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CALGARY - Ryan Getzlaf returns to Calgarys Saddledome on Sunday not as a member of the enemy Anaheim Ducks, but to be celebrated Antworten

CALGARY - Ryan Getzlaf returns to Calgarys Saddledome on Sunday not as a member of the enemy Anaheim Ducks, but to be celebrated as a Calgary Hitmen alumnus. Craig Stammen Jersey .The forward watched former Ducks teammate Teemu Selanne have his No. 8 retired at Anaheims Honda Centre just a few days ago.At 29, Getzlaf has several more years of NHL hockey before the Ducks honour him that way. But he has reached a stage of his career where his hockey legacy has begun to be documented.The Western Hockey Leagues Calgary Hitmen, who are owned by the NHLs Flames, are making Getzlaf the inaugural member of their Forever A Hitmen honour role.The Regina native played four seasons for the Hitmen from 2002 to 2005 before going on to win a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, as well as Olympic gold medals with the Canadian mens hockey team in 2010 and 2014.Getzlaf will be at Scotiabank Saddledome prior to Sundays Hitmen game versus the Regina Pats. His name on a banner will be put on permanent display there.Seeing the extent of how people welcomed Teemu and how much he meant to a lot of people around the rink and with the fans and everything makes you kind of think back on your time for sure, Getzlaf said.Anaheims captain since 2010 has averaged almost a point per game in just over 650 career games for the Ducks. At 28-10-6, the Ducks are pulling away with the Pacific Division lead this season.The Hitmen helped lay the foundation for Getzlafs rapid rise to premier-player status in the NHL.I wasnt fortunate enough to win a Memorial Cup or anything like that, but I got a lot of good playoff experience and good exposure, Getzlaf said. Playing in the Western league, you learn what that 82-game schedule is like. You also get to experience things in Calgary that you dont in a lot of places.To see NHL teams come in and out and practise and watch games, and you get a lot of exposure to the pro lifestyle, thats a pretty good thing when youre trying to change into a pro.Now six foot four and 220 pounds, Getzlaf grew almost four inches between his WHL bantam draft, when he was taken in the third round, and his first Hitmen training camp in 2000.He compiled 95 goals and 125 assists in 215 games as well as 12 goals and 16 assists in 28 playoff games for the Hitmen.A first-round pick of the Ducks in 2003, he would have played in the NHL at 19 if not for the lockout of 2004-05. But remaining in junior made him available for what is arguably the best Canadian junior mens hockey team in history.Part of a unique class of big Canadian forwards born in 1985, Getzlaf, Jeff Carter and Brent Burns were the three towering forwards head coach Brent Sutter put on the ice for opening faceoffs.Canada dominated the 2005 world junior championship in Grand Fork, N.D., to win gold for the first time since 1997. The tournament was the highlight of Getzlafs final season of major junior hockey.Our team probably wouldnt have had a lot of guys at that world juniors had the NHL been playing, he recalled. It was an experience I wouldnt trade in for the world.He twice played for Canadas junior team — winning a silver medal in 2004 — and was twice a WHL all-star. He remains involved with his major junior team sponsoring a Hitmen program called Getzlafs Gamers which provides Hitmen tickets to children.Everyone in Calgary was always good to me, Getzlaf said. The people around the city, even when I came back as the enemy, people were always pretty good to me.The Hitmen arent retiring his No. 15 in Sundays ceremony and Getzlaf applauds that.I think its a good way to do it where you dont have to lose numbers, he explained.Especially at the junior level, I dont think you can start putting up a whole bunch of jerseys up in the rafters and not have numbers to wear, so its a cool way of honouring somebody and not sacrificing the number forever. Rollie Fingers Jersey . Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes. He was headed for his fourth triple-double of the season, but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score. Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points for Chicago, going 5 for 6 on 3-pointers, Carlos Boozer added 18 points, D. Cory Spangenberg Jersey . -- The NFL Players Association wants to determine if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaked information about quarterback Josh Freeman being in the NFLs substance abuse program. . Not bad for a defenceman. The goal, that is. Although the shuffling dance steps werent bad, either. Barrie scored 55 seconds into overtime, Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, and the Avalanche moved a step closer to their first playoff berth in four years with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.Richmond, VA ( - Hoping to lengthen a seven-game win streak, the 20th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth Rams entertain the Saint Josephs Hawks in an Atlantic 10 Conference tilt at the Siegel Center. After starting the season ranked in the Top-25, VCU fell out of the poll after several early losses set the team back. But with seven consecutive wins, including a 71-65 win over Davidson on Wednesday night, the Rams are back on track. Saint Josephs hasnt been so lucky of late. The Hawks, who made it to the NCAA Tournament last season, have dropped three consecutive contests, and have fallen below .500 with a 6-7 overall record. The team dropped a tight 71-68 decision to Duquesne on the road Wednesday night. This will be the seventh meeting between Saint Josephs and VCU on the basketball court. Each side has won three games so far, with the Hawks taking both head-to-head clashes last season by a combined 11 points. Down late in the game Wednesday, Saint Josephs tried to make one last rally to gain the advantage. DeAndre Bembry buried a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, but no one scored in the remaining 30 seconds as the Hawks were taken down by three. Bembry led the team with 18 points, while Aaron Brown came off the bench to net 15 points with six rebounds. Isaiah Miles chipped in 11 points with eight boards, and James Demery added 10 points. It wasnt enough to overcome a Duquesne squad that shot an even 50 percent from the floor. Bembry, fresh off a strong freshman campaign in 2013-14, has taken over as the teams go-to player when its in need of scoring. Wil Myers Jersey. . The sophomore is averaging a team-leading 16.1 ppg this season, which ranks in the top 10 in the Atlantic 10, and adds a team-best 6.5 rpg mark to his resume. Miles, who is netting 10.6 ppg this season, ranks second on the squad in the scoring department, and is the only other Hawk to average a double-digit scoring total. Saint Josephs as a unit is scoring a dismal 61.5 ppg - just a 10th of a point better than Saint Louis, which ranks last in the A-10 in the category - and is allowing 64.2 ppg to opponents. Davidson had been a red-hot shooting team as it entered the game against VCU on Wednesday, but the Rams made sure to put a stop to that. The Wildcats were only able to hit on 37.3 percent from the field, while VCU connected on 42.4 percent to bury the visiting Wildcats. Treveon Graham tallied a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Rams in both categories. Melvin Johnson and Terry Larrier each netted 11 points in the winning effort for VCU. Its been a strong start to the year for Graham, who leads VCU in scoring at 16.3 ppg this season, also adding in a team-best 6.9 rpg mark as well. Johnson contributed a steady 13.8 ppg, and is the only other player to average a double-digit mark in scoring. But that hasnt stopped the Rams from gathering 75.9 ppg as a unit so far, which ranks second in the Atlantic 10 Conference behind only Davidson. VCU is allowing opponents to score 66.2 ppg this season. 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