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Flames Best #13 Of All Time: Johnny Gaudreau

Flames Best #13 Of All Time: Johnny Gaudreau

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via In a short time Gaudreau is EASILY the best Flames player to ever sport the #13. The Flames aren’t the Montreal Canadiens, but nor are they the Vegas Golden Knights when it comes to how long they’ve been a franchise. But for a team (both Atlanta and Calgary) that’s been in the NHL for 48 years, only six players have worn the #13 in Flames history. That’s a small number of players for a digit in the low teens. When you break them down, there were three candidates for the best player to wear this number, but only one is really...
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20 to ’20: Calgary's sporting icons of the 2000s so far — Craig Conroy

As 2020 winds to a close, Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson profiles Calgary’s sporting icons of the 2000s so far …   Just one day after announcing that he was hanging up his skates, a rare mid-season retirement, Craig Conroy had a desk at the Saddledome. The Calgary Flames provided a password for RinkNet, their go-to software for filing,...
Flames Best #12 Of All Time: Jarome Iginla

Flames Best #12 Of All Time: Jarome Iginla

Duh. I know we’re going to have some die hard Hakan Loob fans in here who will disagree with me selecting Iggy as the best #12 ever and.....well, you’d be wrong. Jarome Iginla is without a doubt, the greatest Flame ever and the greatest #12 in franchise history. And don’t give me that nonsense about wearing #24 for one season. For 16 seasons and 1219 games Jarome Iginla was the face of the Calgary Flames and his career stats and contributions to the franchise can’t be measured on their face value alone. This is the man, who despite playing with inferior talent for most...
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Flames Top 25 Under 25: #7 - Sam Bennett

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Playoff Sam Bennett showed up again #7 - Sam Bennett Position: Centre/Left Wing Age: 24 2019-20 Team: Calgary Flames (NHL) Drafted in 2014, Round 1, Pick 4 2019 Ranking: #7 Bennett Votes MGMacGillivray: #6 Flashalytics: #10 MarkParkinson14: #8 Madeline.Campbell: #10 Gordie.Taylor: #7 Readers: #7 If there’s one consistent thing about Sam Bennett, it’s that he’s extremely inconsistent. For the second year in a row, we saw Bennett turn in a mediocre at-best regular season performance but then become an absolute world-beater in the...
Flames Best #11 Of All Time: Mikael Backlund

Flames Best #11 Of All Time: Mikael Backlund

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via It took #11 to get going, but once he did Mikael Backlund became one of Calgary’s most reliable players. Now before all the Colin Patterson fans and family members jump down my throat here, I want you to know that this was one of the harder numbers to decide on. Patterson had a solid career with the Flames and was a member of the 89 Stanley Cup Championship team. His numbers were pretty average, but when it came down to brass tax, Mikael Backlund has had the better career so far and deserves to hold the mantle of “best Flames player...
Flames Best #10 Of All Time: Gary Roberts

Flames Best #10 Of All Time: Gary Roberts

Imagine how great Roberts would have been if he stayed healthy towards the end of his time in Calgary. As we leave the single digits and launch into double digit territory, it’s highly appropriate that #10 be an absolute slam dunk as to who is the best to ever wear it in gold and red. And that easy call is Gary Roberts. Roberts was a member of the Flames for 10 seasons and was a fantastic all around player that could score and be physical. He played in 585 career games with Calgary, scored 257 goals and handed out 248 assists. In addition to his scoring prowess, Roberts is...
Flames Best #9 Of All Time: Lanny McDonald

Flames Best #9 Of All Time: Lanny McDonald

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ There’s only one #9 in Flames history. There’s no more endearing image in Flames history than Lanny McDonald and that HoF mustache hoisting the Stanley Cup above his head, in the last game of his storied NHL career. If you thought anyone other than Lanny would be here at #9 please see yourself out. Lanny McDonald was a fixture with the Flames for eight seasons after already having an established and successful NHL career. But Calgary is where that holy grail prize that had eluded him for so long, would finally be...
Flames Best #8 Of All Time: Valeri Bure

Flames Best #8 Of All Time: Valeri Bure

The lean years in Calgary produced Valeri’s best years of his career. The number 8 hasn’t exactly been a lucky number for Flames players. The landscape is littered with players who wore it for one or two seasons and there was a six year stretch (1990-96) where no Flames player wore that number. Jusso Valimaki currently sports #8 on the Flames roster, so there is some hope for that much maligned digit in Flames franchise history. But before there Juuso, there was Valeri Bure. You could argue that no one player really symbolizes the struggles of those late 90’s Flames...
The Tinderbox, Ep. 37: Retro Remix, Flames By Number & Reader Questions

The Tinderbox, Ep. 37: Retro Remix, Flames By Number & Reader Questions

We talk new jerseys and the Flames top line and the defence ahead of next season. The Tinderbox This season we will be debuting the new look/sounding Tinderbox as part of SBN’s Podcast Nation. We will cover a variety of topics throughout the season and have different guests from our SBN Family when the Flames are playing a team in their respective areas. So pull up a chair by the fire place, put on your best robe and kick back and relax to the sounds of the Tinderbox! Don’t forget you can download this podcast at Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and iHeart Radio. Episode...
Flames Best #7 Of All Time: Joe Mullen

Flames Best #7 Of All Time: Joe Mullen

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ Joe Mullen’s time in Calgary was short, but it was where he put up the best numbers of his long career. #7 is one of those numbers in Flames history that was been worn a lot. Twenty three times to be exact, but there’s one name that comes to mind and it’s really not even close (sorry T.J. Brodie). Joe Mullen played five OUTSTANDING seasons with the Calgary Flames from 1986-1990 and is a slam dunk to be the greatest player to ever wear the #7 in franchise history. Mullen was already on the fast track to NHL stardom when...
Flames Top 25 Under 25: #8 - Oliver Kylington

Flames Top 25 Under 25: #8 - Oliver Kylington

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Kylington cracks the Top 10 for the first time #8 - Oliver Kylington Position: Defense Age: 23 2019-20 Team: Calgary Flames (NHL) Drafted in 2015, 2nd Round, Pick 60 2019 Ranking: #11 Kylington Votes MGMacGillivray: #11 Flashalytics: #11 MarkParkinson14: #9 Madeline.Campbell: #7 Gordie.Taylor: #8 Readers: #8 Who is Oliver Kylington and where does he really fit on the Flames? Those have been two questions that have been on my mind for a couple of seasons now as Kylington has progressed to a larger role at the NHL level with the team. He...
Flames Best #6 Of All Time: Phil Housley

Flames Best #6 Of All Time: Phil Housley

Photo by Graig Abel/ Housley played during some of the Flames dark times. There have been a few players to wear #6 that were in contention for being the best ever in Flames history to wear that digit. Ric Nattress wore it from 1988-92 and was part of the ‘89 Stanley Cup Championship team, but his numbers don’t measure up when compared to who we chose. The other person in the mix was Dennis Wideman and he had a few good seasons in Calgary, but in the end none were better than Phil Housley with #6 on their back. Housley, much like Brad McCrimmon, was already a well...
Flames Best #5 Of All Time: Mark Giordano

Flames Best #5 Of All Time: Mark Giordano

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Gio has played in the second most game in franchise history. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t drafted. There’s just certain numbers throughout the Flames history that you always equate with one player and #5 is one of those. Fifteen players have worn the sweater with 5 on it, the first being Ron Harris WAAAAAAAAY back in 1973. But it’s the current Flames Captain, Mark Giordano that has been the best player to wear that number in Flames franchise history. What makes Gio’s story so interesting is that he took the long road to get to...
Flames Top 25 Under 25: #9 - Dustin Wolf

Flames Top 25 Under 25: #9 - Dustin Wolf

Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze Last year’s 7th round pick rockets up the board #9 - Dustin Wolf Position: Goaltender Age: 19 2019-20 Team: Everett Silvertips (WHL) Drafted in 2019, Round 7, #214 2019 Ranking: #19 Wolf Votes MGMacGillivray: #8 Flashalytics: #9 MarkParkinson14: #7 Madeline.Campbell: #9 Gordie.Taylor: #10 Readers: #13 I try not to get too hyped on young prospects, especially ones that haven’t played a single game of professional hockey yet, but man Dustin Wolf made that tough this year. While I can’t confirm this, I’m pretty sure...
Flames Best #4 Of All Time: Brad McCrimmon

Flames Best #4 Of All Time: Brad McCrimmon

Photo by Graig Abel/ Brad McCrimmon had a decent run with the Flames, but tragedy would mark the end of his life. Brad McCrimmon was already an established NHL player when he arrived in Calgary prior to the 1987-88 season, as he had already played eight seasons in the NHL between Boston and Philadelphia. His three years in Calgary weren’t the best of his career, but they did give him something no other season did: a Stanley Cup Championship. Oddly enough, McCrimmon’s second worst year with the Flames came in the year they won the Cup, after an outstanding first...

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