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The Calgary Hitmen could see five players selected this year

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

The Calgary Hitmen could see five of their players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, taking place June 22-23 in Dallas.

Forwards Carson Focht, Tristen Nielsen and Riley Stotts as well as defencemen Vladislav Yeryomenko and Egor Zamula are eligible this year and all have landed on the NHL Central Scouting's rankings at least once this season.


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The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Hakan Loob as head European pro scout.

"We want to grow our presence in Europe,'' said Flames General Manager Brad Treliving. "It's an area we want to expand. Hakan has a great eye for talent, he's familiar with Europe and he's a worker. This isn't just because Hakan was a great Flame. He's so well connected over there. Hakan Loob walks into a room and he's well known and well respected."

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SOCIAL BUZZ - 18.06.18

See what Flames players and prospects have been up to this month


Check in on how the boys are doing this off-season with this week's edition of Social Buzz!

Tweet from @TroyBrouwer36: #theamericans should not be over! The series had lots left. But I have been entertained for many years. Well done #theamericansfinale

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Vladislav Yeryomenko was the Hitmen's go-to defenceman in 2017-18

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

An extra year made a world of difference.

After being passed over the 2017 NHL Draft, Hitmen defenceman Vladislav Yeryomenko was determined to make a statement in his sophomore season.

The Belarus native didn't disappoint, as he became the go-to defender for the Hitmen to chip in offensively and play against the opposition's top lines.

"I was happy to get as many points as I did and help the team as much as I could," Yeryomenko said. "I gained a lot of confidence in my game and want to continue to improve each day.

"I'm so excited for the draft, it's a big moment for me and we'll see if I hear my name called. I'm not too worried if I don't get drafted because I know there will be opportunities but I am definitely hoping to be drafted."

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Loooooooooob excited to return to the Flames fold as Head of European Scouting

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Over 29 years have passed since borrowing a screwdriver from trainer Bearcat Murray and removing the nameplate above his dressing stall as a keepsake on the way back home to Sweden.

"Would it feel the same if I was joining Buffalo or Pittsburgh?'' muses the current, older version of Hakan Loob.

"I can't say for sure, of course. But I can't believe it would.

"It's Calgary. I have a heart for the city. A big heart.

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Sonia Scurfield remembered as wonderful person with a contagious optimism

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Among an unending album of personal Lanny McDonald favourites that touchstone night, one photo in particular stands out right now from the wee hours of May 26, 1989.

"On the plane ride home from Montreal, Sonia sitting on the plane with the other owners around her and the Stanley Cup right there beside her," the Flames' icon is reminiscing.

"It's her, front and centre, and the other five guys around her and the Cup.

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The Russian defenceman settled right in with the Hitmen this year

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

The surface hasn't even been scratched.

Playing in his first season in North America, Hitmen defenceman Egor Zamula didn't need much time to settle in.

The towering defenceman looked right at home, especially after the Hitmen claimed the Russian of Import Waivers in January from the Regina Pats.

"He brings a lot to the table with his size, his hockey IQ and being a tough defender to play against," Hitmen general manager Jeff Chynoweth said.

"He's a player that's garnered a lot of interest from NHL teams and for good reason."

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Draft is about more than simply selecting early, says Treliving

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

The wait, Brad Treliving fully acknowledges, could seem interminable.

Into Day Two on the floor of American Airlines Arena in Big D, as things stand, before ambling up to the dais, clearing his throat and welcoming a new addition to the family.

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The challenges the netminder faced in his first pro season will serve as a learning experience going forward

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

It is safe to say Tyler Parsons' first professional season didn't go the way he had planned.

"Tyler missed 20 games this season due to injury," Flames assistant GM Brad Pascall told "He played 28 in the ECHL and seven in the American League. Playing 35 games in your first year of pro is good but you want your young players playing and not sitting.

"Unfortunately, he was injured at various times through the year. It was frustrating for him, for sure. I think his injuries made it difficult for him to get into a rhythm.

"He would be playing well, getting used to the pro game and then would miss some games due to injury. He'd get back, recovered from an injury, and get back into the swing of things, playing well, and then have another injury.

"The injuries, they hampered his season - you can't get into any sort of rhythm when you're battling injuries over the year, physically or mentally."

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The Flames express our deep sadness at the passing of our friend and former co-owner Sonia Scurfield


The Calgary Flames ownership, management, alumni, players and staff express our deep sadness at the passing of our friend and former Flames co-owner Sonia Scurfield. We send our love and condolences to the entire Scurfield family.

"Sonia lived a life of devotion to her family and her community," said Flames President & CEO Ken King. "The Scurfield family was an important part of bringing the NHL to our city and we will be eternally grateful. We will miss Sonia's friendship, wisdom and support."

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