Old Flames make final game plans

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:55 PM ET

 Jim Peplinski's going, Perry Berezan is working and Joel Otto's in a holding pattern.

 As the Calgary Flames look to lock up their first Stanley Cup win since 1989 tonight, most members of the Flames alumni are going to be gripping their Saddledome seat armrests during Game 6.

  Peplinski, a co-captain on the '89 championship team, will be rockin' at the 'Dome, screaming his lungs out.

 "I'm going to the game with my wife and kids, you bet," said Peplinski, one of several former Flames living in Calgary.

 No doubt 'Pepper' will have his cellphone on, just in case the Flames win and some of the alumni decide to get together and have a few beverages.

 "We're always together. With these sorts of things, you've got to be ready but you don't want to plan," he said.

 "You've got to be ready but there's no plan. The plan is to get ready for Game 7 after Game 6, so I'm not contemplating anything.

 "But having said that, many times the things that are most enjoyable are the ones that are completely spontaneous."

 As for Otto, he's not sure if he'll be at the 'Dome or hanging out with his kids.

 "I'm hoping to get to the game but I'm not sure with kids' activities and a baseball tournament in Medicine Hat," said Otto, who scored the famous first-round overtime winner in Game 7 against Vancouver in 1989, a goal some believe was kicked in.

 "I'd like to be there if I can."

 Otto was at Colin Patterson's house for a small bash Thursday night for Game 5, as were several other alumni including Lanny McDonald, Dana Murzyn, Berezan, Richard Kromm and Bearcat Murray. Tonight, though, Patterson will be in the stands with his wife and kids.

 "We've got our seats and the kids go into the Fun Zone, they love it, so we're taking the whole family," said Patterson, a season-ticket holder, who bought in with Otto and a few other people.

 "After the game, I've made a commitment to A-Channel to do a spot for them down on the Red Mile, so that'll be great because we can take the kids down and let everybody see the Red Mile -- we haven't seen it yet.

 "Then after that, who knows?

 "You hate to plan too much because everybody's got their superstitions and you don't want to jinx them."

 Berezan, one of the key members of the current alumni, knows exactly what he'll be doing when the puck drops.

 "I've been doing the analyst work (on the FAN 960) for just about every home game, so I'll be down at the Hot Stove Lounge," said Berezan, who was dealt to the Minnesota North Stars the year the Flames won the Cup.

 "I'll actually be in the stands watching like a regular fan.

 "It's just pre-game and post-game (on the radio)."

 Berezan, never afraid to throw out a prediction or two, is looking for the Flames to wrap it up and send the Lightning to the golf course for the rest of the summer.

 "I'd like to think, like everyone else, that they'll finish it off at home but every time during these playoffs you think you've got things figured out, you know."


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