Eric Francis, Calgary Sun

Eric Francis has been a Calgary Sun sports columnist since 1994, covering everything from the Flames and Stampeders to the British Open, Super Bowl and Olympics. A graduate of Carleton University's journalism program, Francis is also a best-selling author, local morning show host and weekly panellist on Hockey Night in Canada's Hotstove. Francis is extremely active in the community, emceeing various charity events including his own, which raises money for KidSport. Francis and wife Sarah have two young children.

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Coach Mike Babcock runs the players through drills as they hit the rink for some ball hockey during Canada's national men's team orientation camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Canada's Olympic hockey hopefuls play ball hockey

No more than 30 minutes after players on the world’s most expensive ball hockey team dropped their team-issued sticks and gloves for a water break, Ken Holland sauntered over to a handful of his Team Canada colleagues.

Former Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers coach Wayne Fleming. (QMI Agency)

Former Flames, Oilers coach Wayne Fleming dies at 62

Strapped into the plush recliner given to him by the Tampa Bay Lightning players who so loved him, Wayne Fleming was constantly surrounded by the keepsakes in his sitting room that meant so much.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media in New York, N.Y., Sept. 13, 2012. (CARLO ALLEGRI/Reuters)

NHL lockout? Wake me when it's over

The latest in a string of sleep-inducing press releases from the National Hockey League announced Thursday the first two weeks of the regular season have been cancelled.

HC Sibir Novosibirsk goaltender and former Canadian world junior star Jeff Glass says there's a buzz around the KHL with NHL stars joining the league during the lockout. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency file photo)

NHL star influx during lockout fine with KHL

Just one day before Jeff Glass faces Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar in a Siberian showdown, the Calgary goaltender insists he’s seen nothing but excitement surrounding the influx of NHLers in the KHL.