A history of Flames numbers: #7, TJ Brodie

Lucky number seven! A lot of players have donned this number for the Flames franchise. Some have been incredible; others, a little less so.

The current incarnation of #7 actually saw his career start off with #66, a number that probably harkens a little more towards greatness. Still, throughout #7’s lengthy history on this team, we may be witnessing one of the better incarnations – one in a career that’s far from over.

#7 on the Flames

Brodie is the 23rd player in Flames franchise history to wear #7:

  • D Randy Manery
  • C Bobby Lalonde
  • C Garry Unger
  • D Randy Holt
  • C Guy Chouinard
  • C Mike Eaves
  • RW Joe Mullen
  • LW Tim Sweeney
  • D Michel Petit
  • D Jamie Allison
  • D Steve Konroyd
  • D Jamie Huscroft
  • LW Chris Dingman
  • RW Chris Clark
  • C Marc Bureau
  • C Steve Begin
  • RW Chuck Kobasew
  • D Bryan Marchment
  • D Andrei Zyuzin
  • C Stephane Yelle
  • RW Todd Bertuzzi
  • D Adam Pardy
  • D T.J. Brodie

This is a pretty big list filled with an even mix of skaters. Ten of them are defencemen, so the forwards actually outnumber them with seven centres, four right wingers, and two left wingers combining.

The number has belonged to defencemen since the start of this decade, though.

The best #7

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It’s particularly unfair to compare forwards and defencemen in this case; Mullen completely cleans up everyone else’s efforts. The highest scoring defenceman here is actually Petit, who scored 328 points in 827 games (.340 points per game). Manery follows with 256 points in 582 games (.440 points per game), and then Konroyd with 236 points in 895 games (.264 points per game). 

T.J. Brodie jumps in right after Bryan Marchment. Marchment, with 182 points over 926 games, checks in with a relatively paltry .197 points per game. Brodie? His career is still in progress – and honestly, the only thing he doesn’t do well is shoot the puck – and his 145 points in 336 games sees him at .432 points per game.

So basically, from a purely offensive numbers standpoint, Brodie is already closing in on the crown for best Flames defenceman to wear #7. Best overall is going to be quite a bit of a task – but he probably still has at least another 10 years in him.

Previous numbers

#1Brian Elliott #3Jyrki Jokipakka
#5Mark Giordano #6Dennis Wideman
  • Kevin R

    Ahhh F….K looks like Jooris signed with the Rangers. Too bad, I won’t lose any sleep but I kinda liked him. I think the thing I am not looking forward to is that Jooris is about become Byron 2 & how we shouldn’t have signed Brouwer so we could have kept Jooris over & over & over & over……

    • piscera.infada

      Brouwer really had no direct bearing on Jooris. They should have resigned Jooris simply because he’s an important part of a bottom-six. If they’re using that spot for to develop a young player that wins a camp battle, I understand it. If they use that spot to play Bollig more, then it’s a mistake.

      • Kevin R

        I agree but you know there will be mud flinging Byron style & blaming the Brouwer signing. I don’t think Jooris was a lock on that bottom 6. Last year he kind of took a step back & didn’t play with that same urgency he did the year before. That was my take watching him at the games. He was a free agent signing out of College. We have several 1st rounders in Shink, Janko, Poirrer & Klimchuk that need a chance to get a foot in the door. Even if they start out in the bottom 6. We also signed Prybil & I think Tre just figured Jooris was about to get leap frogged in a big way this year.

        • Baalzamon

          Far more likely people blame the Vey signing IMO. Which also had nothing to do with Jooris; to me it’s clear Vey was signed to replace Grant.

          Pretty obvious Brouwer was signed to play in the top six, and Jooris is a bottom six forward.

    • FireScorpion

      I’d rather have Brouwer than Jooris any day. Jooris was a healthy scratch how many times? I didn’t mind him, lots of energy and that but he’s no Brouwer

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    I think bouma will have a bounce back year. I’m still a fan it’s hard to have a good year when your injured so often. Here is to good health boums and may brodie cement his name in flames history.