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Big Flame ready to boil

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Opposing goaltenders, beware. Coaches, you're not safe either.

Calgary Flames enforcer Brantt Myhres is willing to drop the gloves with pretty much anybody.

The 31-year-old wasn't always an on-ice policeman.

In fact, he once held an appreciation for the game's finesse and skill.

"Growing up, my eyes were glued to the Oilers," the Edmonton product says. "But once Gretz got traded, it was all off the table.

"Then I was a Tim Hunter fan and a Calgary Flames fan."

With the Flames' bruiser as his new idol, Myhres headed off to his first junior camp with the Portland Winter Hawks. And his career headed down a different path.

"My first ever fight was against a goalie," he says. "I was 15 and I squared off with the backup 'tender and we went at it."

He cracked the Hawks lineup the following year and was immediately thrown into the enforcer's role. He realized quickly if he was going to make it to the NHL, his fists would have to take him there.

Tampa Bay selected the hulking left winger in the fifth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Myhres, who has piled up 687 PIMs in 154 NHL games, was involved in a wild, bench-clearing brawl in Norfolk last season while plying his trade with the Flames' AHL farm club in Lowell.

Myhres has punched his way through the league over than past decade, suiting up with six NHL teams before being reunited with Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Myhres had also played for Sutter in San Jose from 1998 to 2000.

The NHL schedule, which features more divisional games than in the past, should make for some heated battles.


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