Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter II: 525-521

Bruce Bennett

Chapter II of our 146 part series sees us review the careers of two left wingers, two right wingers, and a center.

525. Steve Dubinsky

Dubinsky was a 6', 190 lb. center from Montreal, Quebec. Born on July 9th, 1970, he played college hockey with the Clarkson University Golden Knights, appearing in 142 contests over four collegiate seasons, scoring 59 goals and 93 assists. After his freshman season in 1989-90, he was selected in the 11th round of the NHL Amateur Draft, 226th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.

After graduating with the Class of 1993, Dubinsky split the next four seasons between the IHL's Indianapolis Ice (209 games, 71 goals, 84 assists) and the Blackhawks (91 games, four goals, nine assists). He made Chicago full time for the 1997-98 season, appearing in all 82 contests and scoring five goals with 13 assists.

Dubinsky appeared in one game for the Blackhawks in 1998-99, getting traded to the Calgary Flames with Jeff Shantz for Eric LaCroix, Marty McInnis, and Jamie Allison on October 27th. He played in 61 games for Calgary that season, scoring four goals with 10 assists, a plus-7 rating and 14 penalty minutes. On November 3rd, he scored his first Flames goal in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. On April 7th, he collected assists on each of Calgary's goals in a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Dubinsky had one assist and a minus-12 rating in 23 contests for the 1999-00 Flames before he got injured against the Blackhawks on December 12th. He missed the rest of the season, ultimately signing on with Chicago for the second time during the 2000 offseason.

Dubinsky scored seven goals and four assists over 63 games for Chicago, later playing with the Nashville Predators (26 games, five goals, two assists) and the St. Louis Blues (28 games, six assists). He currently works with Fan-tastic Sports out of Lakeville, Minnesota.

All-Time Statline: 84 games, four goals, 11 assists, 18 penalty minutes, -0.88 point shares.

524. Mike Peluso

Peluso, born on November 8th, 1965, was a 6'4", 200 lb. defenseman from Hibbing, Minnesota. He was drafted in the 10th round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, with the 190th overall pick, but elected instead to attend college. He played 130 games over four seasons with the University of Alaska at Anchorage, scoring 21 goals with 92 assists. After graduating with the Class of 1989, he signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Peluso played in 118 games for the Blackhawks (12 goals, four assists, 743 penalty minutes) over three seasons. Later, he played with the Ottawa Senators (81 games, 15 goals, 10 assists, 318 penalty minutes), the New Jersey Devils (192 games, nine goals, 35 assists, 619 penalty minutes, and the St. Louis Blues (44 games, two goals, three assists, 158 penalty minutes).

Click here to see Peluso nearly kill a Washington Capital.

The Flames plucked Peluso off the waiver wire prior to the 1997-98 season. He didn't score in 23 contests, accruing a minus-7 rating and 113 penalty minutes. He suffered a career ending spinal cord injury on December 22nd. He announced his retirement a week later.

All-Time Statline: 23 games, zero goals, zero assists, 113 penalty minutes, -0.85 point shares.

523. Tim Hunter

Hunter was a 6'2", 202 lb. right winger. Born on September 10th, 1960, he was drafted in the third round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the then-Atlanta Flames with the 54th overall pick. They picked him up after he scored eight goals and 41 assists with 300 penalty minutes in 70 contests with the WHL's Seattle Breakers. He scored 14 goals with 53 assists in 72 games the following season with the team, with 311 penalty minutes.

In 1980-81, Hunter split his season between the CHL's Birmingham Bulls (58 games) and the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs (17 games). He spent the balance of the 1981-82 season with the CHL's Oklahoma City Stars, playing in 55 contests and scoring four times with 12 helpers. He also made his NHL debut, playing in two games with Calgary and racking up nine penalty minutes. His average of four and a half penalty minutes per game would remain right around his career average.

1982-83 would see Hunter play in 46 games with the AHL Colorado Flames, scoring five goals and 12 assists with 225 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 16 games with Calgary. He scored his first NHL goal and collected 54 penalty minutes with a minus-2 rating. Later, he played in nine playoff contests, scoring another goal and spending 70 more minutes in the box. He made the Flames for keeps the following season, appearing 43 times and scoring four goals and four assists with 130 penalty minutes (Flames third). He played seven postseason games and earned 21 more penalty minutes.

In 1984-85, Hunter led the Flames in penalty minutes for the first of many times, with 259. He put up career highs with 11 goals, 22 points, and a plus-14 rating. He had 24 more penalty minutes in the playoffs in just four games, a three-games-to-one series loss to the Winnipeg Jets. He scored eight goals with seven assists in 66 games the following season, again leading the team in penalty minutes, with 291. The Flames won three playoff series as the Campbell Conference Champions, losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL Finals. Hunter played in 19 games, earning 108 penalty minutes and three assists.

1986-87 would see Hunter play in 73 games with a career high 15 assists and six goals with a team leading 361 penalty minutes. He earned another 51 penalty minutes in six postseason games. In 1987-88, he spent 337 minutes in the box over 68 games, scoring eight times with five assists. On November 21st, he scored two goals in a 4-4 tie with the  Pittsburgh Penguins. He had two assists on April 3rd, when the Flames defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 4-1. He also scored four of his five career postseason goals in just nine playoff games that season. It only took him 11 shots to do it.

In 1988-89, Hunter racked up a career high 375 penalty minutes with a plus-22 rating, three goals, and nine assists. On October 8th, he scored a goal with an assist in a 6-5 Calgary loss to the Los Angeles Kings. He repeated the trick on November 15th when the Flames beat the New York Islanders, 5-1. Later that season, Hunter earned four assists in 19 playoff games as the Flames earned their first (so far) Stanley Cup.

Hunter scored two goals with three assists in 67 games in 1989-90. He led the Flames for the sixth season in a row with 279 penalty minutes. Over the next two seasons, he scored six goals and five assists with 310 penalty minutes in 64 games. During the 1992 offseason, he was left unprotected in the NHL's Expansion Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The next day, they traded him to the Quebec Nordiques for future considerations.

Click here for a tribute to Hunter.

Hunter went on to play in 48 games (five goals, three assists, 94 PIM) for the Nordiques. He later played with the Vancouver Canucks (176 games, eight goals, 10 assists, 512 penalty minutes) and the San Jose Sharks (46 games, four assists, 135 penalty minutes. He went into coaching, with the Washington Capitals, the the Sharks, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He most recently coached with Washington through the 2012-13 season.

All-Time Statline: 549 games, 49 goals, 59 assists, 2,405 penalty minutes, -0.82 point shares.

522. Eric Godard

Godard was a 6'4", 227 pound left winger from Vernon, British Columbia. Born on March 7th, 1980, he was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers in the 1999 offseason after 73 games over two seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (two goals, five assists, 239 penalty minutes). He spent three seasons in Florida's minor league system before the Panthers traded him to the New York Islanders for a third round pick (Gregory Campbell).

Godard scored two goals and three assists with 260 penalty minutes in 107 games covering three seasons with the Isles. The Flames signed him as a free agent during the 2006 offseason. He scored five goals with four assists in 36 games with the AHL's Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in 2006-07, also playing 19 games for the Flames. On March 3rd, he scored his only Flames point of the season, an assist in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He earned 50 penalty minutes on the season, including 22 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Groundhog's Day, a 6-2 Calgary win.

In 2007-08, Godard played 74 games plugging away on Calgary's fourth line, averaging under six minutes a game. He ranked second on the team with 171 penalty minutes, and scored one goal with one assist. He signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the offseason, playing three seasons (135 games, three goals, seven assists, 352 penalty minutes). He retired from professional hockey during the 2012 lockout, on November 12th.

Like most of the guys profiled so far, Godard liked to fight.

All-Time Statline: 93 games, one goal, two assists, 221 penalty minutes, -0.73 point shares.

521. Nick Fotiu

Fotiu was a 6'2", 210 lb. left winger from Staten Island, New York. Born on May 25th, 1952, he played two season with the WHA's New England Whalers starting in 1974-75, playing in 110 contests and scoring five goals and four assists. During the 1976 offseason, he signed on with his hometown New York Rangers, and became the first Staten Islander to play in the NHL. Fotiu made a habit of tossing pucks into the cheap seats before the Rangers faced off on the ice.

Fotiu played 200 contests with the Rangers over the next three seasons, lighting the lamp nine times with 20 assists and racking up 469 penalty minutes as the team enforcer. He was left unprotected in the NHL's 1979 Expansion Draft, getting picked up by the Hartford Whalers and appearing in 116 games over the next season and a half, with 14 goals, 11 assists and 186 penalty minutes. The Rangers got him back for a draft choice on January 15th, 1981.

Fotiu played another four and a half seasons with the Rangers, playing in 255 games and collecting 501 minutes in the box to go along with 32 goals and 42 helpers. On March 11th, 1986, the Flames picked him up from the Rangers for "future considerations."

Fotiu played in nine games for the Flames in 1985-86. He failed to score on seven shots, had one assist, and spent 21 minutes in the penalty box. He played in 11 games for the Flames through the postseason, making one assist and getting another 34 penalty minutes. The following season, he scored five goals in 42 games (on only 31 shots for a stellar 16% goal scoring success rate). He also tabbed three assists and ranked fifth on Calgary with 145 penalty minutes. For comparism, Brian McGrattan led the team this past season with "only" 100 PIM.

Fotiu joined the Philadelphia Flyers the following season, playing in 23 games. He later played one game for the Edmonton Oilers before calling it a career. He currently spends his time running public relations for the Rangers.

All-Time Statline: 51 games, five goals, four assists, 166 penalty minutes, -0.61 point shares.

Thanks for reading part two of the countdown. Tune back in tomorrow as we review the careers of five more forwards, a left winger and four right wingers.

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