Hughes to make pro start with Flames
Canadian forward Ryan Hughes will make his pro debut with the Flames. The 5’8”, 170 skater spent the past 3 seasons at USports University of Alberta Golden Bears where he had 14 goals and 47 points in 48 starts during a pair of active seasons following a wiped out Covid schedule in 20-21. The side collected the Canada West title during the 21-22 season and advanced to the national championship tournament over the last 2 terms.
Ahead of his collegiate stay, Hughes spent 5 seasons of Major Junior hockey in the WHL with Kamloops Blazers, Saskatoon Blades and Portland Winterhawks. The 23 year old’s best season was his last when he had 24 goals and 69 points in 56 games with Blazers and a couple of Blades appearances. In 304 career league games, predominantly at Portland, the native of Edmonton, Alberta, scored 102 goals and 147 assists.
“Ryan is not going to be one of our bigger players by any stretch, but he is a good skater and can make plays,” explained Paul Dixon.
“He has had a lot of success in junior and in university and he is looking to be able to repeat that here with us.”
“He is coming from a demanding programme that expects to be chasing championships and that is exactly the kind of culture we are looking for here and we think this is a place where Ryan can make a significant contribution to our plans.”