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Nemisz scores deal with Flames

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

It would be tough to find the time to put a pen on the dotted line, but you know Greg Nemisz was able to find it.

In the last while, Nemisz has been part of a Windsor team that won the OHL title and the Memorial Cup, was chosen to attend the Team Canada summer camp for the world juniors, has been in Calgary training and is currently at the Flames' development camp.

Yesterday, the team's 2008 first-round draft choice signed a three-year, entry-level contract. It's a lot to pack into those days but not too much.

"I feel pretty good," Nemisz said. "It's definitely a shorter summer than usual. You just have to take your weekends, get rest and take care of your body to stay focused on what you need to do."

Nemisz was one of three players whose contracts were announced yesterday. Also inked were 2008 fourth-round draft choice T.J. Brodie and fellow defenceman Keith Seabrook, a second-round draft choice of Washington's acquired last week.

For Nemisz, the 6-foot-3, 195-lb. right winger, it's just the latest in a series of big events.

To date, the capper was winning the Memorial Cup. The Spitfires were expected to be a contender this coming season, but the team coached by former Flames defenceman Bob Boughner won a full year ahead of schedule.

"That was our goal coming out of training camp. It's one thing to say, but when we started on a hot start, we knew we had a good team and a chance to do something special," Nemisz said. "It carried right through to the end.

"You couldn't script a better season.

"We had a pretty young team, and a lot of our high-end guys are coming back. It's exciting to get it done and have another opportunity next year."

He also has another glorious opportunity.

Nemisz attended last year's summer camp for the world junior squad but didn't receive an invite to the final selection camp. This year, it's a goal to be part of Canada's push for gold.

"You get the invite when you're 18, and you go in there kinda wide-eyed at the whole experience," he said. "This year, I want to make the team, so you've got to make a good impression at this camp."

In anticipation, he's spent the last month in Calgary with a bunch of other Flames hopefuls, working under the tutelage of strength and conditioning coach Rich Hesketh.

"I've only been working out a month here with Rich, but I feel faster and more agile," Nemisz said. "What he's doing is really good, focused on hockey specific stuff and explosiveness."


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