Windy City Sports
To say Kris Versteeg had an odd offseason
would be an understatement.
After splitting last year between the Caroli-
na Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings,
the Lethbridge product appeared to be on
the verge of playing in Switzerland this
year. Instead he ended up in Edmonton
on a Player Tryout before signing with the
provincial rival Calgary Flames just before
the season began.
“It’s denitely been strange from day one,
but things ended up working out in the
end,” said Versteeg.
Versteeg’s time in Edmonton was short, but
one he enjoyed.
“Unfortunately I happened to get hurt while
there,” he said. “But it went well in Edmon-
ton. It was great to see that facility and play
with those guys.”
Instead Versteeg signed a one year deal
with the Flames, giving him the opportu-
nity to play close to his home in southern
“I don’t know how long I’ll play for so it was
always something I wanted to do,” he said.
“Thankfully this gives me the opportunity to
In his brief time with the Flames, Ver-
steeg has seen time playing alongside
youngsters Sean Monahan and Johnny
Gaudreau. He says he enjoys his role in
the room as a veteran and tries to help
“I just kind of be me in the room,” he said.
“They’ve been playing at high level for so
long they understand from an early age
what needs to be done.”
As well, the Flames have a new head
coach in Glen Gulutzan, former head
coach of the Dallas Stars and assistant
“He’s been in the league for a while now
and he loves to teach,” said Versteeg. “I’ve
really enjoyed his coaching so far.”
Being at ease with the players and coach-
ing staff is something Versteeg values and
something he says can only help his game.
“I’ve been comfortable in the room from
day one which is great,” he
said. “I think my play will be
better for it.”
And of course, being close to
home helps in the comfort level
as well. Being only a couple
hours away from home is some-
thing that Versteeg, his family
and friends are all happy about.
“Everyone’s pretty excited,
mostly that we get to see each other more.”
he said. “It’s something you miss.”
Versteeg happy to be close to home
-Photo courtesy Calgary Flames
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns take on the University of Calgary Dinos,
Oct. 8 at University of Lethbridge Communtity Stadium. The Horns knocked if the
fourth ranked Dinos 3-1.