Ben Street to Make NHL Debut with Calgary Flames

Former Badger Ben Street will make his NHL debut Saturday - Elsa (Getty Images Sport)

The former Wisconsin star will be the NCAA-leading 19th former Badger to skate in the NHL when he makes his debut on Saturday vs Vancouver.

The Calgary Flames announced on Friday that they have recalled center Ben Street from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

Street is in his first full season with the Abbotsford Heat, who he leads in scoring with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 44 games. He has played 151 career AHL games, netting 51 goals and 60 assists for 111 points. Street joined the Flames organization after signing as a free agent on July 2, 2012.

A former captain at Wisconsin, Street is the only player to play in two Frozen Fours under Mike Eaves. Street was a freshman when the Badgers won it all in 2006 in Milwaukee. After a medical redshirt his senior season, Street helped lead the Badgers to the 2010 Frozen Four in Detroit, where they eventually fell in the championship to Boston College.

With center Mikael Backlund being placed on injured reserve and center Michael Cammalleri day-to-day, Street will more than likely make his NHL debut for the Flames on Saturday when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks.

With his call-up, Street becomes the 19th former Badger to skate in the NHL this season. Wisconsin leads all NCAA schools in that category, with Boston College next at 16.

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You can also reach Andy via e-mail (AndyJohnsonB5Q@gmail.com)

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