if he is in the lineup tomorrow night in Ohio, his parents are on standby to make the five-hour drive to Columbus.

"They were thrilled," he smiled. "It will be nice if I'm in [the game.]"

While he was happy with what he accomplished in camp, he wasn't expecting to hear from the Flames this quickly. Rather, he was focused in on honing his game in the AHL.

"I got some great advice from the staff here, to go down and live in the moment. Treat every day as it's own, not worry about what was going on up with the roster - if there were injuries, if other guys got called up.

"Stuff like that kind of gets in the way. It distracts you from your mindset ... I just wanted to focus on myself."

Jooris signed a two-year, two-way pact with the Flames on July 30, 2013. He spent three years at Union College, capping off his junior year with a collegiate career-high 12 goals and 28 points in 39 games.

He spent his junior career in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, playing for the Burlington Cougars for two seasons.

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