In the history of the Flames franchise, 606 players have tugged a red sweater over their heads and suited up for a regular season game. Of those, 22 played just a single game for either the Calgary or Atlanta Flames. We call them One Game Wonders.
But one player has suited up for the Flames and played zero regular season games. The lone Zero Game Wonder is Brennan Evans.
Originally from Camrose, Alberta, Evans played his junior hockey in the WHL with Kootenay and Seattle. Undrafted, the big-bodied defender signed with the Flames to fill out a minor league gig.
He spent his entire first pro season with the Lowell Lock Monsters, the Flames’ shared AHL affiliate with the Carolina Hurricanes, and really wasn’t more than a stay-at-home depth guy. He was called up to the NHL club’s taxi squad during the playoffs, practicing and staying ready just in case.
Quickly, the Flames lost Denis Gauthier and Toni Lydman to injury. Two games into the second round, the Flames lost Rhett Warrener, too. With the only other extra defender, Mike Commodore, already playing, the Flames pressed Evans into service. He played his only two NHL games in the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs in Games 3 and 4 against Detroit, playing 0:32 and 5:11 in each. Warrener returned for Game 5 and Evans was sent back to the press box.
That was all she wrote for Evans in the NHL. He spent the following season in Lowell, then made a series of other AHL stops: Binghamton, Worcester, Iowa, Toronto, Peoria, Grand Rapids and Texas. All-told, he played in 870 AHL regular season games. He only put up 131 points, but he was a reliable hand who could play steady minutes.
With his big league hopes likely behind him, Evans kept playing for the fun of it. He spent three seasons with the senior league Lacombe Generals before retiring in 2019.
Evans has played more playoff games (two) than a good chunk of players in Flames franchise history. But he never, ever played a regular season NHL game.