All-82 Mentality: Dube determined to be an every-nighter for Flames this season

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Wes Gilbertson

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Oct 13, 2021  •  30 minutes ago  •  3 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Calgary Flames forward Dillon Dube gets airborne as he fights for the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during Friday’s preseason finale at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia Article content

Calgary Flames speed-demon Dillon Dube insists he has never been one to set statistical targets for a new season, saying “I feel like I play better that way” and reminding that team success is always the main focus.

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There is, however, one number that will be top-of-mind for Dube in 2021-22.

“I’ve never played an 82-game year,” he said matter-of-factly after Wednesday’s practice. “And that’s my plan, for sure.”

That will, of course, require some good fortune on the injury front.

It’s also up to the 23-year-old forward — now entering his fourth full season in the professional ranks — to convince head coach Darryl Sutter that his name should be an automatic on the lineup sheet.

Dube was a healthy scratch on a couple of occasions after Sutter was re-hired at the Saddledome, although he still logged a career-high 51 appearances during the abbreviated campaign. With 11 goals and 22 points, he set new personal standards in the major offensive…

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