The Game of Numbers is an exclusive THW series looking at upcoming milestones around the NHL. Each team will be looked at individually in three parts – individual player milestones, franchise player milestones, and players that rank in the top 100 in NHL history in any big statistical category.
For Calgary Flames fans, it was tough seeing Jarome Iginla leave when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. After all, Iginla ranked among the franchises best players in every offensive category. But him leaving town opened the doors for other Flames to step up.
Mark Giordano – the team’s current captain – has since taken the lead on the team. He’s mentored the team’s young players and led the way offensively this season. While he progresses in his all-around game, the young Flames look to make their mark in franchise and NHL history by reaching their own milestones.
Calgary Flames’ Individual Milestones
Since Iginla’s departure, the Flames have been in a rebuilding stage – one that seems to be headed in the right direction with their surprising success this season. And while their ability to get the job done thus far in 2014-15 is surprising, it’s also well deserved as their young players reach personal marks that prove why they were selected to stick with the team.
- 800 games played: Matt Stajan (774)
- 600 games played: Ladislav Smid (561)
- 400 games played: David Jones (387), Jonas Hiller (378)
- 300 games played: Mikael Backlund (298), T.J. Brodie (266)
- 200 games played: Lance Bouma (199), Brandon Bollig (187), Joe Colborne (160), Sean Monahan (156)
- 100 games played: Johnny Gaudreau (81), Drew Shore (78), Josh Jooris (60), Markus Granlund (55)
- 100 goals: David Jones (93), Dennis Wideman (92), Mark Giordano (66), Sean Monahan (53), Mikael Backlund (51)
- 300 assists: Dennis Wideman (258)
- 200 assists: Mark Giordano (179)
- 100 assists: T.J. Brodie (81), David Jones (80), Mikael Backlund (77), Ladislav Smid (60)
- 400 points: Jiri Hudler (371), Matt Stajan (361), Dennis Wideman (350)
- 200 points: David Jones (173), Kris Russell (158)
- 100 points: Sean Monahan (96), Ladislav Smid (72), Johnny Gaudreau (65), Joe Colborne (62), Deryk Engelland (58), Lance Bouma (53)
- 200 wins: Jonas Hiller (188)
Calgary Flames’ Franchise Milestones
Active leaders in Flames historical stats include Iginla, Mike Cammalleri, and Alex Tanguay – all of whom don’t wear the Calgary logo on their jerseys anymore. With that, the doors have opened for guys like Giordano, Glencross and Matt Stajan. While they are quite far from taking the franchise lead in most statistical categories, they have started the climb into the team’s history books.
- Mark Giordano (510) needs 5 games played to pass Guy Chouinard (514) for 14th on the team’s all-time list.
- Karri Ramo (74) needs 24 games played to pass Rick Tabaracci (97) for 12th on the team’s all-time goalie list.
- Jonas Hiller (52) needs 6 games played to pass Jamie McLennan (57) for 15th on the team’s all-time goalie list.
- Karri Ramo (32) needs 5 wins to pass Rick Tabaracci (36) for 12th on the team’s all-time list.
- Jonas Hiller (26) needs 7 wins to pass Karri Ramo (32) for 13th on the team’s all-time list.
- Karri Ramo (4) needs 1 shutout to pass Jamie McLennan, Rick Tabaracci, Patrick Riggin, and Rick Wamsley (4) for 9th on the team’s all-time list.
- Jonas Hiller (1) needs 1 shutout to pass Yves Belanger, Ken Wregget, Jeff Reese, and Dwayne Roloson (1) for 16th on the team’s all-time list.
‘Top 100’ Milestones
Jonas Hiller was acquired by the Calgary Flames in the 2014 offseason in the hopes that he could fill in a gap between the pipes. Since, he’s played well enough to earn strong consideration as the team’s number one goalie ahead of Karri Ramo. Maybe it was the expectations in Anaheim, but Hiller was forgotten about nearing the end of last season with Frederik Andersen and John Gibson ready to take on the duties. Regardless, Hiller’s career numbers were certainly considered when Calgary’s front office brought him in to start the season.
- Hiller (188) needs 3 wins to pass Cesare Maniago and Clint Benedict (190) for 82nd on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Hiller (22) needs 1 shutout to pass Bruce Gamble, Johan Hedberg, Cam Ward, Kirk McLean, and Billy Smith (22) for 95th on the NHL’s all-time list.
More from the ‘Game of Numbers’ series:
Eastern Conference: BOS | BUF | CAR | CLB | DET | FLA | MTL | NJD | NYI | NYR | OTT | PHI | PIT | TBL | TOR | WSH
Western Conference: ANA | ARZ | CAL | CHI | COL | DAL | EDM | LAK | MIN | NSH | SJS | STL | VAN | WPG
NOTE: The ‘Game of Numbers’ series is subject to updates as the 2014-15 season progresses. Individual marks will only appear if the player is within 50 of the specific statistical milestone, while franchise marks only recognize the top 20 in club history.
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Last Updated: July 31, 2015
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.