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Aging dome no deterrent for free agents

Player agent says age of the Saddledone is low on the list factors free agents weigh in deciding where to play

saddledome thumbWith the Joe Louis in Detroit and Rexall Place in Edmonton, replacement arenas are already breaking ground, and with the Islanders moving from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the Barclay's Centre in Brooklyn, the Calgary Flames home, the Scotiabank Saddledome is set to become the oldest building in the NHL.

The Flames are at the beginning of their efforts to have a new arena built. With such an old building to call home for the foreseeable future, will the Flames suffer in recruiting free agent players to sign with their club?

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Bauer Canada and Hockey Calgary team up

Bauer Canada's 'Grow the Game' initiative helps ease parents' concerns with the price of hockey

CC-HockeySome parents are hesitant in enrolling their children in hockey because of the high cost, but Bauer Canada's Grow the Game initiative has partnered with Hockey Calgary and other local minor hockey associations across Canada to help ease their hesitancy.

Northwest Calgary Athletic Association president Ty Snaith says the cost factor of hockey is high, especially for elite hockey teams.

"Hockey in this country is becoming an elites sport because a lot of people just can't afford it," says Snaith.

Snaith says the parents of kids playing for midget or bantam AAA hockey teams are paying around $6,000 to $7,000 a year to have their kid in hockey.

That's not quite what hockey dad Jeff Shugg is paying – although the final bill is still costly.

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Johnny Forzani: From jersey to business suit

Cold practices inspired former Calgary Stampeder to pursue business opportunity after devastating ankle injury

Forzani CatchAfter former Calgary Stampeder Johnny Forzani suffered a career-ending ankle injury, it would have been natural to expect him to flounder in the career world.

Instead, Forzani traded in his jersey for a suit, and along with a childhood friend, Jesse Galvon, kick started a business that is now a part of the growing wearable technology industry.

Forzani, 25, was a player with the team from 2010 to 2012. His best season came in 2011 when he had 45 receptions for 761 yards and five touchdowns.

But in 2012 he suffered a devastating ankle injury.

The former Stampeder tore all of the ligaments in his ankle and the healing process lead to the end of his professional football career.

"It was devastating," says Forzani.

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Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk: Canada’s long drive champion

Calgary golfer uses her powerful swing to launch career

2009-long-drive-champthumb"No, little missy, the ladies tees are up there," said the starter at the famous first hole of Pebble Beach Golf Club, as he pointed toward the front tee box.

Lisa Vlooswyk, or Lisa Longball as she's better known, gave a little smirk to the starter. "But my handicap indicates I should play from the blues," said the friendly Vlooswyk, who was excited to be playing the legendary track for the first time in 2002.

"Oh no no no no no no no no, all ladies need to play from the ladies tees," responded the starter.

After some exchanged words Vlooswyk managed to get her way, and waited patiently for the group in front of her to clear the fairway. The group in front of her included legend and four-time Masters Champion Arnold Palmer.

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