FN’s All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Jamie Macoun

As
far as defensive defenseman go, you’d be hard pressed to find one better than
Jamie Macoun in Calgary Flames history. He, along with Ric Nattress, formed one
of the stingiest shutdown pairings of the 1988-89 season to help earn the
Flames their first Stanley Cup.

But
things weren’t always so great Macoun.

He
went undrafted and signed with the Flames as a UFA out of Ohio State. That
year, Macoun was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. Following arguably his
best season as a Flame in 1986-87 (where he picked up a career-high 40 points),
Macoun was involved in a nearly fatal car accident that left him with only a
50-percent chance to ever use his arm again. Needless to say, after 17 months
of rehab (he missed the 1987-88 season), Macoun came back and was a core figure
for the Flames for four more seasons before his trade to the Toronto Maple
Leafs.

CAREER
STATISTICS

Macoun
is a defensive defenseman through and through, so his numbers won’t make shake
your head in disbelief like, say, Al MacInnis. However, if in today’s NHL your
best shut down defender posted 35-40 points a season, you’d be a happy camper.


What
Macoun is known for can’t be seen on a score sheet. Unfortunately, Corsi and
Fenwick weren’t invented back then.

MOST
MEMORABLE MOMENTS

There
isn’t a lot of footage of Jamie Macoun on the interwebs, yet we have here one
of the nastiest scraps you’ll ever see between him and Ron Delorme.

FLAMES
MILESTONES

  • 8th most games played in franchise history
  • 3rd highest plus/minus rating in franchise history
  • 14th most PIMS in franchise history
  • 4th most points for a defenseman in franchise history
  • 4th most games played for a defenseman in franchise history
  • 2nd highest plus/minus rating for a defenseman in franchise history
  • Appears five times in the franchise’s top-15 single-season plus/minus rating for a defenseman

LEGACY

Having
patrolled the Flames blue line for nine seasons, Macoun’s legacy rests on his
longevity as a Flame and as perhaps the best shutdown defenseman in franchie
history. Beyond that, he was viewed a magnetizing teammate whether he was in
Calgary, Toronto or Detroit, and most of all, a competitor having won two Stanley
Cups in his career (1989 with Calgary; 1998 with Detroit).

Macoun is a currently a regular figure around
Calgary as a realtor, but can commonly be seen at the Dome as a season
ticket holder and around the community doing charity work.

      • KACaribou

        All part of the same deal. Atrocious.

        Gilmour
        Macoun
        Nattress
        Whamsley
        Manderville

        for

        NOTHING USEFUL

        Going to school in Ontario at the time, I got to see the Leafs often on TV and occasionally live in the Garden. As Flames fan I was disgusted at the time. I’ve only become more bitter in the years since.

        • KACaribou

          The thing I wonder about in deals like that is whether lightning ever strikes twice. If you score a deal so outrageously one sided, like that one was, who wants to deal with you again?

          Kinda makes me wonder if anyone will deal with BT without checking for their watch or their short pants after that Hamilton deal. As sweet as it was, it wasn’t as outrageous as that Gilmour/Macoun trade.

          • That’s not the same thing. It is entirely unclear whether the Flames publicised who they would choose with that pick so you can’t say they stole anything from Arizona; even if it were known who they were going to pick, Arizona may well believe the negative press about Kylington and thus that it was Calgary that was throwing that pick away; and, Kylington has a sky high ceiling but still hasn’t played and may not turn out so we haven’t stolen anything, yet.

            Not the same thing at all.

          • wot96

            Okay, fair enough. I was insufficiently precise.

            I wonder if anyone is going to trade a player from or to BT without looking much harder at the return in the future.

  • supra steve

    On a team filled with future HOFers, Macoun was my favorite at the time. Played the game the way a D-man is supposed to. Doug Risebrough must have lost his freakin mind when he made that trade, and Fletcher should have done time for robbery.

  • KACaribou

    Wondering if there are basic criteria for these selections? Is there more than just that they played on the Stanley Cup winning team?

    I’m not critical per se of Macoun in particular, just replying in this most recent thread, but there are a number of great players from 1980-2015 (35 years) and there seems to be a heavy bias toward the 88-89 team.

    Is games played as a Flame a consideration? Or Career in all teams? Is it the best team from all eras, or a collection of the best players from every era?

    I’m trying to understand some of the more silly selections vs the glaring omissions (I know we’re not done)

      • wot96

        Thanks for the clarification. It’s understandable the heavy bias toward the 88-89 team then because the core spanned such a long period – making them more iconic, having more games etc.

        Which is different than just “great” players who were Flames. Like Phil Housley… who was never very great as a Flame, and had his flaws, but no doubt was an excellent HOF defender that provided a specific skillset. I was never a big fan, but I wondered how he fit in this exercise.

        By your criteria he shouldn’t be included.

        Perhaps we need a best Flames team who played for the Flames, but very little and never really made an impact as Calgary Flames – start with Hull, Giguere, Chouinard, St.Louis etc. etc.

  • wot96

    ^^^^^^^^ yes a million times over to a “what could have been” flames greats articles

    Also, I worked in the same building as Jamie for many years, took the elevator together countless amounts of times… He never once even thought about acknowledging my existence… He kinda seemed like a douche canoe.