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CALGARY - Ryan Getzlaf returns to Calgarys Saddledome on Sunday not as a member of the enemy Anaheim Ducks, but to be celebrated as a Calgary Hitmen alumnus. Michael Carter-Williams Jersey .The forward watched former Ducks teammate Teemu Selanne have his No. 8 retired at Anaheims Honda Centre just a few days ago.At 29, Getzlaf has several more years of NHL hockey before the Ducks honour him that way. But he has reached a stage of his career where his hockey legacy has begun to be documented.The Western Hockey Leagues Calgary Hitmen, who are owned by the NHLs Flames, are making Getzlaf the inaugural member of their Forever A Hitmen honour role.The Regina native played four seasons for the Hitmen from 2002 to 2005 before going on to win a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, as well as Olympic gold medals with the Canadian mens hockey team in 2010 and 2014.Getzlaf will be at Scotiabank Saddledome prior to Sundays Hitmen game versus the Regina Pats. His name on a banner will be put on permanent display there.Seeing the extent of how people welcomed Teemu and how much he meant to a lot of people around the rink and with the fans and everything makes you kind of think back on your time for sure, Getzlaf said.Anaheims captain since 2010 has averaged almost a point per game in just over 650 career games for the Ducks. At 28-10-6, the Ducks are pulling away with the Pacific Division lead this season.The Hitmen helped lay the foundation for Getzlafs rapid rise to premier-player status in the NHL.I wasnt fortunate enough to win a Memorial Cup or anything like that, but I got a lot of good playoff experience and good exposure, Getzlaf said. Playing in the Western league, you learn what that 82-game schedule is like. You also get to experience things in Calgary that you dont in a lot of places.To see NHL teams come in and out and practise and watch games, and you get a lot of exposure to the pro lifestyle, thats a pretty good thing when youre trying to change into a pro.Now six foot four and 220 pounds, Getzlaf grew almost four inches between his WHL bantam draft, when he was taken in the third round, and his first Hitmen training camp in 2000.He compiled 95 goals and 125 assists in 215 games as well as 12 goals and 16 assists in 28 playoff games for the Hitmen.A first-round pick of the Ducks in 2003, he would have played in the NHL at 19 if not for the lockout of 2004-05. But remaining in junior made him available for what is arguably the best Canadian junior mens hockey team in history.Part of a unique class of big Canadian forwards born in 1985, Getzlaf, Jeff Carter and Brent Burns were the three towering forwards head coach Brent Sutter put on the ice for opening faceoffs.Canada dominated the 2005 world junior championship in Grand Fork, N.D., to win gold for the first time since 1997. The tournament was the highlight of Getzlafs final season of major junior hockey.Our team probably wouldnt have had a lot of guys at that world juniors had the NHL been playing, he recalled. It was an experience I wouldnt trade in for the world.He twice played for Canadas junior team — winning a silver medal in 2004 — and was twice a WHL all-star. He remains involved with his major junior team sponsoring a Hitmen program called Getzlafs Gamers which provides Hitmen tickets to children.Everyone in Calgary was always good to me, Getzlaf said. The people around the city, even when I came back as the enemy, people were always pretty good to me.The Hitmen arent retiring his No. 15 in Sundays ceremony and Getzlaf applauds that.I think its a good way to do it where you dont have to lose numbers, he explained.Especially at the junior level, I dont think you can start putting up a whole bunch of jerseys up in the rafters and not have numbers to wear, so its a cool way of honouring somebody and not sacrificing the number forever. Giannis Antetokounmpo Jersey . As the only competitor to try two quads, much less complete them, Kovtun ended the day nearly nine points ahead of Japans Tatsuki Machida, who opened with a clean quad but then stepped out of the triple toe loop that was the second jump in his combination. John Henson Bucks Jersey . A 19-game winner with the New York Yankees in both 2006 and 2007, Wang spent most of this year at Triple-A for the Yankees and Blue Jays. The 33-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 7.CHICAGO - Never mind that sluggish opener.LeBron James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a home loss to New York to beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night.It was an opportunity to go out and redeem ourselves, James said.James was 14 of 30 from the field and had eight rebounds, four steals and only three turnovers after going 5 of 15 and turning it over eight times Thursday night against New York in his return to Cleveland after four seasons in Miami.The first meeting between teams expected to fight for the Eastern Conference title was tight, with several late swings.Tonight, we played good basketball, Cleveland coach David Blatt said after his first NBA victory. Tonight was just about playing well and consistently throughout. We did that. We beat a very good team tonight. We did not have an easy way coming off the game last night.Derrick Rose scored 20 points for Chicago, but his first meaningful home game in about a year was spoiled by a sprained left ankle. Sidelined for most of the past two seasons by knee injuries, he came up hobbling in the first half and went to the locker room in the fourth quarter.Cleveland rallied from five down in the closing minute of regulation after blowing a nine-point lead to start the fourth quarter.James took over in OT, flipping in a wild reverse layup and scoring Clevelands first eight points in the extra period.Tristan Thompson iced it with a dunk after rebounding James jumper to make it a four-point game with 24 seconds left. Thompson tied a franchise record with 12 offensive rebounds.Here are some things we learned from James first victory in his return to the Cavaliers:BOOARD BATTLE: Yes, James had a strong night. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jersey. . But what really impressed him was the Cavaliers effort on the boards.They outrebounded Chicago 52-42 after getting beaten on the glass by New York.Were one of the best rebounding teams in the league as well, James said. (Thursday) night we got outrebounded, thats something we cannot do ever. We have to trust in Andy (Anderson Varejao) and Kevin (Love). We should be up there, tied for rebounding or winning. We cant shy away from contact.Thompson, who was hoping to land a contract extension before the deadline, finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Love, Clevelands other big off-season addition, has 16 points and 16 rebounds.Tristan was unbelievable, James said. He had one defensive rebound, 12 offensive rebounds — thats a mans man game right there, and Kevin had a double-double.MORE TO COME?: With James and Love joining Irving in Cleveland and Rose leading a deep roster in Chicago, the Cavaliers and Bulls just might be duking it out the next few years.Theyre a very good team, Hinrich said. Obviously, theyre as talented as anybody one-two-three. Their bigs are very good at getting little things and complementing their other guys. I know theyre going to be a tough out, no question.BALANCED BULLS: Chicagos Kirk Hinrich came on strong at the end to finish with 20 points. Pau Gasol scored 15 points, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 14.EXTENSION, NO EXTENSION: Cleveland signed Varejao to a contract extension Friday. He was in position to become a free agent this summer. Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was unable to reach an agreement before the deadline. Chicago will have the right to match any offer he receives. 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