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Pardy on! Flame enjoys NHL debut

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

When the puck dropped in Vancouver for the Calgary Flames season opener, it was 7:54 p.m. local time.

And 12:24 a.m. in Newfoundland.

Still, Adam Pardy is certain friends and family in Bonavista, Nfld., were awake to see his NHL debut.

"I haven't talked to anyone yet back home ... but I'm sure there were people watching. What else are they going to do?" he said after yesterday's practice at the Saddledome.

Pardy's first game in the bigs didn't go as planned, seeing as the Flames were thumped 6-0 by the Vancouver Canucks.

But those on The Rock who were somehow able to stay awake for the whole affair would have caught plenty of the 24-year-old chosen in the sixth-round of the 2004 draft.

The final line of his debut: 20 minutes and 53 seconds of ice time -- including 5:32 on the penalty kill -- with one missed shot, one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot.

He was also a minus-one.

"The game didn't go too well, and that's not how we want to start the season," Pardy said. "I think (tonight) we want to come back stronger."

Pardy admitted the pace of play was noticeably faster than in the pre-season, which caused some tough times for the 6-foot-4, 217-lb. d-man.

After a sleep, he was able to relish in the moment of playing that milestone game.

"It was exciting," he said. "At the start, I got a little nervous, but as the game went on, I felt more comfortable and a little more confident."

Good thing he didn't have too much time to get the butterflies. It was in the afternoon when Robyn Regehr received word he needed to return home to Calgary to be with his wife Kristina for the birth of their son, which took Pardy out of the pressbox and onto the ice at GM Place.

"They told me in the morning to be ready because they weren't sure, but I found out just before I got on the bus to go to the rink for the game. It was pretty exciting. You start getting the adrenaline going.

"Earlier in the day when they told me to be ready, I was trying to prepare myself and said, 'I want this now.' "


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