James Kelly Special for the Arizona Daily Star

Hudson Elwick, the Tucson Road Runners striker, made a strong comeback after suffering injuries last year.

And Wednesday, he’ll come home.

Tucson (5-1-0-0) takes its four-game winning streak to Calgary, where it will face newcomer AHL Wranglers (2-4-0-0) in a two-game set. The teams will play on Wednesday at 6 pm and on Friday at noon.

Elynuik, of Calgary, will have friends and family in two boxes in Scotiabank Saddledome, also the home of the Wranglers’ parent team, the NHL’s Flames.

We’re really looking forward to it,” said Elynuik. “This summer when I found out Calgary had a team, I looked at the table and was really excited for the day. I think they have really good fans and I hope they bring in a lot of energy, and we are really looking forward to those two next games against them.”

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The AHL’s Stockton Heat, knocked out by the Pacific Division’s championship, announced over the holiday season that they would be relocating to Calgary to be closer to the parent club. The team renamed the Wranglers, a reference to the city’s western heritage and the former hockey team of the same name.

It’s been a great start to the season for Elwik, who has already taken two points this season after finishing the 2021-22 season with just nine. Injuries were blamed: He broke his tibia to start the season, then injured again in his first game. He played only 22 games during his first season with the Road Runners, scoring three goals and making six assists.

“This is not an easy injury to come back from,” Road Runners coach Steve Botvin said.

Tucson’s coaching staff challenged the 6-foot-5-inch Elynuik to improve his conditioning during the season.






Hudson Elynuik has reason to smile after a hot start to the 2022-23 hockey season.


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As a result, Botvin said, “This season has come with a bit of superiority and some maturity.” “He’s a big guy who can really influence the game through physical play and sometimes when you’re that big and you play physically and with that much energy you don’t expect them to be able to take part in the next play, but he’s one of those guys who have soft hands and he can take part in the next play” .

25-year-old Elynuik said he is grateful to play hockey after being suspended for most of last season.

He said, “It was tough. It’s part of the game, though; injuries happen, you learn from them, you work on yourself as a person. There are a lot of things that go into it but you have to look on the positive side and just be thankful that you’re okay and I can keep going.” Play. I’ve worked really hard this summer, and I’m just trying to have a good season here.”

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