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BENNETT, BRODIE HELPING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY

Both will be out in the community on Dec. 15 promoting causes near and dear to their heart

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Calgary Flames players Sam Bennett and TJ Brodie will be in the community Friday afternoon to raise awareness for causes near and dear to their heart. 

Bennett will be serving lunches at Third Academy School as part of his new community program with Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, a charity that partners with Calgary schools to ensure that healthy lunches are provided to students who would otherwise go hungry. 

Last month, the Flames forward alongside the Calgary Flames Foundation presented the charity with a $70,000 donation to help feed over 3,200 children in 207 schools every day.

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES VS. SHARKS

Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie for tonight's game

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - Glen Gulutzan has confirmed he'll roll with the same lineup as he used in Minnesota on Tuesday.

Forwarc Freddie Hamilton and defenceman Matt Bartkowski will sit as healthy scratches. Jaromir Jagr will miss tonight's game with a lower body injury. He is considered day-to-day and skated yesterday.

Here are tonight's projected lines, defence pairings and goaltender:

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5 THINGS - FLAMES VS. SHARKS

Calgary hosts Pacific Division rival tonight at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @typilson / calgaryflames.com

FLAMES (16-12-3: 35 pts) vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS (16-10-3: 35 pts)

7 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet Flames | RADIO: Sports960 The FAN

Season Series: 0-0-0

All-Time Record: 61-43-8-5

Current Leading Scorers:

Flames

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (38)

Goals - Sean Monahan (17)

Sharks 

Points - Logan Couture (25)

Goals - Couture (15)

 

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STATEMENT FROM ZALAPSKI FAMILY

Thankful to everyone for outpouring of support

http://www.calgaryflames.com @NHLFlames

"On behalf of the Zalapski family, we thank you for your messages, condolences and memories of Zarley. We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our son and brother. Zarley was not only an accomplished hockey player, he was also a kind and generous soul. He will be deeply missed and remain in our hearts forever.  

"The overwhelming response from friends and fans is of great comfort to our family at this time."

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FLAMES BETTER HALVES TO HOST TOY DRIVE

The Flames Better Halves will host a holiday fundraising initiative in honour of Emerson Stajan on Dec. 14

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - On December 14th, the Flames Better Halves - the significant others of the Flames - will host a holiday fundraising initiative in honour of Emerson Stajan through the Calgary Flames Foundation benefitting Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

Flames fans are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to Section 223 on the main concourse to help fill the "Magic Room" at the House and support children and their families who will be staying at the Alberta Children's Hospital during the holiday season.

"The Flames Better Halves are all so excited to host a Toy Drive this year, as part of our annual holiday initiative," said Katie Stajan. "This toy drive is close to all of our hearts, as it will be in honour of our late son, Emerson Stajan. All of the toys, gift cards and cash donations will be going directly to the Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation."

"For Matt and I, it is so special to be able to help others in our son's honour and keep Emerson's memory and legacy alive in all of our hearts. We hope to collect as many toys, gift cards and cash donations as possible in hopes of making a difference in the lives of families who are staying at the House and hospital this holiday season. Flames fans are the best fans in the world, and we are so appreciative of the support that they continue to show us every year, through every initiative. THANK YOU!"

The Flames Better Halves continue to give back to the community through the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Flames Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation, with the support of partners and donors, has raised millions of dollars for education, health and wellness, and amateur and grassroots sports. Every season, the Calgary Flames Foundation raises over $4 million in support of these three key areas

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TIM HORTONS TO BE SERVED AT SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME

Canada's favorite coffee is taking over the Scotiabank Saddledome

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY - Canada's favorite coffee is taking over the Scotiabank Saddledome. Tim Hortons has been serving its great products from six concessions since the first home game of the season. 

The Calgary Flames will now welcome the Tim Hortons Kiosk on the concourse which will serve coffee, tea, and hot chocolate throughout the arena.

"The Calgary Flames and Tim Hortons have always enjoyed an excellent partnership and we're delighted that this relationship has grown to the point of offering Tim's coffee and select products to our Fans," said Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation President Ken King. "We look forward to working with the wonderful and talented people at Tim Hortons."

"Tim Hortons is a proud partner of the Calgary Flames and we are thrilled to be able to bring Canada's Favourite Coffee and other Tims favourites to the Scotiabank Saddledome," said Sami Siddiqui, President Tim Hortons Canada. "In Canada, hockey and Tims go hand-in-hand so we are delighted to be able to provide the incredible fans in Calgary them together in one place to enjoy."

Fans will be treated to Canada's favorite coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for FREE tomorrow as the Flames take on the San Jose Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

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FLAMES FALL TO WILD IN SHOOTOUT

Calgary extends point streak to four games despite setback in Minnesota

by LAURENCE HEINEN @lheinen21 / CalgaryFlames.com

Despite losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild, the Flames thought they deserved a better fate on Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.

 

"Shootouts are tough to swallow," said Calgary captain Mark Giordano, who watched from the bench as Johnny Gaudreau scored in the first round of the skills competition. "It's nerve-wracking. You want that extra point to put the W in the win column."

 

Chris Stewart answered right back for Minnesota before Mikael Granlund notched the winner in the fifth round to give the Wild a 2-1 victory while denying the Flames (16-12-3) from winning their third straight game.

 

"I thought guys battled hard tonight," said forward Micheal Ferland, who scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames. "It would have been nice to get that other point. That's the way the game goes sometimes. We keep playing like that, I think we'll get results."

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REMEMBERING ZARLEY

Teammates and Flames alumni shocked and saddened by loss

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

Reflecting on his former teammate on a tremendously sad, sobering day, Gord Sherven's thoughts kept returning to Christmastime 1987.

Back to when Zarley Zalapski was reaching the apex of his not inconsiderable powers, the hockey world seemingly at his feet.

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ON THE PASSING OF ZARLEY ZALAPSKI

A statement from Ken King

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Former Flames defenceman Zarley Zalapski has passed away at the age of 49.

The Edmonton-born Zalapski, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1986, played for Calgary from 1993-97.

"We are deeply saddened with the news of Zarley's passing. We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey; made Calgary his home following his playing career; represented our alumni executive; and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family. This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family."

Ken King, President & CEO, Calgary Flames Hockey Club

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QUOTABLES - FLAMES @ WILD

A rundown on what was discussed during this morning's media availability

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Glen Gulutzan on today's full skate at the Xcel Energy Center:

"We just tried to get them loosened up. I tried to go as quick as we could, did our same little routine but shortened it up. And obviously a little powerplay to get our guys feeling the puck. That's an area that we want to keep working with here, with some of the injuries we've had."

Gulutzan on the powerplay:

"You need to build some chemistry, one, and then you need to do the same things: you need to get the puck to the middle of the ice, you need to shoot from the top, you need to shoot from the flanks and then have guys in retrieval positions. It's pretty simple but you can put together whatever you want but you need to execute, you need to feel confident. But it's pretty simple - our powerplay is pretty simple in nature."

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