Name: Hnat Domenichelli
Birthdate: February 17, 1976
Acquired: Traded to Calgary from Hartford with Glen Featherstone and two picks (1997 draft: Kokorev, 1998 draft: Paul Manning) for Steve Chaisson and a 1997 pick (Francis Lessard.)
For the first time in their history, the Calgary Flames held a rookie camp for the four days prior to the opening of the main camp. The media in Calgary found itself talking about the first round draft picks, Rico Fata and Daniel Tkaczuk, as well as CHL player of the year Sergei Varlamov. They also found great stories in the brothers of Flame captain Todd Simpson and tough guy Rocky Thompson. The brothers, Kent Simpson and Jeremy Thompson joined another relative. This relative was the son of the head coach Brian Sutter. Shaun Sutter, drafted in the fourth round, also made the headlines in the Calgary papers as training camp got under way.
When all was said and done on Monday at the conclusion of the rookie camp, eleven players were returned to their junior clubs, while another eleven players were released after thier tryouts. Sadly, three media stories did not make the main camp. Shaun Sutter returns to Lethbridge of the WHL, while the brothers Simpson and Thompson will have to find employment elsewhere during the upcoming season.
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In early January ’98 the Saint John Flames looked in trouble. With goaltending problems in Calgary that sent Tyler Moss to the NHL and a knee injury that sidelined J-S Giguere, the flames looked in trouble. Then team scouts pulled an incredible little Russian rabbit out of their hat. That goalie was playing in the UHLs Port Huron Border Cats and was Igor Karpenko, Karpenko got his first shot, coming in after Cory Cadden was pulled with the flames in a 5-4 loss in Copps Coloseum, then the team came home and hosted the Albany River Rats (and some members of this mailing list were in attendance). Albany looked calm and had visions of stealing an easy 2 points from the home team. Then the little russian pulled his magic off, and shut out the powerful Rats and sent many fans home talking about the teams 2nd shutout of the season and some goalie from no-where. Game 2 saw the flames host the Fredericton Canadiens and Karpenko looked incredible once again, the shutout streak remained intact until there was only 8.7 seconds remaining in the 3rd period. Karpenko set an incredible shutout record for the flames at 119minutes and 51.3 seconds. He wasn’t about to leave that quickly, the next night the flames hosted the Portland Pirates and “Little Iggy” did it again shutting the Pirates out 3-0.