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Bancks hopes to cash in

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

Carter Bancks is not yet officially a pro for the Calgary Flames organization, but he already has a championship ring.

Bancks, who is among the crop of Flames prospects in rookie camp and will suit up at the pre-season tournament this week in Penticton, B.C., was a big key for the winning team at the club's charity golf tournament.

Bancks teammed up Thursday with Jeff Risler, Brad Risler, Greg Risler, Jeff Potter and Paul Koski to card the best low-gross score during the Flames Charity Golf Classic, which raised $440,000 for the club's foundation.

"I think we were 17-under, and it could have been lower -- it was fun," said Bancks, who is a 4-handicap. "Everyone in our group played well. We had some very good players -- made a lot of putts. It was one of those days everything went in."

Now, Bancks is hoping to parlay that success on the ice.

The 21-year-old left winger, who was born in Calgary but grew up in Kimberley, B.C., didn't have an enjoyable final WHL season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, missing out on the playoffs. But he signed an AHL contract with the Abbotsford Heat and played the final nine regular-season tilts and 13 playoff games.

"I went in there not sure what to expect and got the chance to play," Bancks said. "It gave me a good understanding of where I'm at and that I can play at that level -- because you doubt yourself going in -- and showed me where I need to get to.

"I've dedicated my summer to getting faster, stronger and putting on weight, and I had a lot of success in my training."


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