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Flames' Giordano adds to popularity with permanent move to Calgary

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CALGARY – Captain. Norris Trophy winner. Humanitarian. Calgarian.

Mark Giordano’s considerable investment in the city is complete, as Calgary is now officially home for him and his family.

“We sold our place in Toronto,” declares the NHL’s top blue liner of a decision to leave his parents and childhood friends for a full-fledged foray out west. “We’ll spend our summers here now. It’s a pretty cool city and a pretty great city to live in. I think I’ve developed so many friends and relationships in this city, and with your kids growing up and going to school here I can see it being tough to leave.”


Well, that’s an impossibly long time, especially in the hockey world where things can change on a dime.

Oh sure, there will be plenty of summer jaunts out east to visit family. But after years of summering in his native Toronto, Giordano and his wife, Lauren, decided to stay in their southwest Calgary home long after their kids’ school year ends.

“To me, he’s become synonymous with our city,” said GM Brad Treliving of his team’s heartbeat and engine. “And now, to be here full time, I think he looks at this as home. He’s really adopted this as their second home.

“For what he means to the franchise he’s meant as much for the city.”

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To put the move in perspective, only two other teammates call Calgary home year-round: Michael Stone and Dillon Dube.

Hockey players around the league typically scatter following exit........

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