Greentree ready

Move to Calgary has power forward excited

Thursday, 11.09.2008 / 2:59 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
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Greentree ready

Soon after being acquired by the Calgary Flames in June, Kyle Greentree made the move to Calgary.

"I wanted to come in and get ready and be comfortable when training camp started," said Greentree.

Training camp officially arrives Friday as Greentree and 24 other Flames prospects report.

The first day includes fitness testing and meetings with coaches with the first on-ice session slated for Saturday. Following the on-ice session the prospects will board a bus for Camrose to play two games in a rookie tournament against counterparts from the Edmonton Oilers (Sept. 14, 7 p.m. at the Encana Arena) and Vancouver Canucks (Sept. 15. 7 p.m. at the Encana Arena) before returning for more practices at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday.

Greentree, 24, was acquired from Philadelphia on June 30 for defenceman Tim Ramholt. He signed with Philadelphia as a free agent after spending three seasons with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

"It kind of came as a shock when I got the call but right when I heard I was going to Calgary it put a smile on my face. Growing up in Western Canada, I couldn't ask for anything better than that. I didn't think I was going to get traded but that is the way it works. That's the business. I am ecstatic to be here," said Greentree, a native of Victoria, B.C.

In 72 games last season, his first as a pro, with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers AHL affiliate, he tallied 48 points, evenly split between goals and assists. He also played in two games with the Flyers.

While he was a little surprised at the trade, Greentree had been on the Flames radar during college.

"It's nice that they followed me through college and that they were one of the teams I had looked at signing with out of college. Not that I didn't want to sign with them. It came down to opportunity and Philly was a good fit. I had a good first year there I thought. I played alright. Now coming here it's kind of a new start to show that I can play here. Basically that's all I can ask for, just to get an opportunity," said Greentree.

To further that opportunity Greentree came to Calgary in early July to begin workouts with Flames strength and conditioning coach Rich Hesketh and get acclimatized to Calgary.

"I already feel good. I feel stronger. It benefited me," said Greentree.

At 6'3", 215 pounds, Greentree is no shrinking violet. He is a big body who likes to go to the net.

"I'm a big power forward. I like to score goals. I like to go to the areas to score goals in front of the net. I like to use my size to my advantage. what it breaks down to is I will do whatever it takes to make this team, whether it is playing a fourth line role. Doing anything to win games. Just do whatever the coaches want. And if I can contribute a few goals, that's the plan," said Greentree.

It's a plan that can now be put to the test as the reporting of prospects signals the start of a new hockey season. A season in which Greentree hopes to be wearing the Flaming C.

"That's the goal. I want to make this team out of training camp. It's exciting," said Greentree.

ROOKIE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 14, 2008
7:00 pm – Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames

Monday, September 15, 2008
7:00 pm – Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
7:00 pm – Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks



FLAMES PROSPECT CAMP ROSTER
GOALTENDERS
                  2007-08 Regular Season          
No. Pos Player C Hgt   Wgt Birthdate   Team GP MP GAA SO Sv%
35 G Irving, Leland L 6.00   180 Apr. 11, 1988   Everett (WHL) 56 3,258 2.45 4 .919
36 G Keetley, Matt R 6.01   195 Apr. 27, 1986   Calgary (NHL) 1 9 0.00 0 1.000
                  Quad City (AHL) 26 1,393 2.33 1 .912
38 G Lalande, Kevin L 6.00   185 Feb. 19, 1987   Quad City (AHL) 7 360 3.34 0 .888
                  Las Vegas (ECHL) 27 1,607 2.05 3 .932
DEFENCEMEN
                  2007-08 Regular Season          
No. Pos Player Sh Hgt   Wgt Birthdate   Team GP G A PTS PIM
54 LD Aulie, Keith L 6.06   217 June 11, 1989   Brandon (WHL) 72 5 12 17 81
67 LD Baldwin, Gord L 6.05   207 Mar. 1, 1987   Quad City (AHL) 37 0 5 5 26
                  Las Vegas (ECHL) 12 0 1 1 9
66 LD Brodie, T.J. L 6.01   175 June 7, 1990   Saginaw (OHL) 68 4 26 30 73
49 LD Cole, Brad L 6.04   200 Oct. 21, 1986   Quad City (AHL) 24 1 4 5 13
                  Las Vegas (ECHL) 19 0 4 4 11
70 LD Jonsson, Per L 6.01   185 Apr. 20, 1988   Farjestads (Elite) 16 0 1 1 0
                  Skare (Div. I) 37 3 14 17 100
61 LD Negrin, John L 6.03   200 Mar. 25, 1989   Kootenay (WHL) 71 1 41 42 68
56 RD Pelech, Matt R 6.05   224 Sept. 4, 1987   Quad City (AHL) 77 3 6 9 141
78 LD Wilson, Ryan L 6.01   211 Feb. 3, 1987   Sarnia (OHL) 58 7 64 71 84
FORWARDS
                  2007-08 Regular Season          
No. Pos Player Sh Hgt   Wgt Birthdate   Team GP G A PTS PIM
75 C Armstrong, John R 6.02   194 Feb. 26, 1988   Peterborough (OHL) 65 21 36 57 77
60 C Backlund, Mikael L 6.00   199 Mar. 17, 1989   Vasteras (Allsvensken) 37 9 4 13 24
                  Vasteras (Junior) 9 7 6 13 20
57 LW Bouma, Lance L 6.01   214 Mar. 25, 1990   Vancouver (WHL) 71 12 23 35 93
74 C Carpentier, Hugo L 6.02   199 Mar. 17, 1988   Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 69 27 38 65 114
65 RW Cracknell, Adam R 6.03   212 July 15, 2985   Quad City (AHL) 4 1 0 1 0
                  Las Vegas (ECHL) 61 29 30 59 47
73 LW Grantham, Ryley L 6.04   199 Jan. 7, 1988   Moose Jaw (WHL) 66 10 9 19 163
47 LW Greentree, Kyle L 6.03   216 Nov. 15, 1983   Philadelphia 2 0 0 0 0
                  Philadelphia (AHL) 72 24 24 48 83
48 RW Nemisz, Greg R 6.03   198 June 5, 1990   Windsor (OHL) 68 34 33 67 52
43 C Ryder, Dan R 6.00   185 Jan. 12, 1987   Quad City (AHL) 6 1 4 5 2
68 RW Seitsonen, Aki R 6.04   203 Feb. 5, 1986