Sam Bennett’s favourite player growing up was Doug Gilmour. Gilmour wore #93 for most of his career, so that’s the number Bennett went with.
Maybe #39 would have been fitting for Bennett, because that was Gilmour’s number in Calgary, the only team he won a Cup with. But Bennett’s an Ontario boy, and Gilmour wore #93 with the Leafs… and so, #93 sticks, especially since the Flames are open to higher numbers now.
He isn’t the first to wear #93, though. But it is the highest number any Flame has ever worn.
#93 on the Flames
Bennett is the second player in Flames franchise history to wear #93:
- C/W Mike Cammalleri
- C Sam Bennett
Just forwards – and forwards who can play both the wing and centre, at that. Cammalleri’s preferred number is #13, though. In his return to the Flames in 2011-12, Olli Jokinen already had that number. Cammalleri got it back when Jokinen departed the following year.
It’s probably going to stay Bennett’s from here on out, though.
The best #93
Obviously, right now it’s Cammalleri – but he has 14 years on Bennett. His NHL career started when Bennett was six years old. If it wasn’t Cammalleri, something would be very, very wrong.
Cammalleri is currently at .75 points per game; through one season, Bennett is at .48. He’s just getting started, though – and with a year of experience under his belt and a new coach ahead, we should start to see his own career start to take off.
Cammalleri is a good player, but Bennett hopefully has it in him to be better.
|#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|
|#39 – Alex Chiasson||#49 – Hunter Shinkaruk|
|#52 – Brandon Bollig||#67 – Michael Frolik|
|#79 – Micheal Ferland|