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Hockey has been part of healing process for Flames' Jiri Hudler

Flames forward Jiri Hudler.

Flames forward Jiri Hudler.

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:22 PM ET

DETROIT — The throng was waiting in the Calgary Flames dressing room.

“Jiri,” Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman called out as he bolted to the showers. “I think the media’s all here waiting for you.”

The return of Jiri Hudler, who spent five full seasons and parts of two others with the Detroit Red Wings, made his return to the Motor City in anticipation of Tuesday night’s clash at the Joe Louis Arena.

Hudler, who joined the Flames as a free-agent in the summer by signing a four-year, US$16-million contract, was greeted by former teammates, coaches and the arena staff.

As much as everyone wanted to give their greetings, a constant topic was the death of his father on the eve of the season.

Hudler, who won a Stanley Cup title with the Red Wings in 2008, admitted being on the ice has been part of the healing process.


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