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Two former Flames inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- On Monday evening, former Flames Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour will be honoured for their illustrious careers by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

It is fitting the pair will enter the Hall together as they were both part of the Flames Stanley Cup winning team in 1989.

Nieuwendyk was the Flames second-round pick, 27th overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. In the eight seasons he spent in Calgary, the pivot amassed 610 points (309 goals, 301 assists) in 568 games.

In his inaugural NHL season, Nieuwendyk found the back of the net 51 times and was awarded the Calder Trophy that year. In his last full season with the club, Nieuwendyk was named the King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner for exhibiting exemplary leadership qualities.

He was traded to the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19, 1995 for Stars prospect Jarome Iginla - a trade that paid great dividends for both organizations. Nieuwendyk won the Cup with the Stars in 1999 and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for his tremendous efforts.

During the 2001-02 season, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils and was able to win his third Stanley Cup during his tenure in the Garden State. He became one of just four players in NHL history to reach hockey's pinnacle with three different teams when he hoisted the Cup in 2003.

He went on to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers, ending his 20-season career with 564 goals and 1,126 points in 1,257 games.

The Whitby, ON native has also been incredibly successful on the international stage. He participated in the 1986 World Junior's, winning a silver medal with Team Canada. In 1990, he was named to the Canadian national team for the World Ice Hockey Championships. Nieuwendyk was named to Team Canada at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, winning the gold medal in the latter.

Nieuwendyk now acts as the general manager of the Dallas Stars. The Stars currently sit second in the Western Conference and third in the NHL with 22 points (11-5-0).

Gilmour was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. In his five seasons in St. Louis, he scored 149 goals and 354 points.

He was traded to Calgary prior to the start of the 1988-89 campaign and was a key player for the Flames during their Stanley Cup run. He scored the Cup-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens on May 25, 1989.

In total, Gilmour accrued 81 goals and 295 points while donning Flames silks. He was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs and spent the better part of six seasons with the team before being traded to the Devils. Gilmour also made stops in Chicago, Buffalo and Montreal before concluding his playing career in 2003.

The forward retired with 450 goals and 1414 points to his name. He is now the general manager of the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs.

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