Mark Giordano believes in his Calgary Flames more than ever. Time passes, however, and the captain’s famous window of opportunity begins to close.
The Ontarian has been a member of the Flames for 15 years now. Besides an adventure in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) with Dynamo Moscow in 2007-2008, the 37-year-old has been loyal to his team since his debut.
The Alberta club haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the late 1980s and Giordano may be on his last chance to lift the precious trophy.
“I’m getting older and with each passing year you tell yourself that you only have one opportunity left,” said the veteran at a press conference on Thursday. Collectively, we know we need to have a great season. Go in series and go far; this is the goal of our core players who have been together for a long time. We made some good additions this season. ”
Among the new faces is goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who will make his debut against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. Giordano knows that the new porter will not be nervous and that he will fulfill his task wonderfully.
In 2020, the Jets played their last game of the year against the Flames, being eliminated in four games in the qualifying round. After this “emotional” and “physical” series, Giordano believes that it will be easy to dive back quickly, even without amateurs in the stands.
“In the Canadian division, it’s going to be almost a playoff atmosphere every night,” he said. We know we have a good team, we have to be confident. A good start to the season is essential, and the teams that know how to do it will be in a good position. ”
“It will be intense. I watched the games yesterday [mercredi], and the speed was there, the intensity was there ”, assured the one who will wear the“ C ”for an eighth campaign in the National Hockey League.
After this game against Winnipeg, the Flames will open their season at home with a two-game match against the Vancouver Canucks, Saturday and Monday.