After months of games, practices and training, summer is usually a time for NHL players to kick back and relax before the puck drops again in the fall.
The Calgary Flames have been no different, with many of their players letting loose over the past few months.
From weddings and golf trips (lots of golf trips…) to rattling off shots on strangers’ hockey nets, the Flames have had an interesting off-season to say the least.
Here are some of the highlights.
Flames fans had to hold their breath on this video, featuring ‘Johnny Hockey’ teeing up a golf ball in a… *ahem* precarious position in New Jersey.
Luckily, long drive expert Trevor Consavage made no mistake, saving Gaudreau an embarrassing stint on injured reserve.
— Johnny Gaudreau (@johngaudreau03) July 28, 2017
Apparently a country music fan as well, Gaudreau and some friends took in a Dustin Lynch concert in early August as well.
Usually a quiet guy on social media, Dougie Hamilton created a bit of a viral clip in July.
A twist on the #DriveByDunkChallenge made popular by NBA players this summer, Hamilton showed off his NHL shot on random street hockey nets and challenged his teammates to do the same.
It’s been quite an eventful summer for newly acquired goaltender Eddie Lack, who married his wife Joanna in late June and was traded to the Flames two days later.
Never one to pass up a chance at a laugh, Lack will be using his newly released NHL 18 rating as motivation for the upcoming campaign.
— Eddie Lack🇸🇪 (@eddielack) August 25, 2017
After a standout rookie season with the Flames, Matthew Tkachuk traded in his hockey stick for a ping-pong paddle at Smashfest 2017.
Tkachuk formed a formidable pair with teammate Sam Bennett, but the real standout of course was Hockey Night in Canada legend Ron MacLean.
— Matthew Tkachuk (@TKACHUKycheese_) July 21, 2017
Known to get under the skin of his opponents in his first NHL season, one of Tkachuk’s most memorable moments came when he stole Brent Burns’ stick and took it with him to the bench.
Apparently the reigning Norris Trophy winner didn’t forget this, sending Tkachuk a little present.
— Matthew Tkachuk (@TKACHUKycheese_) August 10, 2017
It was a big day for the Lazar family in June, with Curtis celebrating his brother Ryan’s high school graduation.
But the real story here is the unimpressed dog in the baby carrier, let’s be honest.
Lazar and Gaudreau both got into the Stampede spirit in July, saddling up for the annual Stampede Parade.
And more recently, Lazar got his first piece of ink in Kelowna. We can confirm the tattoo is located on his arm, but no word yet on what was drawn.
Some national attention for Flames captain Mark Giordano this summer, and for good reason.
Giordano took home the Muhammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award at the 2017 ESPYS for his outstanding charitable work in the Calgary community.
Congrats Gio – you inspire us all. pic.twitter.com/HYFkawEbcS
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 12, 2017
Summer in prime ice cream season, this is a known fact.
A great moment captured for the Stajan family in June, as their dog Lola sneaks some ice cream between bites from two-year-old Elliot.
— Matt Stajan (@MattStajan18) June 13, 2017
It’s been a quiet summer on social media for Flames centre Sean Monahan.
The same can’t be said for his ‘Boring Sean Monahan’ Twitter counterpart however, as a recent pillow incident caused shockwaves across the hockey world.
I woke up this morning and my pillow was on the floor. I picked it up and put it back on the bed with the other pillows.
— Boring Sean Monahan (@boringmonahan) August 16, 2017
Still… nothing can top Eddie Lack wearing a taco shirt, eating a taco.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 17, 2017