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Flames jump H1N1 queue

Flames players reportedly had H1N1 flu shots last week before clinics were shut down due to a...

Flames players reportedly had H1N1 flu shots last week before clinics were shut down due to a shortage. (Sun Media/Lyle Aspinall)

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:51 PM ET

The Calgary Flames reportedly jumped the queue for H1N1 vaccinations, and that has some members of the Sea of Red seeing red.

The Flames received their shots Friday, one day before the province temporarily shut down clinics, saying they would eventually reopen but only be available to high-risk Albertans.

"I'm hearing from people," said Flames CEO Ken King.

"I'm hearing from fans this morning and I intend to speak with them and try to help them understand why we would make a decision and what criteria under which we made that decision and again explain to them that we ... appreciate that not everyone will agree."

The NHL has had several confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid, New York Islanders centre Doug Weight and Washington Capitals winger Quintin Laing have all battled the illness.

"We can understand the concern. We were following the medical protocol given to us and today we can see you open the papers and they're stopping and its a shortage," said Jarome Iginla.

"So yeah, we can understand why people may be upset. With the shortage, with the stoppage of clinics, today, if that was the case, I don't believe we would be getting that shot.

"We were, as players, following what we believed was the NHL protocol. It was available and at the time the clinics were still open."


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