Brad Treliving was hired as general manager of the Calgary Flames this past week. He had been the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes for the past seven years where one of his duties was general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.
Michael Holditch is the senior vice president and assistant general manager in Calgary. He was one of the Calgary officials that visited Glens Falls earlier this year.
There is a deal on the table to bring Calgary’s AHL team to Glens Falls. Maybe the decision has been made, but if it hasn’t here are a few things I thought they should know about Glens Falls.
Dear Brad and Michael,
I know you have both been here before. You’ve seen the Civic Center, you’ve probably scratched your head while circling the roundabout, but what you can’t measure in a visit, what you can’t evaluate with a spreadsheet is fan loyalty and dedication.
How do you measure heart?
How do you measure soul?
This was a Red Wing town for 20 years. Forget about the Rangers, Islanders or Bruins, this was a Red Wing town. It didn’t matter who was playing down the road, we had Red Wing T-shirts and sweaters and banners.
We believe the Flames are a franchise like the Red Wings were when they first came to Glens Falls. They counted on draft picks and young talent to be groomed for the NHL. They wanted those kids to not only learn how to kill a power play, but to learn how to win and keep their composure with the fans rattling the roof off an old barn where hockey was the only game in town on a cold January night.
I was there in 1989 when the Red Wings won the Calder Cup and my ears are still ringing.
You need to talk to George Champion about this community. George took tickets at the door the entire life of the Red Wings and beyond. When he retired, he had an entryway named in his honor. What kind of place names an entryway after a ticket taker?
Glens Falls does, and if there wasn’t so much red tape, it would have been the street in front of the Civic Center.
You need to talk to George about community, about how the young players you have invested in will be treated.
You need to talk to Barry Melrose, Glenn Merkosky and Bill Dineen about this community. They all came here for hockey and they all stayed. There are plenty of others.
For the past five years, we’ve had a stinker of a hockey team. We didn’t complain (Well, maybe a little). Nobody started a petition to fire the coach or run the Flyers out of town. We just rooted a little harder and hoped they would turn it around.
If you sign on the dotted line, this community will embrace you and your team.
If you make the playoffs, you will own the city. You will get a parade.
We know Calgary is a long way off, but if you come we will even lengthen the runway at the Warren County airport. Actually, we were going to do that anyway.
Best of luck the rest of the way in the playoffs. We hope you beat Grand Rapids and we hope to see you in Glens Falls soon.
Ken Tingley, former sports editor and current editor of The Post-Star.
So here’s what you need to do. Go to poststar.com and copy this column and then send it to Calgary Flames (email@example.com) with “We want the Flames in Glens Falls” in the subject line of the email. Let them know how you feel about hockey. Let them know how much you want it.
Ken Tingley is the editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read his blog “The Front Page” daily at www.poststar.com or his updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kentingley.