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NHL History: Al MacInnis sets club record for most points by a defenceman

On this day in 1987, @Calgary Flames legend, Al MacInnis, set a single-season franchise record for scoring by a defenceman with his 76th point of the year.

On April 5th, 1987, Al MacInnis registered an assist on the lone Calgary goal in a 3-1 loss against the @Winnipeg Jets, breaking Paul Reinhart’s club record from 1983 for most points in a single season by a defenceman. For MacInnis, he would go on to break his own record three more times with the high watermark coming in the 1990-91 campaign when he registered an incredible 103 points (26G, 75A) in 78 games, a franchise record that still stands today.

Most recently, current Flames captain, @Mark Giordano, came within a couple of points of MacInnis’ original record of 76 points when he amassed 74 points (17G, 57A) during the 2018-19 season, an incredible run for modern times which deservingly ended with a Norris Trophy win.

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MACINNIS’ 1986-87 SEASON

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 79 20 56 76 97 20 4 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 1416 340 934 1274 1501 177 39 121 160 255