Mike Vernon’s Jersey Retired Tonight


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The Calgary Flames will put Stanley Cup-winning goalie Mike Vernon in exclusive company Tonight.

Vernon’s jersey No. 30 will be raised to the rafters of the Pengrowth Saddledome prior to the Flames game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The only other number retired by the Flames is No. 9 — worn by beloved, one-time captain Lanny McDonald.

Vernon and his family will be on hand for the ceremony, along with several members of the Flames team that won the 1989 Stanley Cup, including Joe Nieuwendyk, Al MacInnis, Joel Otto and Joe Mullen.

Raised in Calgary, Vernon spent 21 years in the NHL after being drafted 56th overall by the Flames in 1981. He would play 526 regular-season games over two stints in a Flames jersey, posting a team-record 259 victories.

He also holds the franchise benchmark for playoff wins, with 43, and playoff games played by a goaltender, with 81.

Vernon’s finest Flames season was the 1988-89 campaign. That year, Vernon guided Calgary to a franchise-record 54 wins and its lone championship in franchise history.

“Vernie is the biggest reason we are wearing Stanley Cup rings,” McDonald, who scored the Flames’ Cup-clinching goal against the Montreal Canadiens, told Sun Media.

“Calgary can be proud of its hometown boy.”

Vernon was traded to Detroit in 1994, and was a key figure in the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup title in 1997, claiming the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

After stops in San Jose and Florida, Vernon ended his career with two seasons back in Calgary in 2002.

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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