Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 51

me feel good.’’ In order to change his career, Ferland got sober. Then he got into the best shape of his life. “I always talk about where I was two years ago,” Ferland said on the day he signed his new deal. “I was in the East Coast (League) and thought I was going to give up on hockey. I changed my life around. “People all always told me to change my (life) off ice and ‘your career will unfold in front of you.’ I’m just very happy, the road I’m on right now.” Last fall, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound winger who has been called, “one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen,” by Flames President Brian Burke, had a terrific training camp in Calgary and almost stuck with the big club. After an impressive training camp in which he averaged two points a game in the Young Stars tournament, it was an extremely difficult decision to send him down to start the season. But after all his ups and downs, the 23-year-old former member of Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships was given his first legitimate chance to play in the NHL and he grabbed that opportunity with gusto. “I see a great young pro in the making,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said last spring. “I think Micheal has a very brilliant future