A history of Flames numbers: #17, Lance Bouma

When Lance Bouma was with the Vancouver Giants and Abbotsford Heat, he wore the number 10. When he joined the Flames, it was under his training camp number of 57. When he made the team full time, he ended up with #17 – as Corban Knight, freshly traded for, was immediately granted #10.

Bouma played more NHL games than Knight that season. (Bouma played more NHL games that season than Knight has in his entire career.) One of these players is still with the Flames – and he ended up with a slightly higher number than may have been originally anticipated.

#17 on the Flames

Bouma is the 21st player in Flames history to ever wear #17:

  • LW John Stewart
  • RW Hilliard Graves
  • C Don Laurence
  • C Garry Unger
  • C Rick Adduono
  • RW Jamie Hislop
  • C Mike Eaves
  • C Jiri Hrdina
  • RW/C Marc Habscheid
  • C Wes Walz
  • C Todd Hlushko
  • C/RW Bob Sweeney
  • LW Hnat Domenichelli
  • RW Sergei Krivokrasov
  • RW Chris Clark
  • LW Jason Boterill
  • RW Chris Simon
  • RW Eric Godard
  • RW Rene Bourque
  • RW Blake Comeau
  • C Lance Bouma

Half of these guys are right wingers which, today, could probably improve Bouma’s standing a little in the organization. (This is what Alex Chiasson is for now, right?) Bouma is technically a centre, but plays pretty much just the left side nowadays – and is only the fourth guy to wear this number in over four decades to play that position.

The best #17


At a glance, at least points-wise, Bouma looks like one of the weaker players to ever don the number. He’s not, say, Godard, but even Simon – who we just saw in #15 – scored at a better rate than he did (as did fellow #17 who actually got to wear #10, Comeau). Bouma actually falls pretty close to the bottom of the list.

Unger, who also wore #7 for the Flames, had the most impressive career of this group – but he only played one season for the Flames. 

After him, going by points per game, it’s Graves, who spent three seasons playing for the Flames. And after him? Bourque, who had the number just before Comeau and Bouma. 

Previous numbers

#1Brian Elliott #3Jyrki Jokipakka
#5Mark Giordano #6Dennis Wideman
#7T.J. Brodie #11Mikael Backlund
#13Johnny Gaudreau #15Ladislav Smid
  • FireScorpion

    Garry Unger was a Flame? Nice, Also at 38 he played 30 games in the British Hockey League putting up 95 goals 143 assists for 238 points. Sure it’s Britain, but that must have been a blast. That’s wild.

    Also I remember being filled with hope for Jarome’s pal Domenichelli and thinking Oh yeah they’re going to click and it’s going to be great. I was a kid..what a disappointment.

    • Thunder1

      Yes, surprisingly true Fire Scorpion!

      Unger, disgruntled at being passed over for the Lady Byng trophy for the seventeenth season in a row despite accumulating only 12 minutes in penalties through 1177 career NHL games, fled the continent to seek reprieve in the United Kingdom.

      Upon his arrival, the 38-year-old fell in with the B-list royalty crowd, shacking up with Countess Catherine du Camembert at her family’s dilapidated castle on the quarry in East Birmingham.

      Suiting up for the Birmingham Cokers, previously a middle to lower tier squad in the United Kingdom Men’s Hockey League, Unger immediately began to turn around the fortunes of the team that was in danger of being relegated and folded.

      In his first shift of his first game, Unger scored a whopping 13 goals and added seven assists, five of which were primary helpers. Owing in no small part to the fact that nearly all the players in the hard-scrabble British league suffered from some level of “black-lung” disease due to the coal fired Zamboniis used at the time, Unger continued his historic assault on the league’s record books.

      Sadly, the Countess, tired of his constant late night returns reeking of ale from the rink, tried to have him locked in the tower room of her estate.

      Unger fled back to North America, settling in St. Loo and finishing his days off as a mid-level manager in the Purina dog food conglomerate.

  • Scary Gary

    Bourque had all the physical tools (as shown in 2009-2011) but he was wildly inconsistent and had trouble staying healthy. His point per game was 0.55 prior to being traded to Montreal and 0.27 afterwards; we definitely moved on at the right time.

    • Baalzamon

      That might have been Feaster’s best trade, except perhaps for the Tim Erixon situation. Still don’t really understand how a player that talented and that smart became a bust, but oh well.

      Back to Bourque/Cammalleri; the best asset Montreal got in that trade, by far, was the second round pick they squandered on Zach Fucale.

  • Joe Flames

    wow, there are some names I haven’t seen in a while!! hislop, eaves, krivokrasov, dominichelli, habscheid.

    Eaves was a pretty talented player in his heyday.