A history of Flames numbers: #25, Freddie Hamilton

Is Freddie Hamilton going to be in the NHL this upcoming season? That much is, as of yet, unknown – but he was one of the few restricted free agents qualified, and he already has a lower number; one that he made his Flames debut in this past season.

We probably won’t see too much of #25 through the 2016-17 year – but we don’t really know how the year’s going to play out at all.

#25 on the Flames

F.Ham is the 17th player in Flames franchise history to wear #25:

  • LW Eric Vail
  • RW Willi Plett
  • RW Greg Meredith
  • D Neil Sheehy
  • RW Yves Courteau
  • C Mike Bullard
  • C Joe Nieuwendyk
  • LW Dave Roche
  • RW Sergei Krivokrasov
  • LW Niklas Andersson
  • D Igor Kravchuk
  • LW Martin Sonnenberg
  • RW Darren McCarty
  • LW Dave Moss
  • C Steve Begin
  • LW Brandon Bollig
  • C Freddie Hamilton

Sheehy (again, but only for one game) and Kravchuk aside, the number has been for forwards. As far as centres go, F.Ham is only the fourth pivot to wear it.

The best #25


Obviously, it’s Nieuwendyk – although Vail, Plett, and Bullard before him were pretty good, too (though Bullard did only spend two seasons with the Flames, while Vail and Plett spent most of their careers with this franchise).

F.Ham isn’t going to come close. He’s played more games than Courteau, but that’s it; he needs another six to pass Meredith, and 34 to pass Sonnenberg. Hell, he needs another three points – which would be doubling his career total – to pass Sonnenberg in points. We don’t even know if that much will happen.

Previous numbers

#1Brian Elliott #3Jyrki Jokipakka
#5Mark Giordano #6Dennis Wideman
#7T.J. Brodie #10Linden Vey
#11Mikael Backlund #13Johnny Gaudreau
#15Ladislav Smid #17Lance Bouma
#18Matt Stajan #19Matthew Tkachuk
#23Sean Monahan
  • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

    Not sure why you’re putting this guy in the numbers post . He won’t even be on the team. Only Joe Niewendyk should ever wear this number.

    • freethe flames

      This is a number that should be retired. Monahan reminds me a Niewy light. Maybe by the end of Monahan career we will be talking about him in the same way.

  • Stu Cazz

    If there is one major criticism that I have of the Flames organization is the treatment of retired players…the lack of recognition particularly for the star players that had contributed largely to the org and the city is lacking. The philosophy used in retiring numbers, ceremony’s is a joke. Agree Niewendyk’s number as well as McGinnis, Fleury etc are long overdue. The “Flames forever” gig or whatever it is called is a joke when compared to what the Habs and even the hated Oilers do for there retired stars….

    • supra steve

      If they deserve their numbers retired, when we hang those jerseys, should we spell their names correctly?

      McGinnis=MacInnis (really?)

      Niewendyk=Nieuwendyk (I’ll grant you…that one is tough)

      Also, a lot of Habs retired numbers finished their careers with that club, not so with any of the players you’ve mentioned. It’s a different time, player movement is way more common and loyalty of players to the organization and org. to player is changed.

      • The Fall

        MacInnis had untouchable numbers as a Flame: Cup, MVP, scoring, all star, history’s ‘hardest’ shot… It broke my heart when his number went up in St Louis.

      • Stu Cazz

        I’m guessing you are a recent Flames fan and Calgary resident with no true appreciation to what the players I mentioned have delivered to the Flames organization and the City of Calgary…you had to be here to understand what I am saying…continue and correct your spelling mistakes that’s where you add value…

          • McGinnis? Come on man. That guy is basically the reason I started watching hockey in the first place. Put the tiny bit of effort in to spell his name right if you’re going to be lecturing fans here about respect.

            Al McInnis. Best slapshot in the history of the NHL. It’s criminal that we didn’t retire that jersey.

        • supra steve

          Not sure what clues lead you to your conclusion/”guess”.

          My favorite players from my early childhood wore #10 and #29 in Montreal (both numbers now retired, players also retired)…before the Flames were in Calgary. My fav Flame of my teen years was #34, hated when he was traded with #39.

          So, I’m not fresh off the boat from Subastonia.

          Enjoy the rest of the weekend man.

  • NHL93

    Mike Bullard was a moustachioed lightning in a bottle during his brief stint with the Flames. The dude was a sniper. Then he got traded for Gilmour (because the rumour was Dougy picked up an underage gal at a bar and the Blues had to get him outta dodge) and that was it. Gone. So really we kind of traded Bullard for Gary Leeman and Doug Risebrough’s credibility.

    • deantheraven

      He also wore number 22. My uncle bought me a jersey after he asked me who my favourite Flame was at that time and I said “Bullard”. I think he used to chew tobacco on the ice…

    • supra steve

      The girl was 13, not really of age to be picked up in a bar. Rumour was that she was the babysitter, and Gilmour claimed that it was all made up (the girl’s family sued the Gilmours as well as the Blues organization) in an attempted cash grab. Not sure how it all resolved.

      Bullard scored a lot with the Flames, but he never again reproduced those results in later years. Another Fletcher heist from St. Louis.

    • supra steve

      I just appreciate a good strong defensive D-man who can throw a heavy hit. I appreciated all the other greats of that time as well and enjoyed watching them all play, and win. We were blessed to have them. But, yes, my fav was Jamie Macoun. Plus, I was a kid, kids are not known to be entirely rational or wise.

      Also, I like cool cars, and I heard Jamie had one that he could (and did) drive upside down. 🙂