When the Flames traded Patrick Sieloff for Alex Chiasson, they were trading away someone unestablished – still with a training camp number of #50 – for a regular NHLer.
Chiasson will make his debut with the Flames as #39. It’ll be the third number he wears in his NHL career. He wore #12 with the Dallas Stars, which probably wasn’t going to work out here; his #90 with the Ottawa Senators has never been worn in Calgary, but apparently, a lower number was desired in this case.
So #39 makes its return to the Flames lineup.
#39 on the Flames
Chiasson will be the ninth player in Flames franchise history to wear #39:
- C Doug Gilmour
- C Brian Skrudland
- D Dan Keczmer
- D Eric Charron
- C Benoit Gratton
- LW Ryan Christie
- RW Carsen Germyn
- LW T.J. Galiardi
- RW Alex Chiasson
Two defencemen aside back in the 90s, the number has gone exclusively to forwards. The number has barely been in use this decade: Galiardi wore it during the 2013-14 season, and that’s been it until Chiasson, who’s only under contract for this one year at this point in time.
The best #39
The first is the best. The Flames are the only team Gilmour wore #39 with, as he ended up being #93 for the rest of his career. Absolutely nobody else comes even remotely close, and why would they?
As for recent performances, Chiasson already has a higher points per game than Galiardi and, if all goes well, he’ll pass his career totals this season; he’s just 23 back.
|#1 – Brian Elliott||#3 – Jyrki Jokipakka|
|#5 – Mark Giordano||#6 – Dennis Wideman|
|#7 – T.J. Brodie||#10 – Linden Vey|
|#11 – Mikael Backlund||#13 – Johnny Gaudreau|
|#15 – Ladislav Smid||#17 – Lance Bouma|
|#18 – Matt Stajan||#19 – Matthew Tkachuk|
|#23 – Sean Monahan||#25 – Freddie Hamilton|
|#26 – Tyler Wotherspoon||#27 – Dougie Hamilton|
|#28 – Emile Poirier||#29 – Deryk Engelland|
|#31 – Chad Johnson||#36 – Troy Brouwer|