Calgary Flames Players and Their Unusual Numbers

During their thirty-year tenure in the league, Calgary Flames has had many players. There have been many jerseys. Numbers such as 7, 15, 16, 21 or 22 have been very popular. They have been worn by 23 players, which is the most number of Flames players to have ever worn any number. Three numbers are also retired: 9 (Lanny McDonald), 12 (Jarome Ingalla), and 30 (30 (Mike Vernon).

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Each number has been worn by at most one Flames player from 1-68. But, after 68 there are still some that haven’t been worn. In fact, only eight numbers from 69 to 99 were ever taken. These numbers have been worn by only one player, despite being worn. Today we’ll be discussing the jersey numbers.

#52: Brandon Bollig (2016)

Many players have worn the numbers 1 through 51 throughout the Flames’ history, but that has changed at 52. Brandon Bollig, a former enforcer, wore 52 in his final season with Flames. While he certainly wasn’t known for his skill, posting just nine points over those two seasons, he was known for always being willing to stand up for his teammates, proven by his 191 penalty minutes over that time. He also participated in 11 postseason games in 2015. He scored two goals and took 38 penalty minutes.

Brandon Bollig wore #52 for the Flames. (Photo Credit to Andy Martin Jr.

The two seasons spent with the Flames were Bollig’s final two as an NHL player. He spent two more years in the AHL after the 2015-16 season. Announcement of his retirement. He was 33 years old when he played in 241 regular season NHL games. In those 241 regular-season NHL games, he scored ten goals as well as 23 points. He also helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013, playing in five playoff games.

#64 Garnet Hathaway (2016 – 2017)

After four seasons playing for Brown University, it didn’t seem that Garnet Hathaway had an NHL future ahead of him, as the right-winger put up a combined 20 goals and 58 points in 121 games. He played 175 games for the Flames, despite that. In 26 of those 175 matches, he wore number 64. It was the only time that a player wore that number for the team. He scored 16 goals and had 40 points in his Flames career. He also participated in five postseason games in 2019.

Garnet Hathaway, Petr Mrazek
Garnet Hathaway, #64 Former Calgary Flame (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Hathaway signed with the Washington Capitals as a free agent after the 2018-19 season. four-year dealWith a $1.5 million annual cap. This deal was a win for the 28-year-old, as fourth-line players don’t often get that kind of term. He continued to play the same style and added nine goals, as well as seven helpers.

#65: Turner Elson (2016)

Turner Elson is one of 21 Flames players to only have one NHL game played. Additionally, he is the only Flames player to wear the #65. The first stat, especially considering it was his only NHL game played, isn’t a great group to be part of, but it’s interesting nonetheless. The 27-year-old’s lone game came against the Minnesota Wild and he played a big part in the 2-1 win, chipping in with an assist. He’s still active, having played the 2019-20 season for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL. He had nine goals and 22 points in 61 games.

#66: T.J. Brodie (2011)

T.J. Brodie is one of the longest-tenured Flames. He has worn number 7 for a while. T.J. Brodie donned number 65 during his debut season with the team in 2010-11. The Flames were not aware of the ex-fourth-round pick at the time. But, that has changed dramatically. The 30-year old has played his entire 634-game NHL career in Calgary, scoring 48 goals and 266 point.

TJ Brodie Calgary Flames
TJ Brodie wore #66 briefly with the Calgary Flames. (Amy IrvinThe Hockey Writers

Brodie was a Flame for many years, but that all changed with the 2019-20 season. Brodie signed as a free agent for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

#67: Michael Frolik (2016-2020)

Michael Frolik, the Flames’ first player to sport number 67, is the only one. Unlike others on this list, this wasn’t a number assigned to him that he later changed. He wore 67 throughout his entire 850-NHL-game history, which included stints with several teams, including the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Michael Frolik Calgary Flames
Michael Frolik (Calgary Flames)Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

The 33-year old has enjoyed a solid NHL career, scoring 159 goals and 384 point. However, age seems to have taken its toll. He only managed 14 points in just 57 games played between the Sabres and Flames in 2019-20. Frolik, who was originally from North America, moved to Switzerland and joined the Lausanne HC in the Swiss-A league.

#68: Jaromir Jagr (2018)

It is strange to look back and recall that Jaromir Jagr was a Flames player because his tenure with them was so brief. The icon, then 45 years old, signed with the team right before the 2017-18 season.

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He was unfortunately caught by the father time and only one goal and six assists were recorded in 22 games. We have decided to part ways.

Jaromir Jagr
Jaromir JagrAmy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Though Jagr’s name won’t appear in any franchise scoring records for the Flames as it does for many others, he is part of the team’s history as the only player to ever wear the number 68. He’s worn that number for his entire 1733-game NHL career. Amazingly, he still wears that number, even though he is 48 years old, when he plays in the Czech Republic’s highest professional league.

#77: Mark Jankowski (2017-2010)

Forward Mark Jankowski is the second Flame to make this list. The 25-year old has worn 77 in his entire career of 208 games and is the first franchise member to do so. Brodie is likely to be out of the team next season. His contract is due to expire. He is an unrestricted free agent. He put up seven points in just 56 games during the 2019-20 season.

Mark Jankowski, Calgary Flames
Mark Jankowski, Calgary Flames #77Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

This former 21st pick has had a varied career to date. Despite his struggles, he was still a solid secondary scorer his first two years in league. He may be able to improve his game and help Flames during the playoffs.

#79. Micheal Ferland (2015-2018)

Micheal Ferland was a Calgary fan favourite before he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2018 offseason in a huge deal. It all began in 2015 Playoffs, when he was flying around hitting everything they moved during their first-round series with the Vancouver Canucks. Kevin Bieksa, Canucks defenseman, claimed that Ferland was irrelevant to him but it was obvious that he was getting under their skins.

Micheal Ferland #79 (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Ferland was able to play in three seasons with the Flames after that playoff performance. His point totals increased each year. Ferland’s final season was a great one, scoring 21 goals and 41 points. In the offseason, he was traded to Hurricanes and signed a four year deal with the Canucks as a free agent. He still wears the number 79.

#86: Josh Jooris (2015)

Josh Jooris
Josh Jooris #86. Photo by Andy Martin Jr.

Even though Josh Jooris is no more in the NHL’s NHL, Flames fans still know his name. After his third season at Union College, the undrafted right-winger signed with Calgary. He appeared in 60 games in Calgary two years later, scoring 12 goals as well as 24 points. He also participated in 59 games during the 2015-16 season, but was less productive with just four goals or 13 points. He was made a free agent by the Flames after he refused to accept a qualifying offer.

Jooris also played for the New York Rangers (Arizona Coyotes), Hurricanes (Hurricanes), and the Pittsburgh Penguins. This season, the 30-year old spent his time playing for Lausanne HC (Swiss NL A League). He is currently the Flames’ only player to wear number 86, but he switched to number 16 in his second season.

#88: Andrew Mangiapane (2018-2020)

Andrew Mangiapane is the third and final Flames member on this list. He wears number 88. After This summer, don’t forget to keep your fingers crossed as a restricted free agent, many were ready to wave goodbye to the team’s 2015 sixth-round pick. He had only been able to score 13 points in his 54 career games.

Malcolm Subban, Andrew Mangiapane
Calgary Flames’ Andrew Mangiapane #88 (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

The season was a completely different story. Mangiapane signed a two-year, one-year contract in mid September. This not only got the team out of camp, but also provided solid secondary scoring. His 17 goals placed him fifth on the team and his 32 points put him sixth. These numbers are even more remarkable when you consider that he only played in 68 games during the season. He will need a new deal at the conclusion of the season and will be eligible to receive a raise.

#89. Alan Quine (2019-2020)

Alan Quine, while not a well-known name, has played in over 100 NHL games. 22 of those were with the Flames during the last two seasons. He wore number 10, most of his NHL career, with the New York Islanders. However, he has worn number 89 twice with the Flames during those two seasons.

Calgary Flames' Alan Quine and Rasmus Andersson
Calgary Flames’ Alan Quine #89 (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

The 27-year-old’s contract is set to expire after this season, so it remains to be seen whether or not he will be back with the organization for 2020-21. As a solid depth play, he would be welcome back by the management.

#92: Michael Nylander (1994-1998)

Michael Nylander is the father of current NHLers William & Alex. He wore number 92-2 for part of four seasons with Calgary between 1994-1998.

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He went on to have an excellent career with nearly 700 points. But despite a solid 55 point season in 1995-96, it was not enough to make him feel at home in Calgary.

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Nylander also spent time with the Hartford Whalers (Tampa Bay Lightning), Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago Blackhawks), Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He was a star in the NHL during his two seasons with the Rangers, where he scored 162 points in 160 games. While William, who is Michael’s oldest son, is very talented, he still has a long way to go before he can be considered a better player than his father.

Influential Players

This list has many solid players, which is perhaps the best part. Many teams have numbers that were worn only once by part-time NHLers, who chose the number rather than choosing it. The Flames are not among them. Quine, Elson and everyone else on this list have all had a solid career in the NHL.