Flames sign Laing to AHL deal

The Calgary Flames, parent club of the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, announced today the signing of forward Quintin Laing to an American Hockey League contract.

“Quintin is the consummate professional and a tremendous leader,” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster. “As our captain in Abbotsford last year he demonstrated a ‘team-first’ mentality at all times, and he helped our young prospects grow and develop both on and off the ice. His character, grit, determination and professionalism are qualities we want our prospects to emulate. Getting Quintin back in the fold for Abbotsford was a top priority for us and we are very pleased he has chosen to return to our organization.”

Laing, who was originally Detroit’s fourth-round selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, has played 79 career NHL games with Chicago and Washington. After suffering an injury and appearing in only 39 games during the 2007-08 season, Laing was the Masterton Trophy nominee from the Capitals, which is awarded to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

After signing as a free agent in Abbotsford last year, Laing was named team captain and recorded seven goals and 19 assists in 59 games for the Heat. The native of Harris, Sask., has played 568 career AHL games with Abbotsford, Hershey and Norfolk, totaling 80 goals and 151 assists for 231 points. Laing won a Calder Cup championship with Hershey in 2009.