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Watters and Lindhagen return

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Published at 10:47am 15th May 2019.

Flames forward Ian Watters has agreed a new deal to remain at Flames for the next 2 terms.  The 27 year old topped the club’s goal scoring parade this past season with 40 while finishing 2nd in points with 73, including 16 in Cup competition to top the league for that event.  His overall contribution helped the club to the Patton Conference title, a Cup final appearance and a place in the Playoff final 4 weekend.  In 133 career Flames games, the Canadian skater has 70 goals and 67 assists. 

“It’s been a great start, and now I am looking forward to seeing what the next two years can bring,” Watters said of his return. 

The 5’11”, 200lb winger joined the side after 5 minor pro seasons in North America; the last 4 with Reading Royals in the East Coast Hockey League.  In 223 ECHL starts, including his opening year split with Orlando Solar Bears and Idaho Steelheads, Watters had 27 goals and 95 points to go with 228 penalty minutes.  He also added 7 points in 25 playoff outings. 

“Ian has certainly blossomed here as a much more offensive player than we would have anticipated when he first arrived,” admitted Paul Dixon.

“When you combine that with an exceptionally hard working style, and the drive to never give up on a play or a shift, you get what we have which is an exceptionally valuable player in the line-up.”

“We are thrilled that he has agreed a 2-year contract and we are looking forward to seeing him back here when the season gets underway.”

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The Flames new lineup will also include 31 year old Erik Lindhagen who is back for a 2nd year in Surrey after a pair of terms at Nottingham Panthers from 2016-2018.  The former Swedish National Jr. team member can play Defence or Forward and played the bulk of his Flames opening campaign on the blue line where he recorded 6 goals and 19 points across 72 starts.  The 5’10”, 180lb skater helped Spectrum’s outfit to the Patton Conference title, the Cup Final and a place in the Playoff Final 4. 

Lindhagen’s Panthers stay was his UK debut after arriving with significant experience on his home soil in the country’s top divisions.  In 2005-2006, he made his pro debut when he iced a pair of games with Swedish Hockey League’s Linköping.  He added 7 games in 2006-2007 before spending most of 2007-2008 in the 2nd league with Allsvenskan outfit Växjö Lakers.  He had 45 appearances at Lakers in the season that followed, registering 12 goals and 15 assists.  The 30 year old added 39 more games, as well as 32 more points, in the 2009-2010 campaign where he again shared time up at the top with 13 Linköping games that preceded a 4 season full time run from 2010-2011. In that season, he had 10 goals and 21 points and eventually totalled 232 SHL outings, finishing with 19 goals and 26 assists.  In the pair of seasons that preceded his UK debut, Lindhagen spent nearly 100 more Allsvenskan games with  Södertälje and  Timrå where he closed out his 2nd league account on 99 points from 29 goals and 70 assists across 224 games.    

In international play, Lindhagen pulled on country colours 3 times at the 2006-2007 World Jr Championships where he had 1 assist. 

“Erik was a very late addition last summer when we were looking for a guy who could play different positions if needed,” recalled Paul Dixon.

“He didn’t disappoint.  He is an excellent skater, he works every second he is out on the ice, and he truly can play any position to the point where he looks like he belongs no matter where you put him.”

“He is simply a good all-around player who can skate with anyone, and we are excited that he has opted to remain with us going forward into next season.”

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