A history of Flames numbers: #27, Dougie Hamilton

This time about 13 months ago, the Flames were in need of another top four defenceman. There were some about to be available in the free agent market, but instead, Brad Treliving went in a completely different direction: acquiring then-22-year-old Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins for draft picks. It was instantly a vastly superior option, because he was about five years younger than pretty much everyone else who would have been available.

He fit perfectly into the rebuild. And it worked out well, because his #27 had recently become available a few months before Calgary acquired him.

#27 on the Flames

D.Ham is the 19th player in Flames franchise history to wear #27:

  • LW Eric Vail
  • LW Eddy Beers
  • LW Gord Hampson
  • LW John Tonelli
  • D Dale DeGray
  • LW Brian MacLellan
  • RW Tomas Forslund
  • C Ted Drury
  • LW Scott Morrow
  • D Todd Simpson
  • C Marc Savard
  • LW Craig Berube
  • C Steve Reinprecht
  • LW Mike Leclerc
  • RW Andre Roy
  • D Steve Staios
  • D Derek Smith
  • LW Sven Baertschi
  • D Dougie Hamilton

As of late, the number has gone to 2011 first round draft picks, defencemen, or both. D.Ham is the fifth defenceman for the Flames to wear the number. He’s pretty much always worn it, so this has worked out well. 

The best #27

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Savard very well could be the best player on this list – and it’s awful his career was cut short, and disappointing that he couldn’t stay a Flame any longer than he did – but Vail and Tonelli had really good careers, too, as did Beers in his admittedly shorter career. Vail stayed with the Flames for nearly a decade, even if most of it was in Atlanta.

As far as defencemen go, D.Ham is already the best one of the bunch. Only Staios has scored more than him, but that’s over, like, 700-something more games, so it really isn’t a contest. As far as points per game go, he’s seventh among this group, and the first just under .500.

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 #25Freddie Hamilton
#26Tyler Wotherspoon
  • ChinookArchYYC

    The trade for Hamilton has been one of the best in Flames history. I was stoked the day it was announced and I’m no less pleased today. The only dessenting voices are from bitter Bruins or Oiler fans, and that in and of itself should provide enough reason to love the deal and this player.

  • Fat Tony

    When the trade first happened all I heard was that Hamilton had been traded and all I was thinking was, damn the flames missed out on an opportunity there. Then I heard it was in fact the flames that acquired him and I almost threw up.

    Loved it then, love it now