The students are, frankly, tickled for the teacher.
"He's helped so many of us get the chance to go up and play in the NHL,'' says left winger Andrew Mangiapane. "It's great that it's him getting the call-up now."
Thursday's announcement that Ryan Huska had been elevated from head coach of the AHL Stockton Heat to assistant here with the Flames is well deserved, and being widely applauded.
The roll-call of players from California to take NHL bows and earn spots during his tenure piloting the organization's top minor-league affiliate is lengthy: Mangiapane, Mark Jankowski, Brett Kulak, Micheal Ferland, Spencer Foo, Rasmus Andersson, Garnet Hathaway, Jon Gillies, David Rittich, Morgan Klimchuk, et al.