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.
things weren’t always so great Macoun.
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
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.
Macoun is known for can’t be seen on a score sheet. Unfortunately, Corsi and
Fenwick weren’t invented back then.
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.
- 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
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.