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MONAHAN MAKES FLAMES HISTORY

Last week, the 22-year-old became the youngest player in franchise history to hit 100 goals

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

How's this for company?

Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Alexander Ovechkin and Patrick Kane.

And Sean Monahan.

In netting NHL goal No. 100 in a 3-2 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the Flames centre joined an elite group as the sixth-youngest active player to reach 100 goals. 

Monahan did it at 22 years and 134 days. 

Not bad, right?

"I play with a lot of great players," Monahan said. "That's pretty obvious. I've been getting a lot of opportunities since my first day here in Calgary. When you play power play and play in big situations you have to put the puck in the net or you're not going to get that."

Video: CGY@TBL: Monahan nets his 100th career goal

Even better?

The goal came in front of his mother, Cathy.

"A nice little vacation here in Florida for my mom," he said.

"She doesn't really say much. Neither does my dad, actually. She gave me a hug and kind of smiled.

"Getting a text from my dad afterwards is pretty cool."

The story doesn't stop there.

With his goal a second period marker that was appropriately assisted by long-time linemate Johnny Gaudreau, Monahan set a new Flames franchise record.

As in, he's at the top. Monahan is the fastest Flame to hit the 100-goal mark.

He eclipsed Joe Nieuwendyk -- yes, the 'Forever A Flame' and Hockey Hall of Famer -- who held the previous record at 22 years, 185 days set in 1989.

"I think it's a great accomplishment," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I think there's some big names there. I think that's a great accomplishment for a young player."

Truth be told, Monahan could've shaved 20 days off his mark.

He went six games without a goal after netting No. 99 on Feb. 3 against the New Jersey Devils.

"I was a little nervous when you (media) started talking about it maybe a week ago," Gulutzan said Thursday. "I didn't know how many games in hand he could waste and still get the record.

"But I'm glad he got it."

And now a look at the week that was:

OVER THE BOARDS 

How about another milestone? With a helper against the Florida Panthers on Friday, Matthew Tkachuk joined Dan Quinn, Robert Reichel and Jarome Iginla as the fourth teenage rookie in Flames franchise history to record 40-plus points in a season, according to TSN. … If Brian Elliott is looking for a summer gig, perhaps he can run a basketball school for kids. He put on a free clinic when the Flames crossed passed with the Harlem Globetrotters on Wednesday in Tampa Bay. … Sam Bennett spent some time in the dentist's chair. He got clipped by Deryk Engelland's stick to the tune of 10 stitches and a root canal after Tuesday's win in Nashville. Fun. … With his burst this week, Dougie Hamilton is just two goals and four points shy of matching career-best numbers set over 82 games with the Flames last season. He's still got 21 games to go. … Welcome back to Calgary, Michael Stone. The former Arizona Coyote has three assists in four games since returning to the city, sort of, where he spent four seasons with the WHL's Hitmen… Is GM Brad Treliving done dealing before the deadline? … If you didn't catch Harnarayan Singh of Flames TV, Hockey Night in Canada and Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi in The Player's Tribune, feel free to do so now. We won't mind.

OVERTIME 

Singh's story emphasizes an ideal that the National Hockey League is continually building awareness: Hockey is for everyone. Singh himself, alongside co-host Rob Kerr of Sportsnet 960 The FAN, helped spread that message to new Canadians of every background to Scotiabank Saddledome to educate those interested in learning more about the game last Monday. "It's beautiful, and I think that's the beauty of this great country where we are full of people from different backgrounds and that's what makes Canada so unique," Singh said. "It doesn't matter if we have differences. Hockey brought hundreds of people together. Friendships were made; rapports were made amongst everybody." The National Hockey League and the Players' Association are focusing awareness to promote hockey's inclusivity. The campaign, focusing awareness on such areas as LGBTQ, ethnicity and gender equality, and socio-economic status and those with disabilities, is conducted in partnership with the You Can Play Project -- a non-profit committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports. "I think the NHL deserves credit for this 'Hockey Is For Everybody' program," Singh said. "This year they've really pushed it. You see so many different franchises doing so many different things to show that this game is for everybody and it isn't just for boys and for girls, not just for people of one background, it's for everybody."

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