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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - PATTERSON

Colin Patterson was one of the team's most important players during his time in Calgary

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16 - Joel Otto (C)

May 17 - Craig Conroy (C)

May 18 - Johnny Gaudreau (LW)

May 19 - Jim Peplinski (LW)

May 20 - Gary Roberts (LW)

May 21 - Alex Tanguay (LW)

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, it's Alex Tanguay, one of the best pure playmakers the Flames have ever had on their roster:

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - TANGUAY

Alex Tanguay was one of the best playmakers to don the Flaming C

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16 - Joel Otto (C)

May 17 - Craig Conroy (C)

May 18 - Johnny Gaudreau (LW)

May 19 - Jim Peplinski (LW)

May 20 - Gary Roberts (LW)

May 21-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, it's Alex Tanguay, one of the best pure playmakers the Flames have ever had on their roster:

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - ROBERTS

Gary Roberts embodied the perfect mix of skill and truculence

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16 - Joel Otto (C)

May 17 - Craig Conroy (C)

May 18 - Johnny Gaudreau (LW)

May 19 - Jim Peplinski (LW)

May 20-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, it's the one and only Gary Roberts, the player that embodied the perfect mix of skill and truculence

Although he had no inking at the time, the final fixture - Point No. 1,224 of a 22-season career punctuated by stubborn resilience - would fall on a visit to the Saddledome.

Nine days later, Gary Roberts announced his retirement.

A lovely symmetry, then, to be back in the old neighborhood, where he in essence grew up as a player, for the chance to say goodbye.

Even if outfitted in Tampa Bay Lightning garb.

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - PEPLINSKI

Long before he wore the 'C', Pepper was a leader in the locker-room who pushed everyone to be better

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16 - Joel Otto (C)

May 17 - Craig Conroy (C)

May 18 - Johnny Gaudreau (LW)

May 19-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, we look at the legendary Jim Peplinski

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - GAUDREAU

He's already one of the best players in team history ... and he's only 24 years old! Talk about the best is yet to come

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16 - Joel Otto (C)

May 17 - Craig Conroy (C)

May 18-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, we look at the team's current offensive phenom: Johnny Hockey

 

The raves began early on and continue, unabated.

"He's got that Wow! Factor," lauded former Flames captain Joe Nieuwendyk.

Echoed Hall-of-Famer Joe Mullen: "I wasn't the biggest guy, either. I certainly wasn't going to beat anybody up but my revenge was to make it hurt on the scoreboard.

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - CONROY

Infectiously personable and a fan favourite both on the ice and off it, the former pivot continues to help build team into a winner

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16 - Joel Otto (C)

May 17 - Craig Conroy (C)

May 18-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, one of the most popular players - and now assistant GMs - in team history: Craig Conroy.

The cheering started midway through the Canadian national anthem on Jan. 31, 2007 inside the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Two and a half hours on, it hadn't abated any.

"In my mind," confessed Craig Conroy, basking in the moment, "I pictured it just like this."

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - OTTO

He dominated at the faceoff dot, waged legendary battles with Mark Messier, and scored pivotal goal en route to Cup win

by GEORGE JOHNSON @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (C)

May 15 - Kent Nilsson (C)

May 16,17 - Centres

May 18-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, the under-rated Joel Otto, one of the best two-way players in franchise history.

 

In typically self-deprecating style, on the day he called it a day, Joel Otto couldn't for the life of him grasp why there'd be the slightest fuss.

"Guys like me ... we don't warrant retirement press conferences," he mused nearly two decades ago, back on Sept. 5, 1998. "Maybe somebody will be watching Hockey Night In Canada and say to his buddy: 'Gee, whatever happened to, you know, what's his name? ... Joel Otto?'

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - NILSSON

The Magic Man set a single-season points record which will likely never fall

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Jarome Iginla was more profilic, Doug Gilmour more decisive.

Theo Fleury was more defiant, Gary Roberts more complete and Al MacInnis more historic.

But Kent Nilsson …  he could, not a word of a lie, could take your breath away.

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - NIEUWENDYK

Joe Nieuwendyk had it all: size, strength, skill

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13 - Doug Gilmour (C)

May 14-17 - Centres

May 18-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, we cast the spotlight on Joe Nieuwendyk:

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ALL-TIME ALL-STARS - GILMOUR

Doug Gilmour epitomized the term difference-maker

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

They are the best of the best in Calgary Flames history.

Over 24 days we will profile our All-Time All-Stars (listed alphabetically at each position). Make sure to check back daily to see who's getting the nod.

May 8 - Theoren Fleury (RW)

May 9 - Jarome Iginla (RW)

May 10 - Hakan Loob (RW)

May 11 - Lanny McDonald (RW)

May 12 - Joey Mullen (RW)

May 13-17 - Centres

May 18-22 - Left-wingers

May 23-28 - Defencemen

May 29-31 - Goaltenders

Today, we highlight the man nicknamed Killer - Doug Gilmour:

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