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Flames say 'Thank You Jez'

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Flames say 'Thank You Jez'

Published at 5:20pm 25th May 2020.

After 11 seasons, including 32 games in his most recent term that was interrupted by injury, the Flames bid farewell to former Captain Jez Lundin who will not return for another round at Spectrum. The American born Defenceman rests his Flames career 4th in all time games played with 648 while ranking 13th in points with 356 from 92 goals and 264 assists.  

“After all this time, I would just like to have a chance to thank some people,” Lundin said. “All of the staff and players from over the past 11 years, the fans and all the support, my wife Chelsey for moving away from her family and putting up with all of those weekends away, and of course my mother Lori for all she has dedicated for me to live out my dream.”

Lundin joined the side in 2009-2010 and the British trained skater put a hand on 9 trophies starting with the 09-10 Premier Cup Championship and the last being the 18-19 Elite League Patton Conference win.  Between 2010 and 2016, the 6’0”, 200lb former U18 and 20 GB international helped lead the club to 3 more cup titles, a couple of league titles and a pair of playoff jewels, all in the English Premier League.  An annual alternate captain with the club since the 2010-2011 campaign, including this past season, Lundin also carried the Captain ‘C’ from 2015 to 2017

Including his early senior career start with Newcastle Vipers, the 32-year-old has over 300 Elite League games to his credit as part of more than 800 senior starts including time with Newcastle Vipers, Sunderland Chiefs, and Whitley Warriors.

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“Not many people in any sport get the chance to say they played for 11 professional seasons let alone 11 straight seasons with the same club on top of prior experience in other places,” said Paul Dixon.

“Jez has been a remarkable representative of this club in different leagues.  No matter what role he was assigned at different times over that stretch, he embraced every ask with the same attitude, and that translated always to the same bottom line objective that was to do anything he could to help this team win.  He helped us do that a lot over many seasons.”

“We all know that players, even the ones currently with us, will not be here forever, but the odd player sometimes gives you that illusion when they are back time and time again, as Jez was for years.”

“We move forward without Jez with a certain heaviness that comes from saying farewell to a guy who has been a part of the club’s furniture for so long.  We don’t know what Jez has planned for hockey, but no matter what direction he goes, on the ice or off, we truly thank him for his significant contribution to the Flames story, and we wish him well as he seeks success in the next chapter of his life.”