A history of Flames numbers: #49, Hunter Shinkaruk

Is #49 going to stay Hunter Shinkaruk’s number? It just might; it should be fitting enough. He wore #9 in Medicine Hat, but that’s not exactly a number available here. He had #48 with the Vancouver Canucks, which, meh?

It just looks better for him to keep the number nine in some capacity, even if there has to be another number before it. And Shinkaruk really has the chance to make the number his own.

#49 on the Flames

Shinkaruk is the third player in Flames franchise history to wear #49:

  • C Matthew Lombardi
  • D Richie Regehr
  • C Hunter Shinkaruk

The number is still very new to the Flames. Lombardi wore it during the 2003-04 seasons before he upgraded to #18; little Regehr wore it during his 20 games with the Flames, and that was it; and as or right now, it’s Shinkaruk’s.

The best #49

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Obviously right now it’s Lombardi, with his 500+ NHL games and 250+ points (including a career high of 53 in the 2009-10 season). It’s be awesome to see Shinkaruk pass that, though – but there’s still a very long road ahead there.

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
#39Alex Chiasson