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Flames duo hit milestones in Florida

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:49 PM ET

OTTAWA — Hitting the major 1,000-game milestone just a night apart in the state of Florida on the weekend, Flames teammates Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow look forward to celebrating together back at the Saddledome upon their return from the road.

The Edmonton products will both receive their silver sticks — and no doubt a few other fancy gifts — courtesy of the Flames Thursday night before the team hosts the Dallas Stars.

Iginla’s odometer turned to four figures in a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Langkow hit a grand the next evening in the overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It may be the closest two teammates have ever achieved the lofty mark.

“I think it’s really cool,” said Iginla. “I haven’t seen it in my career, where players are that close.”

Close is one way to describe the veteran Flames. They’ve been climbing the hockey ranks together since their pre-teen days in the Edmonton area.

They were taken six spots apart in the 1995 draft — Langkow scooped up fifth overall by the Lightning and Iginla 11th by the Dallas Stars.

It’s been a long road. One that brought them together as teammates in the NHL in the summer of 2004 following the lockout.

“Langks and I got in the same draft year, played peewee against each other, played junior against each other, played on the same world junior team, world junior line — it is special,” Iginla said of the opportunity to share in the festivities. “It’s kind of like a longtime teammate. Not just here in Calgary. We’re from the same area.

“The team asked us if we wanted to do it separately. We both want to do it together. I think it’s pretty cool. We’ll look back at the pictures one day, us sharing it together.”

Shean opts for skins

Shean Donovan has always been fast, but he’s not about to audition for a spot in the Olympics as a speedskater.

He did look the part in Sunday’s skills competition with the Ottawa Senators.

Plastered in the local papers was a portrait of the former Flame donning a skintight suit and giving it a try in the fastest-skater competition the day after a 5-0 loss to the Leafs.

“They’re called skins. It’s supposed to be something you wear under your equipment or you wear on a plane. I guess it puts pressure on your blood vessels to get rid of the lactic acid,” Donovan said.

“We had them in here already, so the boys, they kind of challenged me — dared me — to do it. I said if we beat the Leafs, I’ll do it for sure. Obviously we didn’t. The next day the boys were like, ‘You’ve got to do it anyway.’

“I was hoping there were no cameras or anything. It’s pretty embarrassing.”

So is the fact it appears the dough he was promised by teammates for doing it will never be collected.

“I made a little bit of money, but nobody’s paid up, so I don’t know,” he said with a laugh. “It’s pretty brutal.”


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