Flames get taste of minor hockey week fever

It’s the kickoff weekend of Esso Minor Hockey Week, and the Calgary Flames saw evidence of the annual hockeyfest first-hand.

The National Hockey League club skated on Saturday at WinSport Arena because of the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks which moved into the Scotiabank Saddledome for the evening.

Minor hockey players lined the boards as the Flames practised and were patiently waiting for autographs following the brief twirl.

“Oh man, great juice,” said Flames head coach Bill Peters. “It’s awesome. It’s a great week for these kids, great for the city. The biggest minor hockey week in North America. It’s exciting to be around these kids, and they love it. They’ve been here all day, and they’ll be here all week. It’s awesome.”

Running from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, this is the 40th anniversary of the event and will feature approximately 12,000 kids, 655 teams, over 900 games, 2,600 coaches and
4,000 volunteers throughout the week.

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