A history of Flames numbers: #29, Deryk Engelland

Deryk Engelland only wore #5 when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hell, he wore that number with the Moose Jaw Warriors; he’s worn it for most of his career. When he got to the Flames, that number was, obviously, taken.

So… #29 it was, apparently. It was freshly available once he arrived in Calgary, and with the traditionally lower defenceman numbers pretty much all already taken, was as good a fit as any.

#29 on the Flames

Engelland is the 16th player in Flames franchise history to ever wear #29:

  • RW Greg Meredith
  • LW Mike Dwyer
  • G Tim Bernhardt
  • LW Jeff Brubaker
  • C Joel Otto
  • D Cale Hulse
  • C Erik Andersson
  • RW Wade Belak
  • G Mike Vernon
  • G Jamie McLennan
  • LW Craig MacDonald
  • LW Brandon Prust
  • D Brendan Mikkelson
  • RW Akim Aliu
  • G Reto Berra
  • D Deryk Engelland

This number has everything! Forwards! Defencemen! Goalies! This is one of the most versatile numbers we’re gonna get.

Engelland is just the third defenceman to wear #29 for the Flames; even more goalies (four) have taken it on. Although obviously, Vernon didn’t have it long enough to be known for it…

The best #29

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For all the diversity in this group, there really aren’t that many standouts. There’s Otto and… yeah, there’s Otto.

As for the goalies, this is more of a reflection of the growth of the position over the decades than it is an evaluation on each of the four goalies to wear this number (nobody is going to take Berra over Vernon). Vernon picked up #29 in his return to Calgary.

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 #27Dougie Hamilton
#28Emile Poirier