PENTICTON, B.C. — Don’t tell Peter Kosterman he was only playing in a prospects tournament game.
To the Calgary kid, skating for the Flames in Monday’s clash with the Vancouver Canucks was a big deal.
“Growing up watching the Flames, watching the 2004 run and being a loyal fan, it’s pretty cool wearing the ‘C’ that you grew up watching NHL players wear,” said the Calgary Hitmen defenceman. “Even watching the game (Sunday) and seeing the guys go out in jerseys was like, ‘Holy smokes.’
“To be able to play in the (Flames) game jerseys and everything, it’s really exciting.”
Kosterman, 18, was ranked 151st among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Service but didn’t get the call during this summer’s draft, after a season in which he collected one goal and seven points in 68 games.
The consolation prize for the 6-foot-4, 195-lb. blueliner was an tryout invite for the Flames prospects camp.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me and am soaking up as much as possible,” Kosterman said.
He’s not the lone Calgary-area product on hand. Defenceman Dallas Ehrhardt of the city is also in the camp on an amateur tryout. while Justin Dowling, a centre from Cochrane, signed an AHL contract with the Abbotsford Heat and saw his first game action Monday.