Feb 15, 2012, 11:59 AM EST
While Al MacInnis has his number retired in St. Louis, he’s about to be honored by the team where his storied career began.
The Calgary Flames will be honoring MacInnis as part of their “Forever A Flame” program, the first former Flame to receive the honor.
Unlike most teams that retire a player’s number, the Flames will take a page out of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ book and honor the player while allowing current players to wear the former stars numbers. Of course, Calgary has already retired Lanny McDonald’s No. 9 and Mike Vernon’s No. 30 so there’s that.
MacInnis was a 1981 first-round pick by the Flames and later helped lead Calgary to its first and only Stanley Cup championship in 1989. Renowned for his booming slap shot, MacInnis’ work on the blue line was legendary for 13 seasons with the Flames before moving on to St. Louis for another 10. MacInnis finished his career with over 1,200 points and 340 goals.
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