Flames numbers firsts: #52, Brandon Bollig; #67, Michael Frolik; #79, Micheal Ferland

The Flames do not have a history of having high numbers. That changed last year, when they signed Michael Frolik in free agency. 

The problem? Frolik had only ever worn #67 through his entire career, just one number below Jaromir Jagr. To force him to switch to a new number just because some people don’t like numbers above 40 would have been, well, rude.

So Frolik got to stick with #67, and became the first Flame to wear it. Brandon Bollig switched back to his original #52, and became the first Flame to wear that number. And Micheal Ferland simply stuck with his original #79; he’d previously worn #27 with the Brandon Wheat Kings, but there was some seniority already present on the team in that case.

Bollig is the only one to have worn a different number with the Flames before: when he was traded for in the 2014 off-season, the Flames were still in their whole “no high numbers” phase, so he simply swapped his #52 into a #25. Aka Joe Nieuwendyk’s number. Because that was fitting.

The best among the firsts

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Well, clearly it’s Frolik, and it’s not even close. What’s probably the most eye opening thing here is that Ferland already has as many career points as Bollig, and he’s played 144 fewer games. It does kind of help highlight just what was the point, exactly, of acquiring such a player when they can be found pretty much anywhere – including in a team’s own already-existing system.

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 #49Hunter Shinkaruk