A little history will be made on Saturday night for the Calgary Flames. Forward Glenn Gawdin will make his National Hockey League debut against the Edmonton Oilers.
Glenn Gawdin takes the solo lap ahead of warmup.
He’ll make his NHL debut tonight in Edmonton. #Flames
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) February 21, 2021
Gawdin, 23, was originally a fourth round pick by the St. Louis Blues back in 2015. The Blues opted not to sign Gawdin, who was subsequently signed by the Flames as a free agent and went on a monster 2017-18 season that saw him finish second in WHL scoring and named the league’s playoff MVP. He’s in his third pro season and has been a fixture with the AHL’s Stockton Heat in his first two pro seasons, emerging as the team’s best young two-way forward.
Gawdin is the second Flame to make his NHL debut in 2020-21, following Connor Mackey. He’s the 10th player to make his Flames debut, following Mackey, Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Nikita Nesterov, Josh Leivo, Byron Froese, Brett Ritchie, Dominik Simon and Joakim Nordstrom. (Louis Domingue dressed as back-up for the season-opener, but didn’t officially debut.)
He’ll wear #42, becoming the seventh player to wear it for the Flames – following Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Makarov, Guy Larose, Ed Ward, Micki DuPont, Brett Sutter and Mark Cundari.