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Sticking to resolve

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

New Year's resolutions are a rare find among professional hockey players.

As millions of people make promises to themselves today that will supposedly guide their lifestyles in 2009 -- but typically last about a week or two before total collapse -- most of the Calgary Flames are going about business as usual.

"Don't need to lose any weight. Don't need to quit smoking. Those are the main ones aren't they?" defenceman Robyn Regehr said wryly.

Anders Eriksson was equally stumped, asking for suggestions when the question was posed to him.

Eric Godard, too, had nothing in the way of resolutions.

"I've got none," said the quiet winger. "I'm perfect just the way I am."

There are a some hockey-related requests. For Mark Smith, there was no hesitation.

"Score a goal," he said with a trace of frustration in his tone. "That's my resolution."

His stall neighbour, Eric Nystrom, agrees.

"Same thing," said Nystrom, whose lone goal as a Flame is one more than Smith has to his credit.

But there were a few more traditional resolutions, too. Ones with which we regular folk can relate.

"Stop biting my fingernails. It's been the same since I was 15," said defenceman Cory Sarich. "Maybe this will be the year. I've almost kicked the habit."

Craig Conroy is an annual resolution-maker and this year's is a bit perplexing given his tendency for friendly chatting.

"I'm gonna start listening to my voicemail. I read my text. My voicemail's been full for about two weeks," said Conroy.

"I feel bad. I just have to get better at getting back to people.

"That's going to be my new year's (resolution). I'm going to clean out my voicemail and actually start listening to them the rest of the year."


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