A history of Flames numbers: #93, Sam Bennett

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

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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.

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
#52Brandon Bollig #67Michael Frolik
#79Micheal Ferland
  • freethe flames

    Here’s hoping that Sam Bennett has as long and successful career as his hero and as Cammi the other Flame to wear that number. I am very interested to see who he plays with this year as he becomes a full time center iceman. Most of us have high expectations of young Sam but he will have some struggles along the way just as all young players do. I expect lots of sheltered zone starts at the beginning of the season but I expect him to develop into a player who will not need to be sheltered as the season goes on. He is too much compete in him to be happy with that situation.

  • Thunder1

    @ari

    “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.”

    Do you mean wrong in the same way two #23’s in Eric Nystrom and Sean Monahan compare out?

  • smatic10

    Let us all take a moment to really appreciate the fact that we have this kid on our team. Physical, good skater, sweet hands, underrated shot, good in tight around the net. He’s just getting started too, who knows how great he can be.

    • OKG

      Let’s start with his defensive zone play. He’s got lightning quick acceleration and willingness to get physical to pressure the puck, and incredible anticipation to get the puck back right onto his stick Once he has the puck he has the “defenseman sense” to find the best option for a breakout, whether that’s a pass to a winger or carrying the puck out himself. He also plays angles really well for giving his defensemen an exit angle.

      Once in the neutral zone, he has the puck skills and vision to weave through with ease. If he’s playing off the puck, he can bully the opponent until they cough up. But if he’s on the puck, he’s almost a guaranteed entry into the offensive zone.

      In the offensive zone, he can hit you so many different ways. He can come in on the rush and find the open rush-jumper with his high-end vision, or he can play keep away with those brilliant hands until he gets himself over on that incredible backhand of his, which is almost unguardable. Or he can play the dump and chase game with the best of them, either with his great forechecking or his elite sense to read the cycle and go to the open area. Once he’s got the puck on the cycle, his edgework and tenacity let him escape pressure with the best of them, his elite first step and top-notch hands letting him crash the net hard, his excellent vision letting him set up a high quality scoring chance in full motion, off the forehand or backhand. Then he goes straight to the net to bang in the rebound.

      What we have on our hands is not an ordinary talent. We have a star in the making. Better linemates, and some polishing, and teams will be talking about “Sam Bennett and the Flames.”