When did Calgarians become first NHL fans?
There are few places in the world where you can find a group of people who enjoy hockey as much as Calgarias.
There are also few places on earth where the sport is viewed as more seriously as the United States.
But when you start talking about the NHL, it becomes clear that Calgaras hockey fans are not only passionate but they are also knowledgeable.
And with that knowledge comes a love of the game.
Calgary has long been a hockey town.
It was here that the team first came to prominence in the late 70s and early 80s.
There have been many other teams that have played here over the years, and many of the older fans remember how many of them were Calgary Flames fans.
The team started in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) in the mid-90s.
It’s also where many Calgary Flames alumni play professional hockey.
Here are some of the most notable Calgarials who have been in the NHL for a while.1.
Cali Flames forward Mark Jankowski (1997-2000)Jankowski has been a part of the Flames organization since 1998.
He was drafted in the second round (No. 5 overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft and spent two seasons in the American Hockey League before returning to Calgary in 2000.
He had two goals and 10 points in 30 games with the Flames that season.
The following year he made the Flames roster and had a career-high 17 goals.
He then played for the Calgary Inferno of the ECHL in 2002-03, before moving to the Vancouver Canucks.
He has a career goal total of 16.
He also played for Team USA at the 2003 World Junior Championship and the 2006 World Championships, and was named the WJC MVP.2.
Calgary Flames forward Brett Hull (1996-2003) Hull was born in Calgary and grew up in the city.
He played for his hometown team, the Calgary Hitmen, during his time in the EHL.
Hull, who also played in the AHL for the Hitmen in 1999-2000, scored 33 goals and helped the Hitman to the EHC championship.
Hull spent the next four seasons in ECH Ligue 1 before signing with the St. Louis Blues.
He spent the 2011-12 season with the team.3.
Calgary Flames defenseman Matt Calvert (1993-1996)Calvert has spent his entire professional career in the league, including the past eight seasons with the Calgary Flames.
Calvert has scored 30 goals and has registered a career high 27 assists in his career.
He is currently ranked third in the League in career goals (166), fifth in career assists (130) and is second in career points (166).
Calvert played with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2009-10 season and also appeared with the Florida Panthers in 2011-13.4.
Calgarian goalie Brian Elliott (1992-1995)The Calgarian netminder started his NHL career with the New York Rangers in 1993-94 and went on to play for the Rangers, St. Pats and Columbus Blue Jackets.
He retired in 1996 after the 2002-2003 season.
He went on and played for two teams in the World Hockey Association, the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks.5.
Calgaria native and former NHL player and current Flames captain Mark Giordano (1997)Giordano played for seven teams over his 13-year career with nine different teams.
He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 1996 and helped lead the Flames to the playoffs the next three seasons.
He started for the Flames in 2001-02 and went to Edmonton and Vancouver before returning in 2003-04.
He made 32 appearances for the Canucks during the 2004-05 season, posting a career record of 3-5-1.6.
Calgary Blackhawks goalie Jake Allen (1998-2002)Allen has played in 13 NHL seasons, starting his career with San Jose.
He ended his career in 2003 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He appeared in the playoffs in 2005-06 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2008.
He also had a successful NHL career as an offensive defenceman for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs.7.
Calgary’s Brian Elliott(1993-1995), who was the No. 1 pick in the 1995 Entry Draft.
Elliott is the youngest goalie in the game to have played in both the AHL and NHL.
He turned pro at the age of 22 and went 13-8-0 with a 1.97 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in his final four seasons with Calgary.
He finished his career ranked sixth in career wins (1,917), ninth in career shutouts (133) and 10th in career saves (7,856).8.
Calgary Canucks forward Scott Gomez (1993) Gomez is the oldest player in the Calgary area and one of the oldest NHLers.
He entered the NHL in 1990 as a free agent and was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round (43rd overall