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Flames' blue-collar work ethic endearing

Flames coach Bob Hartley is preaching hard work to his young team. (QMI Agency)

Flames coach Bob Hartley is preaching hard work to his young team. (QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

CALGARY - Guaranteed, the only phrase you heard more at the office Monday than “How was your weekend,” was “I think the Flames are going to be better than we thought.”

It’s a part of a phenomenon few anticipated occurring before Christmas, let alone three games in.

It’s called The Big Buy-In.

Early signs indicate the players have clearly bought in to Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley’s blue-collar blueprint, helping a team full of second- and third-liners win four of six points thus far.

In turn, the fans have instantly fallen in love with a team not just because it has been wildly entertaining so far, but because the players appear to care. They play hard at both ends of the ice as part of a tenacious gameplan the city hasn’t seen since the Sea of Red was born almost a decade earlier.


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