This coming May is the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Flames moving to Calgary. To commemorate this occasion, we’re counting down the Top 40 Calgary Flames in history.
Coming in at #31 is Jamie Macoun
It’s safe to say that most longtime Flames fans have a level of general awareness about Macoun. He was on the 1989 Stanley Cup team. He was part of the Doug Gilmour trade. He had a sweet mustache.
But while Macoun arguably wasn’t the biggest name on the ’89 Cup team – playing with Al MacInnis, Gary Suter and Brad McCrimmon will make you seem secondary – he was quietly one of the most effective players on the Flames for the better part of a decade.
Signed out of college in 1983, he jumped right into the Flames lineup and remained there until the early ’90s. The exception? A 17-month absence after a major car accident – at one point it was unclear if he would ever regain use of one of his arms (due to nerve damage) and even play hockey again. He returned and was a huge part of the Flames’ Cup run, providing an invaluable pairing alongside Ric Nattress.
Eventually the economics of the NHL caught up with the Flames and Macoun was part of the big sell-off, going to Toronto in a 10 player mega-deal widely considered the worst trade in franchise history. Macoun played another seven seasons, eventually winning a second Cup with Detroit before retiring.
He comes in at #31 for his productivity and superb two-way play. Just look at that plus/minus!
Arrival: Signed as a free agent (January 30, 1983)
Departure: Traded with Doug Gilmour, Kent Manderville, Ric Nattress and Rick Wamsley to Toronto for Gary Leeman, Michel Petit, Alex Godynyuk, Craig Berube and Jeff Reese (January 2, 1992)
Awards: 1989 Stanley Cup winner
Top 40 Calgary Flames: HM Martin Gelinas | #40 Brad Marsh | #39 Matt Stajan | #38 Jiri Hudler | #37 Dion Phaneuf | #36 Guy Chouinard | #35 Phil Housley | #34 Matthew Tkachuk | #33 Cory Stillman | #32 Curtis Glencross