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Flames say they will be ready for next season

Jun 22, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

Calgary Flames president Ken King addressed the massive flooding that left the team’s Scotiabank Saddledome in a press conference on Saturday, including a prediction that the team will be prepared for the 2013-14 season.

“We are going to be ready for the start of the season,” King said.

We’ll see if the Saddledome itself is good to go, though.

King said that the flooding is currently resting at the eighth row.

” … It is a total loss on the event level,” King said. “It’s very difficult to describe millions, millions of gallons of water sitting (in the Saddledome).”

Update: the team has a gallery of photos, including this disturbing image:


Vice president of building operations Libby Raines seems optimistic about the Saddeldome’s long-term viability.

“We’re fairly confident that we’re structurally intact,” Raines said. “The water is receding now.”

It sounds like the Flames still have a lot to sort out, but at least they’re positive about getting through some challenging times.

The team is also getting behind the community, as you can see from this “#wearecalgary” campaign.


  1. bardown66 - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I hope so, it looks terrible up there. Reminds me of Katrina in the states. Minus all the looting and morons yelling at George bush.

  2. zetaone - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Dear society, can we please stop with the wannabe hip and trendy dbag hashtag for every disaster/tragedy?

  3. ray2013 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    If you’ve never been to the Saddledome in Calgary, it sits right in and beside where they hold the Calgary Stampede, which was scheduled to start in two weeks. From what I’m hearing, they’re not even planning to postpone the Stampede. Hopefully, saner heads will prevail and that Stampede will be postponed in the clean-up after this flood.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 23, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      I know it hasn’t been talked about yet publicly by Stampede officials but from talking to people I know who work for the Stampede it’s a definite possibility that it doesn’t happen as scheduled, or even at all this year. Logistically it’s going to be next to impossible, they would need all water out by Wednesday, do renovations and cleanup until next Tuesday (at the latest) and then setup for that Friday, just too tight of a timeframe. And even though the Elbow has started to recede the Bow is still incredibly swollen, and unfortunately the Stampede Grounds (and Saddledome) are just past where the two converge, which is probably why it got hit so hard.

      On a lighter note, Southern Alberta (Calgary) has had major floods in 95, 05, 13 which just happens to be after every NHL season that’s had a lockout, is it too soon to blame Gary Bettman for what’s happening in my city?

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    If it wasn’t for hockey, this would get no press. I haven’t heard a single US-based news report on this

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      FWIW, I have. Seems we look at different news sources.

  5. swadehoo - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    We are (insert city/team name) or (insert city/team name)-strong. Let’s come up with some new ones guys. No offense, just saying.

  6. subliminalnoize - Jun 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I know its a pipe dream and am by no means a flamers fan, but can’t help but think what if they were in the finals and something like this happened.

    • subliminalnoize - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Gave myself a thumbs down for the childish flamers statement, sorry it was funnier in my head then it actually read.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        There’s a lot of things in you head, that should just, stay to yourself! sub noise.Talk about being a flamer. CAL STRONG!

        ps your right , that would suck.

  7. warnercc - Jun 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I feel sorry for the people of Calgary, but for the Flames? Not so much. They are a low life franchise that deserves this and much more.

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