Donovan proves you can go Dome

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

CALGARY -- Shean Donovan has already faced his former team.

It was back in Boston two seasons ago after the ex-Flames forward inked a free-agent deal with the Bruins.

His first appearance in the Saddledome since leaving town will be different.

"Coming back into the building, it's fun," said Donovan, who wore the Flaming C for parts of three seasons, including the spring of 2004 when they made their run to the Stanley Cup final.

"I was pretty excited. It was a special place to play. I had this drawn up on my calendar this year knowing we were coming back to Calgary. It has been a long time.

"It's different because you're coming here. The fans are great here -- some of the best fans, easily, in the league. Just hearing them when the Flames come out will make me think about when I played here, all the memories and stuff."

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A fan favourite here because of his humble effort and fun-loving personality, Donovan wasn't sure what the crowd reaction would be at the Saddledome last night as he took to the ice with his Senators.

He figured at least one fan in the stands would be cheering for him.

His sister calls Calgary home.

Getting a couple of tickets for her was no easy task, however.

"I was begging for more tickets. It was a battle," Donovan said, noting the number of Western Canadians on the team.

"Lots of guys haven't been here in years, so it was a battle to get tickets. Calgary was the hardest spot in the west so far."

The Flames were kind enough to make enough ducats available to the Senators players, but Donovan doesn't believe his ties to the team made any difference.

"I don't know. It probably worked more for Dany Heatley coming home," he said with a laugh. "I'll ride his back."


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