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WATCH: Face to face with the Calgary Flames’ key players

The Calgary Flames were one of the NHL’s best stories last season.

A 20-point improvement in the standings lead to the team’s first playoff appearance since 2009, and the first series victory in 11 years. While happy to be back in the post-season, no one was satisfied with a second-round exit at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

With a healthy Captain Mark Giordano and the addition of off-season acquisitions defenceman Dougie Hamilton and forward Michael Frolik, anticipation for the 2015-16 season is at an all-time high.

Global’s Brendan Parker sat down with some of the key players in this year’s group to talk about the thrill of playoff hockey, managing expectations and hockey’s ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup.

WATCH BELOW: Brendan Parker sits down, one on one, with Calgary Flames centre Matt Stajan to discuss his NHL career.

WATCH BELOW:Flames Captain Mark Giordano talks about missing playoff action last season with, what he called the most difficult injury of his career.

WATCH BELOW: Head Coach Bob Hartley delves into his 2015-16 group, how valuable last year’s playoff experience was and what makes a championship calibre team.

WATCH BELOW: Flames defenseman Kris Russell discusses heightened expectations, team chemistry and shot blocking.

WATCH BELOW: Rookie Sam Bennett was in Calgary last season for the Flames home opener, but could only watch after undergoing shoulder surgery. He talks about what it means to be in the starting line-up this year.

WATCH BELOW: After signing a new contract just before training camp, Micheal Ferland talks about taking another step in the NHL, and how giving up alcohol may have saved his hockey career.

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