With some 700 players in the league, he wonders, “how many guys are struggling without anybody to talk to? The official Facebook page of the Calgary Flames! So… what does the “tough as nails” Sheehy think of Tkachuk backing down from Tkachuk? {* traditionalSignIn_signInButton *}, Comment and participate in our online community. The Calgary Flames haven't made any major moves as free agency has started, but there have been some comings and goings this Friday afternoon.. Still wearing the lower half of his gear, McGrattan stepped into Hartley’s office and saw prospect Micheal Ferland sitting there, in tears. He wasnt that big but he was the best conditioned player on the team and he just wore the other tough guys down. He told Ferland that as long as he put in the work at the treatment centre, “when you come back, we’ll all be here for you.”. So why don’t we have someone helping guys with that lifestyle stuff?”. You may quibble about his skill-set, but essentially Bollig’s entire on-ice purpose was directly related to his ability to punch faces if he needed to. Krzysztof Oliwa is the guy that comes to mind for me, mostly because of me becoming a fan during the 04 run. But I agree that “functional toughness,” or whatever other term is used for it, is a much better path the game should go down rather than having enforcers. “Where was your girlfriend?” she asks now, of the day he finally decided to get help. My favorite was Tim Hunter. For the next three seasons, Myhres spent 20 days of every month with the Kings. 4. Calgary has found some talent from college Free Agents, ex-NHL players overseas, the Free Agent market, … “That gave me so much courage and hope, seeing this guy that I could relate to — finally.”, Flames' Matthew Tkachuk weighs in on impact of Auston Matthews' new deal, Predators' Watson suspended, enters stage two of substance abuse program, “How many guys are struggling without anybody to talk to? Michelle looks up from her early afternoon espresso and answers first: “No.” McGrattan nods in agreement. He fought for his sobriety. Sorry we could not verify that email address. Say whatever it is about Stu Grimson that … Since McGrattan joined the Flames staff, Treliving has had five or six other NHL GMs inquire about the benefits of the role and how it works. “You’re running an organization that’s worth $80 million in assets,” Myhres says. He remembers hearing presentations from doctors and getting a business card with a number you could call “if you were in trouble,” he says. Lombardi didn’t mince words: He asked Myhres how they could structure the role he’d mapped out years earlier as an in-house job in L.A. “It didn’t take very long for us to agree on most of it,” Myhres says. Founded in 2009, The Hockey Writers is a premier destination for news and information on everything hockey. A weekly deep dive into the biggest hockey news in the world with hosts Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek. Myhres came up with the job title. Once one of the NHL's best power forwards, Kevin Stevens lost his career to a combination of injury and drug addiction. He took it up by necessity after he turned pro because he wanted to crack the NHL and figured that was the way to get there for a kid his size. ... and now he’s playing for the Calgary Flames. “I was actually awful,” he says, grinning. It got its start with another NHL enforcer. As he sits here at home surrounded by his family and dogs, McGrattan considers whether the other 30 teams in the NHL are doing enough to support players struggling with personal issues. “But things have evolved, and I think they’re changing across the league. No, unlike his days as an enforcer, McGrattan’s biggest impact is now felt outside the rink, because any player wanting to discuss a sensitive issue won’t be doing so here. Myhres sees McGrattan as insurance for the Flames, allowing the front office to rest easier knowing their biggest assets — the players — are in good hands. “Would never have had this,” McGrattan says, describing what would’ve happened had he kept careening down the path he was on a little more than a decade ago. Hold it right there….don’t forget Mr. Willie Plett…;). We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Doh! That lifestyle stuff can be especially daunting for a rookie stepping into the league, as Dillon Dube can attest. He knows I’m here for him, any time.”. Robinson is known for being Johnny Gaudreau's boyhood friend and saw a little bit of time with the big … “We talked a lot, and we’re still talking.”, But to Poirier, 24, and now a part of the Winnipeg Jets organization, the conversations aren’t the only important part of his friendship with McGrattan. There is no Tim Hunter, Brian McGrattan, or Eric Godard among them. “I don’t think so,” he says. All info is taken from HockeyFights.com/stats which is a great resource with amazing archives.