Flames Development Camp wrapped up with a Heat veteran standing out from the pack, along with a few newcomers making a name for themselves, but overall, General Manager Brad Treliving was pleased with what the Future Flames were able to show.
“This was about giving them the tools to be successful,” Treliving told CalgaryFlames.com. “A lot of it is the why and the how. How do you get there? Why do you do it? There’s no excuses now, it’s here’s what we expect and here’s how we’re going to help get you to where you need to be.”
No doubt Treliving was pleased with his most recent college signing in Spencer Foo and goaltender Tyler Parsons, who repeatedly stole the show.
In addition to stealing the show on the ice, both Parsons and Foo really impressed the Flames brass off the ice.
With his ability to bond with his teammates and put in tough work throughout the camp, the Flames gave Parsons the Flames Development Camp Character Award presented to him by Flames Equipment Manager Mark Depasquale.
As for Spencer Foo, he made an immediate impact off the ice and earned the trust of Flames Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan van Asten, and was named the camps Fittest Player.
Having become a fan favorite in Stockton, it comes as no surprise, especially considering this was his third Development Camp with the Flames that Ryan Lomberg earned the Leadership Award by Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska. His speed, effort and tenacity once again on display at camp, was also matched with his ability to lead younger players by example on what is expected of a professional athlete.
Other Heat players in attendance at Flames Development Camp included Emile Poirier, Oliver Kylington, Andrew Mangiapane, Hunter Smith, Rasmus Andersson, Kayle Doetzel, Adam Ollas Mattsson, Josh Healey, Brett Pollock, Matthew Phillips, Dillon Dube, and goaltenders Mason McDonald and Nick Schneider.Now the focus shifts over to the upcoming rookie camp in early September.