While the Calgary Flames could not make the playoffs this season, their AHL (American Hockey League) affiliate, the Calgary Wranglers, look like they can go all the way.
After their 72-game season, the Wranglers finished the season first in the league and the Pacific Division with a record of 51-17-3-1 (shootout loss) and 106 points.
The Wranglers finished out the season, listing two out of three games against the Abbotsford Canucks, winning the last game of the season 3-2
Flames top prospect Dustin Wolf will play for the Wranglers in the playoffs as he just had his NHL debut with the Flames; he helped the Flames finish off the season with a win. It was announced over the weekend that Wolf received the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for the 2022-23 season. A goaltender must have appeared in at least 25 of his team’s games to win the award. Wolf finished the season with an outstanding record of 42-10-2 and seven shutouts.
Matthew Philips, who led the team in points this season, with 36 goals and 40 assists in 60 games, has been named to the AHL first-team all-stars along with Wolf.
Jeremie Poirier, a rookie with the Wranglers made the AHL all-rookie team as a defenseman, he had nine goals and 33 assists on the season.
Wranglers Head Coach Mitch Love has also been named coach of the year in the AHL.
Also to help in the playoff push, Walker Duehr and Jakob Pelletier have been returned from the Flames to the Wranglers.
Who the Wranglers play in their first playoff series is yet to be determined as they have received a first round.
Back on March 31, the Wranglers introduced their brand new mascot, and he is somewhat familiar!
Introducing.... BLASTY! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/S1Q4XHA7gw— y- Calgary Wranglers (@AHLWranglers) March 31, 2023
This is the inaugural year in Calgary for the Wranglers after moving from Stockton and being known as the Stockton Heat.