Yuill and Ripplinger back for 3rd terms
Alex Yuill and Turner Ripplinger will be back with Flames when the new campaign gets underway in September. The fellow Canadians are each entering their 3rd season with the Spectrum based side.
Yuill, 28, iced in 67 games last season scoring 2 goals and 9 assists. Since his arrival from Ontario Tech University Ridgebacks, the 5’8”, 170lb Defenceman has made 135 starts while recording 5 goals and 28 points.
25 year old Ripplinger joined the Flames Forward units straight from University of Regina Cougars in the final months of the 21-22 term, bagging 14 points from 6 goals and 8 assists in 16 games. The 5’10” 170lb skater made 43 appearances this past season, bringing his Flames career tally to 13 goals and 14 assists over 59 outings.
“Everything we try to do as a team is about puck possession and Alex really fits into that mold of trying to get the puck to people in good spots,” said Paul Dixon.
“He is not a highly offensive player so it is easier to miss some of the good things he does just by playing a sensible, straight forward game. He is a well liked, team-oriented guy and we are pleased he has agreed to come back for another season.”
“Turner had a tough role last season because he did not get into the lineup every night. He handled it like a true pro, and when he did get in he played an effective game. Most recently, in the playoff quarter final when we were down by 3 goals after leg 1, he brought a real energy to the start and it would be impossible not to credit his intensity for helping spark a comeback to make the end of that series a lot more competitive than it was at the start.”
“We wanted a lot of continuity from the team that had a lot of success last season to the roster we would ice this season, and both Turner and Alex are positive contributors to that end.”