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Flames prospect Hanowski learns value of conditioning at NHL level

Jul 13, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

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Ben Hanowski‘s career in the National Hockey League has been eventful, despite being limited.

He was part of the blockbuster Jarome Iginla trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins toward the end of March, coming to Calgary after the Flames shipped their star captain to what looked at the time like the Eastern Conference powerhouse.

So, he’ll forever be recognized in Calgary for that. His time in the NHL consists of five games. He scored in his debut, and was held without a point after that.

But the pace of the game at its top level proved to be the biggest challenge for Hanowski, who played three years of college hockey at St. Cloud State.

It was at Flames prospects camp where Hanowski discussed the difference in conditioning from the college level compared to the NHL.

“The first practice I was in, I was sucking wind, and those guys were acting like it was nothing,” Hanowski told the Calgary Sun.

“Within the first couple of hours skating, I knew I had some work to do. It’s a pretty big difference from here to college.”

“You would think (I was in top condition possible), but it’s a different animal. Those guys have been putting in years getting in shape, so you really have to push it. For a guy like me — not the fastest guy — I have to make sure I do things the right way.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    If there’s one thing us message board commenters can relate to, it’s proper conditioning.

  2. canucks30 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Speak for yourself

    • gaborik104life - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Tough guy?

    • titansrbeast - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Lol why, are you just an absolute animal? I’m sure you are. Did you smash anything with your tough guy muscles when the Sharks swept your joke of a team?

  3. twinwildflyer - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    He played 4 years at SCSU. He went straight from high school and didn’t play juniors.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      I loved watching hime play for St Cloud State and go to the finals. would drive up there to see some games… I am sure he doing conditioning this summer when he found out what it was like compared to college//

      I wish him the best of luck with the Flames. and also to thank him for donating his long hair for cancer patients…. as I was one of those people through 7 long years of chemo..

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