Flames announce signing with Winnipeg's Boyd

ADAM WAZNY

, Last Updated: 12:46 PM ET

What better way for Dustin Boyd to spend another big day in his young hockey career than in his hometown?

The Moose Jaw Warriors forward was on the ice at MTS Centre in Game 3 of the WHL opening round series against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Earlier in the day, the Calgary Flames announced they had signed the Winnipeg-product to a three-year entry-level deal, his first NHL contract.

"It's a good time," he said of the signing after his club dropped a 3-2 decision to the Wheaties last night. "Anytime you can something like that happen it's pretty special.

"It's good to put that behind me and focus on the series."

Turns out Boyd has been keeping the signing a secret for the past month.

"I have no concerns (now)," he said, smiling when he revealed his secret.

Boyd, who was Calgary's third choice, 98th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, had 48 goals and 42 assists in 64 games this season for the Warriors and was a part of Canada's gold medal-winning world junior team in January.

The 6-foot, 188-pound sniper had four goals and two assists in six games in the Vancouver-based tournament and will try to use that experience to lift his WHL team back in the best-of-seven series.

"I've had the experience of the world juniors, so I have to bring that into Game 4 and set the tone," he said, his club now down 2-1 in the series. "I have to bring my leadership every night. We just have to keep things simple and stick to our game plan.

"We were in the game the whole time," Boyd added, upbeat his club's play after yesterday's loss. "We came out a little flat there, and they jumped on us with two goals there. But it takes four games to win a series."

The Warriors and Wheat Kings play again at MTS Centre Thursday night. Game time is 7 p.m.


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