Flames fishin' for answers

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:41 AM ET

CALGARY - Brendan Morrison’s Twitter page sums him up as: Hockey player by trade, fisherman by passion.

After spending a day trying to reel in a big one with the Calgary Flames centre, captain Jarome Iginla is certain Morrison isn’t a professional fisherman.

During the first day of the team’s bonding trip in Banff and area, Morrison was part of a crew which went out fly fishing.

Iginla, who isn’t much of a fisherman, decided he’d go with the most experienced guy on the team.

Miikka Kiprusoff, who is a die-hard fisherman but has no experience fly-fishing, followed suit.

They didn’t reel anything out of the water, but the stars were hooked, literally.

“They told us to wear sunglasses because beginners can get wild, so Kipper gets clipped in the ear and I said, ‘Oh geez, was it me?’ No, it was Mo,” Iginla recalled with a laugh.

“A couple of minutes later, I got one (hook) off the chest, and it was Mo.

“We’re not so sure he’s just a fan who watches those shows but not done a lot. We didn’t see any fish.”

Morrison, who pointed out to his teammates they weren’t likely to reel in any prizes, admitted his follies, starting with catching Kiprusoff, who was at the front of their boat.

“(My fly) had a heavy streamer on it and I didn’t (cast) it high enough and just about pierced his ear. Or concussed him,” Morrison said with a laugh.

“I think on the very next cast, I changed flies and hooked Iggy in the pocket.

“They were giving it to me very good.”

Kiprusoff’s ear was actually cut slightly.

“I almost knocked him out of the boat,” said Morrison, who joked about catching a Finnish whitefish,

“I’ve never heard him talk that loud. Thank God he’s alright. There was a small amount of blood, but he’s a tough guy. He’s a hockey player and he got through it.”

Naturally, Morrison was willing to dish out some shots at his teammates, especially after seeing Iginla row the boat.

“I rowed initially and then got Iggy to row. You could have put that on America’s Funniest Home Videos,” he said.

“You know how you row backwards, pull on the oars? He was pushing the oars. Kipper and I were looking at him, saying, ‘Is this guy serious or is he joking?’ He was actually serious.”

Iginla is actually not a big water person.

“Rightfully so, he did ask for a life jacket right away,” Morrison said. “I think he did feel comfortable because he was with a real fisherman, I looked the part. That’s what I do, make people feel comfortable. Until I hook them and that’s when all the questions arise.”

Other members of the team opted to golf at the Banff Springs course.

“Golfing, we had a blast. What a super-nice course,” said centre David Moss, who didn’t regret his choice of activity. The other guys, they had a fun time. They caught no fish.”

HENRY OFF TO ABBY

The Flames placed defenceman Jordan Henry on waivers Tuesday with the intent to send him to AHL Abbotsford, but the blueliner leaves having made a positive impression on head coach Brent Sutter.

“You’re going to need nine, 10, 11 guys throughout the winter,” Sutter said.

“Hank pushed himself to a level now where he’s someone we can count on when we need him, and that’s what we’re excited about.

“He will continue to push to be here full time.”


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