A history of Flames numbers: #39, Alex Chiasson

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

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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.

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 #29Deryk Engelland
#31Chad Johnson #36Troy Brouwer
  • freethe flames

    Here’s hoping that Sam Bennett can become what Gilmour was wearing number 39.

    Chiasson I hope will bring some depth to this line up; here’s hoping he has a bounce back year. IMO he could play on almost any line at a given time but if he could help the fourth line(how I hate that term) be better at driving possession and creating offence I would be happy. My hope is that we can create a forth line that can share the defensive responsibility with Back’s line and still generate some O. For this to happen we need an upgrade in the 4th spot at center; either Stajan has a bounce back year or he becomes the 13th/14th forward.