Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames will honour one of the greatest players in team history by retiring goaltender Mike Vernon's number 30.
Vernon spent 13 seasons of his 20 year NHL career in Calgary, highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989.
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The Flames will pay tribute to Mike Vernon by raising his number 30 jersey to the rafters of the Pengrowth Saddledome in a pre-game ceremony when the Flames host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, February 6, 2007.
"Mike Vernon's name is synonymous with the success of the Calgary Flames franchise in the late 80's and early 90's, and we are pleased to recognize Mike's outstanding NHL career and his contribution to the Flames organization by retiring his number 30 Flames jersey," stated Calgary Flames President, Ken King.
Born in Calgary on February 24th, 1963, Mike Vernon played his minor hockey growing up in his Alberta home. His name first surfaced as a professional prospect as a member of the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL before moving on in his junior career to join the WHL's Calgary Wranglers. He finished his junior days by winning the 1983 Memorial Cup as a member of the Portland Winter Hawks. Vernon was selected with the Calgary Flames second pick in the 3rd round (56th overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.
Widely recognized as one of the NHL's top goaltenders in his era, Vernon was selected to the NHL All-Star Team on five occasions and was named as a Second Team All-Star in 1989. Vernon won the William Jennings Award in 1995-96 as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, and captured the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1996-97 with Detroit while winning his second Stanley Cup.
Vernon's career spanned 20 years, 781 games, 138 playoff games with four different NHL teams (Calgary, Detroit, San Jose, Florida).
He is amongst the all time leaders in almost ever goaltending category. He ranks 16th overall in regular season games played (781), 10th in regular season wins (385), 5th in career playoff games (138) and 5th in minutes played during the playoffs (8,214) . Vernon has had five seasons with 30+ wins, and 10 seasons with 20+ wins. He is also tied with Ron Hextall for 4th in scoring by a goaltender in one season with 7 points (7a) in 1987-88.
Through the 26 year history of the franchise, the Flames have only bestowed this tremendous honor on one other player, Lanny McDonald. McDonald's number nine was hoisted to the rafters on March 17, 1990.
Lanny McDonald was a co-captain during of the 1989 Stanley Cup Championship team, and has fond memories of winning the cup with teammate Mike Vernon, "Vernie is the biggest reason we are all wearing Stanley Cup rings," said McDonald. "A good friend, a great teammate and a fierce competitor; Calgary can be proud of their hometown boy."