Jonas Hiller’s new Flames Retro Night mask is a thing of beauty

Jared Clinton
Jonas Hiller's Retro Night mask (via FlamesTV/NHL)

Calgary Flames netminder Jonas Hiller has long been one of the NHL’s most stylish goaltenders. His matte black masks in Anaheim and Calgary, fit with gold cages, were unique and something that hadn’t been seen before. Now, for the Flames’ retro night on March 19, Hiller has a new, beautiful mask to showcase.

The mask, a mixture of the deep yellow and red that pop on Calgary’s throwback uniforms, includes a “stitched on” Flames logo, the matte paint job that Hiller has made popular and his signature gold cage. There are also a lot of smaller details that you might not catch at first glance.

FlamesTV host Kristin Hallett caught up with Hiller to ask him about what went into the design, why he chose it and his other retro night gear, including a slick set of pads: Read more

Calgary’s AHL team in Stockton officially unveils name, jerseys

Jared Clinton
The Stockton Heat unveiled their official logo Wednesday. (via Stockton Heat)

When Calgary’s AHL team takes the ice in Stockton next season, they’ll do so as the Stockton Heat.

In an event held Wednesday evening at Stockton’s University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Stockton’s AHL team president Dave Piecuch unveiled both the name – Stockton Heat – and jerseys for the team which will begin play in the AHL in 2015-16 in the newly formed Pacific Division. Take your first look at the jerseys: Read more

John Gibson’s scrambling, diving stick save robs Sean Monahan

Jared Clinton
John Gibson (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the most part, Wednesday night’s game against the Calgary Flames is one that Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson would like to forget. However, one of the lone bright spots — a diving stick save on Sean Monahan — might stick around on Gibson’s highlight-reel for years to come.

Late in the first period, with the score already tied 2-2, a cross-ice pass to Monahan from Jiri Hudler got Gibson moving hard to his right. Using a quick deke, Monahan shook Gibson out of his crease and had a wide-open net to slide the puck into. Thankfully, the puck hopped over Monahan’s stick on the initial attempt, but he got ahold of the second effort, which forced Gibson to dive across the crease with his paddle out to make a remarkable stop. Read more

The Prospect Hot List: Captain of the undefeated

Jack McNeely (photo courtesy of Mark Hvidsten)

It’s getting down to crunch time in the prospect world, as the most wonderful time of year is upon us. College hockey has already entered the conference playoff stage while major junior is down to jockeying for berths in the post-season. The high schoolers in Minnesota are already finished and the story of the winners is pretty compelling. Meet the captain of that squad, plus nine other NHL prospects making noise in our weekly round-up.

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Johnny Gaudreau shakes Craig Anderson with beautiful shootout move

Jared Clinton
Johnny Gaudreau (Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Love the shootout or not, it’s impossible to deny that the skills competition provides some incredible highlight reel fodder. Johnny Gaudreau’s Sunday is case in point.

Coming down one-on-one against Craig Anderson, Gaudreau didn’t just put one great move on the Ottawa Senators goaltender, he used so many that Anderson started to look like a robot gone haywire. Gaudreau strated with a leg kick, on which Anderson bit, followed that up with a fake to the backhand which drew Anderson to his left and finished it off by going forehand to push the puck between Anderson’s legs and into the net. Read more

Cardiac Calgary: Flames trail Ottawa 4-0 in third, rally to force overtime

Matt Larkin
Calgary Flames. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Maybe it’s time we stopped trying to figure out the Calgary Flames.

So they’re a young team, amassing elite prospects like Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett, building for the future. Doesn’t matter. The Flames are winning right now.

So the analytics numbers suggest they’re one of the league’s worst possession teams – inferior even to Edmonton, Toronto, Arizona and Carolina. Doesn’t matter. The Flames are winning right now.

So they lost all-world blueliner Mark Giordano to a torn biceps tendon for the season. Doesn’t matter. The Flames are winning right now. Visit Philly, visit Boston, visit Detroit, no problem, come out with six points to start March.

But surely, a 4-0 deficit in the third period of Sunday’s game against the Ottawa Senators would smother these Flames, right? Absolutely not. Here’s the must-watch sequence if you missed it:

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Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau setting the hockey world on fire. But what fuels him?

Ryan Kennedy
Johnny Gaudreau (Abelimages/Getty Images)

From the Hollydell Arena he runs in New Jersey, Guy Gaudreau can practically see the hockey-mad city of Philadelphia, though in the small town of Carney’s Point, hockey has historically taken a backseat to the other major American sports. The most famous person to come out of the town is actor Bruce Willis, but there’s a new name on the scene, and it happens to be Gaudreau’s son John.

Yes, in Carney’s Point, one of the most dynamic and unlikely hockey talents in generations is simply known to friends and family as ‘John,’ once a tyke whose dad put Skittles on the ice for him and his younger brother to skate toward while Guy was coaching 16-year-olds.

“It entertained them for the hour,” Guy said. “They were really wired up by the time they were done.”

But outside the confines of Riverside South Jersey, that tiny tyke is Calgary Flames right winger Johnny Gaudreau, a.k.a. ‘Johnny Hockey,’ a prospect whose legend grew so fast that the Flames literally had a private jet pick him up after his college career was finished so he and Boston College linemate Bill Arnold could be whisked away to join the NHL as soon as possible.

And while Arnold is still learning the pro game one season later in the minors, Gaudreau is one of the top-scoring rookies in the NHL – not to mention one of the smallest in recent memory. When Calgary drafted Gaudreau in the fourth round in 2011 out of the USHL, the youngster was listed at 5-foot-6 and 137 pounds. He’s not a whole lot bigger now, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting together one of the most impressive pre-NHL careers around and silencing the many doubters he had. Read more

Prep schools battle to be the next big hockey factory

Ryan Kennedy
St. Andrew's alum Warren Foegele (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The first-ever National Independent School Invitational Championship is happening now, just north of Toronto. Hosted by St. Andrew’s College and Upper Canada College, the 10-team challenge brings together a lot of prep programs that are familiar with each other, but organizers hope this shindig will also increase the level of exposure these hockey teams receive.

While New England prep schools have long been known for hockey excellence, programs such as St. Andrew’s and Stanstead College in Quebec are just beginning to rise up. St. Andrew’s boasts Carolina Hurricanes third-rounder Warren Foegele as an alum, while Stanstead produced Calgary Flames first-rounder Mark Jankowski.

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