Calgarypuck Logo Finalists – Short List

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With almost 600 votes cast on 11 logo concepts in the last week its time to widdle the list down to a more managable number.

Once again thanks to the artists for the contributions, and the membership for their passion in helping the web site select a new look.

Below are the four most popular logos from the original list of 11. In the first go round we let people select multiple logos from the list to ensure we got a good representation of the popularity of each concept. This time around its a single vote for a favourite out of four.

With snow on the ground, and Flame’s prospects packing luggage its almost hockey season, but first lets finish some logo business! - Full Article –

Calgarypuck Logo Finalists

September 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

What better time to change the look of a site then when the hockey club is going through a rebuild of their own. Even better when said rework happens in August and acts as excellent filler to get rabid hockey fans out of the dog days of Summer and back into the hockey season.

First off we want to thank everyone for their creativity and vigour in designing numerous logos that were frankly much more professional than I ever could have expected.

Thirty some days, and well over 100 iterations of logo ideas and below we have 13 finalists that are set to go to vote to help me in picking a winner for the site.

To those that didn’t make the cut, I apologize, it would have been easy to have 20 in this group. I weighed what I liked, and comments I read from others on each logo to come up with what I think is a pretty solid group to choose from.

Thanks again everyone for your tremendous support!
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Calgarypuck 2014 Prospect Rankings (Top Ten)

August 31st, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

So what kind of lunatic would run 39 rounds of prospect ranking polls in 44 days?

This kind of lunatic that’s who; I’m well aware of who I’m dealing with.

The hockey season is long, well that is for most people. However for the type of clientele that frequent the season just can’t come soon enough.
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Flames Take Sam Bennett With Pick #4

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Always love when I get a chance to put a story up on draft day.

Its raw. The player is 10 minutes old as a Calgary Flame. Things are sinking in slowly. You had your own list going into the draft and you hope it goes your way.

Then you see the selection, and you can take a deep breath.

Last year I felt elated when Lindholm was taken a pick ahead of Calgary. I jumped out of my seat. I didn’t envision such an immediate entry into Flames lore, a 20 goal season, and rising to my feet many more times during the season but I was pumped.

Similar feeling this year with the Flames getting Sam Bennett, after the Oilers take Draisaitl at #3.

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Flames Round by Round Draft History – Part II (Rounds 6 through 1)

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A general team building rule of thumb is the aim to put three bodies in your NHL jersey in each and every NHL draft, a feat not always met by NHL clubs.

The first round, especially after a morbid season of missing the playoffs is crucial to getting a franchise back on its feet and moving up the standings, the second round is where you add depth to your roster and become a contender. Then further down the list you need to be lucky and/or brilliant in finding diamonds in the rough, thrusting the organization forward.

The Flames had many a wash out draft in the past ten years; have a look at 2006 and a hockey fan almost comes to tears … 8 players chosen, and 13 games played, all by first rounder Leland Irving. Players selected in 2006 would be entering year 8 or 9 in development and should form the nucleaus of your hockey team. Not in this case.

More recent years have had way more success including the 2011 draft where all 5 players have either played for the Flames or been used to acquire a player currently playing Calgary. That’s 5 for 5 folks.

With that said Calgarypuck takes a look back at previous drafts in a two part series, looking at success round by round.

Today we look at rounds 1 through 6.
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