With the season underway fans are finally getting the chance to see the players on the ice doing what they do best. Still though, some of the guys might be unfamiliar to fans, so we want to continue our Meet the Heat segment and keep putting names to faces for you, the fans.
For today’s installment, we feature one of the alternate captains forward Garnet Hathaway.
Hathaway is currently in his second full season as a pro player in the Calgary Flames American Hockey League organization.
Last season with the Adirondack Flames, Hathaway produced as not just the gritty forward that he’s advertised as, but also finished second on the team in goals scored with 19 on the season.
The Kennebunkport, Maine native has yet to get on the board this season, but has certainly made his presence felt in other ways.
He’s a leader in the locker room and an example of how Coach Huska wants his guys to play on the ice. His net-front presence and work in his own zone is what keeps him in the lineup every night.
Prior to turning pro, Hathaway played four years at Brown University where in 121 games he scored 58 points and amassed 178 penalty minutes.
He served as one of the team’s alternate captains during his final two seasons with the Bears, proving once again that his leadership qualities are one of his biggest strong suits.
Hathaway went undrafted every year he was eligible, but that didn’t stop him from working as hard as he could to earn an NHL contract.
The Abbotsford Heat gave him his first chance at pro hockey at the end of the 2013-14 season and on through the 2014-15 campaign with the Adirondack Flames.
The now 23-year-old forward impressed the Calgary bras so much during that time with their AHL affiliate that he earned himself an NHL Entry Level contract ahead of this season.
Hathaway has become one of Calgary’s top prospects despite being overlooked in the draft and is one of those players that works extremely hard to get better everyday. He was one of the later guys sent down from Flames camp and Hathaway is determined to find his way back up north to Calgary sometime in hopes of making his NHL debut.
That said, he has remained committed to success in Stockton with the Heat and continues to display the leadership qualities and compete level that earned him a look from Flames brass in the first place.
Read the other Meet the Heat’s:
Jon Gillies – Goaltender
Hunter Smith – Forward
Bill Arnold – Forward
Brett Kulak – Defenseman
Morgan Klimchuk – Forward
Kenny Agostino – Forward
Oliver Kylington – Defenseman
Austin Carroll – Forward
Ryan Lomberg – Forward
Colton Orr – Forward
Tyler Wotherspoon – Defenseman
Jakub Nakladal – Defenseman
Markus Granlund – Forward
Aaron Johnson – Defenseman