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New role with Flames has Goulet pumped

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

The outdoor game at McMahon Stadium in February isn’t the only thing that attracted him to Calgary, but it was certainly high on Michel Goulet’s list.

“I can’t wait to see the outdoor game,” Goulet said excitedly, and unprompted, over the phone from Denver.

“That is going to be awesome. As a player, that’s one thing I would have loved to do, that’s for sure.”

He’ll be part of it as the newest member of the Flames staff, joining the club as its western pro scout on a day the club also added Finn Ari Haanpaa and Ottawa’s Fred Parker to its amateur scouting ranks.

The Hockey Hall of Famer can’t hide his enthusiasm for joining an NHL franchise again after his 15 years with the Colorado Avalanche ended in 2009.

“Everything turned out perfect. I’m looking forward to joining a new team, a new organization,” said the 50-year-old, who starred in the league for 15 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques.

“It should be fun.”

As vice-president of player personnel with the Avs, Goulet had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup twice

— in 1996 and 2001 — and was around when then-affiliate Hershey Bears won the AHL’s Calder Cup in 1997.

Jay Feaster, currently the Flames’ assistant GM, was president of those Bears back then.

“We watched a lot of hockey games beside each other,” Goulet said with a laugh.

“I know Jay’s a hard worker and had great success in hockey. I’m looking forward to starting to work with him again.

“We won a championship there. It was fun. It’s fun at any level when you have a chance to win, to do something really special. To watch kids grow. You get a chance to see that sometimes with your hockey team in the NHL.”

That’s what he’s hoping for with the Flames, and Goulet was pleased when talks between himself and GM Darryl Sutter got serious in July.

The organization’s previous western pro scout, Ron Sutter, has turned his focus to player development, which left a hole in the scouting ranks Goulet will gladly fill.

“We really started talking in July. I was getting more and more excited to get back with an NHL team, and there was no doubt Darryl was interested,” Goulet said.

“I was, too. The fact I worked with Jay for many years, maybe it’s a good fit for all of us.”

Goulet will report directly to Feaster, and the man who scored 548 goals and 1,152 points in 1,089 games over 15 NHL seasons knows a little something about the type of player who can carve out a successful, if not spectacular, career.

“With not much clutching and grabbing anymore, if you have good hands and speed, it’s tough to beat,” said Goulet, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 after post-concussion issues ended his career a few years earlier.

“That was tough back then with all the hooking and slashing. Imagine now.”

But he’s well aware of the Flames’ intention to be tough to play against.

“You need all kinds of different players to win games and make playoffs and win Cups and win championships,” he said.

“Sometimes, your fourth-line players can make a

huge difference in a championship. We’re looking for all that.”

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca


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