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Mike Smith Debuts New CCM Premier II Flames Setup

Mike Smith is in Watson Lake, Yukon for a charity event and hockey camp, and decided to bring an extra surprise for the fans: His new Calgary Flames CCM Premier II setup.

Smith debuted the sleek, red-and-black gear at a charity game vs oldtimer hockey players from the area, as reported by CBC’s David Croft.

Eric Gryba of the Edmonton Oilers is also participating in the event, in which 82 kids from the surrounding area will take part in three days of clinics.

Smith is one of the first goaltenders to debut his full set of gear for next season, which will be his first with the Flames. Marc-Andre Fleury showed off his new Vegas Golden Knights mask earlier in the day, but has yet to reveal his entire setup.

Smith’s colour scheme is hardly a surprise, as his affinity for darker-coloured gear was on display in his previous seasons with the Arizona Coyotes.

It has been rumoured that all-red setups are frowned upon by the Flames after Brian Elliott struggled to begin the 2016-17 campaign in an all-red set of CCM E-Flex III’s. Elliott was able to turn around his season after switching to a more traditional set. It is likely just a coincidence, but the Flames brass aren’t taking any chances.

Smith’s options were restricted, but it looks like he was able to settle on an eye catching design that stays within the boundaries.

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Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.