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Flames to honor Al MacInnis

Feb 15, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

Al MacInnis Getty Images

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.

  1. govtminion - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Holy crap, he looks like he’s 12 years old in that picture.

    One of my favorite defenseman when I was growing up- I always knew him as a Blue, and that shot of his scared the hell out of me every time he set it up when I’d watch Blues/Avs games in Denver- I didn’t want to watch Patrick Roy’s head come off his shoulders, but I was convinced it was going to happen. Scary player- and one of the all-time greats.

  2. spezzabangsmilfs - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Best thing that ever came out of Port Hood
    Make that Cape Breton
    Nah, Make that Nova Scotia

  3. dgs2012 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Unreal. I always forget he played longer in Calgary than he did in St. Louis … Why do you think he still has ties to the Blues organization and not Calgary?

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