During Stockton’s New Year’s Eve game on Sunday, Andrew Mangiapane was busy ringing in 2018 with the Calgary Flames in his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks. The 21-year-old winger becomes the sixth Heat player to get called up to the Calgary Flames this season, but just the first to make his NHL debut.
Mangiapane was all smiles up in Calgary on Sunday and it all started with a solo skate in front of a sold out crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mangiapane is now the tenth player under Ryan Huska to get called up to the Calgary Flames and make their NHL debut, joining Jon Gillies, Mark Jankowski, David Rittich and Rasmus Andersson, who all debuted last season.
On Sunday night Mangiapane skated on Calgary’s fourth line alongside Troy Brouwer and Matt Stajan, logging 2 shots in 7:26 of ice time. The Flames skated to a 4-3 overtime victory, highlighted by a strong first period for Calgary. The speedy forward wasted no time making his presence felt as he registered a shot in his opening shift while buzzing around the offensive zone.
“The whole game was unbelievable. It was an unreal experience,” said Mangiapane following the game on Sunday.
Following the game Mangiapane donned the Calgary Police Service cowboy hat of the game. Mangiapane is now the third Heat player to wear the hat this season, joining Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway.
Mangiapane received the call up to the Flames on Sunday morning following a terrific start to the season in Stockton recording a team leading 14 goals and 33 points in 29 games. Mangiapane made his NHL debut just two years after the Flames drafted him in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Through 96 pro games Mangiapane has 34 goals and 74 points.