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M&G Flames March Madness: Intro/Day 1

The 3rd Annual Flames March Madness Tournament kicks off

The first round of votes will be further down the article, but here’s some background if you haven’t done this before. Twitter users please click here to see the polls.

For the last couple years I’ve ran a Calgary Flames version of the March Madness bracket. It got some pretty good reception so I thought I’d give it another shot this season.

This gives fans the opportunity to follow a bracket format to vote for their favorite Calgary Flames with 2-3 matchups per day until the end. Last year’s winner was Matthew Tkachuk with Johnny Gaudreau as the runner-up.

On most off days, I’ll be putting up a piece with a certain number of matchups, and like the NCAA tournament it will be heavy with three or four the first few days, then taper off to quarters, semis, and the final on their own days.

All you need to do is vote in each poll for your favorite Flame of the two players in each matchup. For those interested, I chose the cut-off for making this bracket as having 10 games played for skaters, then included all three goaltenders currently on the roster.

Here’s a look at the randomly generated bracket for the tournament:

Schedule:

March 11: Hamonic vs Jankowski, Andersson vs Bennett, Prout vs Neal

March 13: Mangiapane vs Hathaway, Fantenberg vs Kylington, Czarnik vs Ryan

March 17: Brodie vs Smith, Hanifin vs Hamonic/Janko Winner, Frolik vs Gaudreau

March 20: Giordano vs Andersson/Bennett Winner, Prout/Neal Winner vs Lindholm, Backlund vs Mangiapane/Hathaway Winner

March 22: Fantenberg/Kylington Winner vs Monahan, Rittich vs Czarnik/Ryan Winner, Brodie/Smith Winner vs Tkachuk

March 24: Quarterfinal A, Quarterfinal B

March 26: Quarterfinal C, Quarterfinal D

March 28: Final Four

March 30: Championship

Day 1 Voting

Matchup 1: Travis Hamonic vs Mark Jankowski

NHL: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Poll

Favorite Flame of the Two?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Travis Hamonic
    (20 votes)
  • 41%
    Mark Jankowski
    (14 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

Matchup 2: Rasmus Andersson vs Sam Bennett

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
NHL: Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Poll

Favorite Flame of the Two?

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    Rasmus Andersson
    (21 votes)
  • 38%
    Sam Bennett
    (13 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

Matchup 3: Dalton Prout vs James Neal

NHL: Calgary Flames at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Poll

Favorite Flame of the Two?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Dalton Prout
    (7 votes)
  • 78%
    James Neal
    (26 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now

This first round of voting will close on Wednesday morning at 7:00 AM, and the next round should be posted later in the day.