OK let me put it this way. You are 15 years old, about to go into the WHL draft. You are not from Canada and have no family there. Where would you rather go:
I think you get my point. The Flames are the Wheat Kings of the NHL.
Another bad example. Many junior players (of all ages) have stated their pros and cons for the big city vs. the small centres. Although many say that playing for teams like Calgary, St.Mike's et all is good because it helps them adjust to big city life, many (and it is many) have said they would like to play in the small towns because everybody knows who they are and they get treated like superstars. Look at Robbie Schremp, he left the big city to go to London.