According to ESPN on Monday, there are five players who were born or raised in the Calgary region who will be participating in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The quest for hockey's ultimate prize will begin Wednesday as the regular season of the National Hockey League's 2013-14 season came to an end Sunday evening.
The five players with Calgary roots are Chad Johnson of the Boston Bruins, Dany Heatley of the Minnesota Wild, Jay Rosehill and Braydon Coburn of the Philadelphia Flyers and Ty Rattie of the St. Louis Blues. The Boston Bruins will play the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers will play the New York Rangers in first round Eastern Conference playoff action, while the Minnesota Wild will play the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round Western Conference playoff action.
Of the five however, the only player that is guaranteed to play regularly for his respective team is Coburn. At 6'5", 220 pounds, Coburn, who is a native Calgarian, played all 82 games for the Flyers this season and had five goals and 12 assists for 17 points. At 29 years of age he is playing his ninth season in the National Hockey League, and eighth with the Flyers on defense.
Rosehill, who is from Olds, Alberta (an hour north of Calgary), had two goals for the Flyers playing left wing. However Rosehill only played five times for Philadelphia since March 8 and is unlikely to see much action for the Flyers in the postseason.
Heatley meanwhile, who grew up in Calgary, saw significant time in the press box for the Wild down the stretch. He was scratched in six games over the last couple of weeks and may not suit up for Minnesota against Colorado when their series starts Thursday. In 76 games, Heatley, a left winger, had 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points, but was a team worst -18.
Johnson will be Boston's backup to Tuukka Rask in between the Bruins pipes. Johnson had a great season, going 17-4-3 with a 2.10 goals against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts, but will only see action if Rask is hurt.
Finally Rattie, who is from Airdrie, Alberta, a half hour north of Calgary, played twice for the Blues on the weekend, and had four shots in two games. However it is unlikely that Rattie will see much ice time as the Blues have a lot of offensive depth.