Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter XI: 480-476

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Today's tribute to the pantheon of Flames past include Krys Kolanos, Greg Nemisz, Warren Peters, Mathias Johansson, and Bill Arnold.

480. Krys Kolanos

Kolanos is a 6'2", 200 lb. center from Calgary, Alberta. Born on July 27th, 1981, he played collegiate hockey with Boston College, scoring 16 goals and 16 assists for the Golden Eagles in 42 games in the 1999-00 season. The Phoenix Coyotes spent their first round pick on him after his freshman season, selecting him 19th overall. The following season would see him increase his output to 25 goals and 25 assists in 41 collegiate matchups.

Kolanos played his first professional game to open the 2001-02 season with the Coyotes. In 57 contests, he lit the lamp 11 times with 11 helpers, a plus-6 rating and 48 PiM. Over the next two and a half seasons with Phoenix, he added 52 NHL games, with six goals, seven assists, a minus-7 rating and 26 PiM.

Kolanos may best be known for what he did to Patrick Roy on a penalty shot.

Soon after the 2005-06 season started, the Edmonton Oilers snatched Kolanos off the waiver wire. He played six games for the Oilers, and was reclaimed by the Coyotes off waivers a month later. A month after that, he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, then to the Pittsburgh Penguins in March. Through it all, he only played in 15 NHL contests, splitting his time in the AHL between the San Antonio Rampage, the Lowell Lock Monster, and the Wilkes-Barre Penguins. The Detroit Red Wings signed him as a free agent soon after the season ended.

In 2007-08, Kolanos played 65 games with the Quad City Flames (30 goals, 33 assists, minus-16 rating, 84 PiM), resurfacing in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild the following season (21 games, three goals, three assists, plus-3 rating, 16 PiM).

On October 11th, 2011, Kolanos signed a PTO with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. He would later sign a contract with the team, and score 30 goals with 31 assists for them in only 47 games. He also earned a look at the NHL level with Calgary. On February 21st, he earned his only point while a member of the Flames, an assist in a 6-1 loss to Edmonton. He would play in a total of 13 games, taking 29 shots on goal and averaging just under 11 minutes per game. He earned two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. He scored 18 times with 22 assists the following season with the Heat in 53 games.

All-Time Statline: 13 games, zero goals, one assist, minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, -0.11 point shares.

479. Greg Nemisz

Nemisz, a native of Courtice, Ontario, was born on June 5th, 1990. A 6'3", 197 lb. center, he was selected by the Flames in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 25th overall pick.

Nemisz earned his chops with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires, playing four seasons with the junior club beginning in 2006-07. Over 246 games, he totaled 115 goals and 133 assists with a plus-80 rating.

2010-11 would see Nemisz play in 68 contests for the Abbotsford Heat, tallying 14 goals with 19 helpers. He earned his first call up to the NHL in late March. He earned his first career point in his final appearance of the season, an assist in a 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. He totaled six games for the Flames, averaging just over five minutes per contest and finishing the year with a minus-1 rating and five fruitless shots on goal.

In 2011-12, Nemisz scored 13 times with 16 assists in 51 games, with a plus-5 rating for Abbotsford. He was also called up to Calgary on two occasions. In nine contests, he went scoreless, going plus-1 with two shots on goal in around nine minutes per game. He spent the next season back with the Heat, lighting the lamp three times with seven assists in 55 games. The Flames traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes on December 30th, 2013 for Kevin Westgarth.

All-Time Statline: 15 games, zero goals, one assist, even rating, zero penalty minutes, -0.11 point shares.

478. Warren Peters

Born July 10th, 1982, Peters grew into a 6', 195 lb. center. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he began skating in Juniors at the age of 15 with the Saskatoon Blades. He would play in a total of six seasons with the club (330 games, 111 goals, 107 assists, minus-38 rating, 542 PiM).

in 2003-04, Peters split his season between the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads (21 games, six goals, seven assists) and the AHL's Utah Grizzlies (55 games, four goals, four assists).

The next four seasons would see Peters continue play with the Steelheads (69 games, 23 goals, 23 assists), the AHL's Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (156 games, 32 goals, 26 assists) and the Quad City Flames (75 games, 11 goals, 13 assists).

2008-09 would see Peters spend 62 games with Quad City (11 goals, six assists). He was called up for one game with Calgary in December, and later joined the team for several appearances late in the season. He scored his first career NHL goal on March 3rd in a 6-3 Flames victory over the Ottawa Senators. He totaled 16 games at just over seven minutes per appearance, taking 13 shots on goal and winding up with 12 penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating. He was a plus-2 in four playoff games, in a four-games-to-two series loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Peters has since bounced between the AHL and the NHL, most notably as a member of the Dallas Stars (11 games, one goal, plus-1 rating) and the Minnesota Wild (69 games, two goals, four assists, minus-17 rating, 58 PiM). He spent last season with the Iowa Wild (69 games, eight goals, 12 assists).

All-Time Statline: 16 games, one goal, zero assists, minus-2 rating, 12 penalty minutes, -0.11 point shares.

477. Mathias Johansson

Johansson is a 6'2", 185 lb. center from Oskarshamn, Sweden. Born on February 22nd, 1974, he played in all or part of 17 seasons with Farjestads BK Karlstad in Sweden, playing in 663 contests and racking up 129 goals and 196 assists with 429 penalty minutes between 1990 and 2008.

Calgary selected Johansson in the third round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, when he was still just 18 years old. He would elect to stay in Sweden for most of his career. In 2002-03, he joined the Flames out of training camp. He played 46 games with Calgary, scoring four times with five assists, a minus-15 rating, and 12 PiM. He scored his first goal on November 4th in a 4-2 win against the New York Islanders, and his second goal the very next night, in a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. On December 9th, he figured in each of Calgary's goals in a 2-1 Flames win over the Vancouver Canucks. On March 11th, he was traded with Micki DuPont to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Shean Donovan. He scored a goal with five assists in a dozen games for the Pens.

Johansson rejoined his team in Sweden the following season.

All-Time Statline: 46 games, four goals, five assists, minus-15 rating, 12 penalty minutes, -0.11 point shares.

476. Bill Arnold

Arnold, born on May 13th, 1992, is from Needham, Massachusetts. He was a 6', 218 center for the Boston College Eagles when selected by the Flames in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 110th overall.

Arnold played four seasons for the Eagles, totaling 58 goals with 86 assists in 159 games. After graduating with the Class of 2014, he joined the Flames for one contest. He skated 16 shifts with Calgary on April 13th as the Flames went down, 5-1 to the Canucks in the last game of the season. He finished with a minus-1 rating and no shots on goal. He's currently signed through next season on a two-way, entry level contract.

All-Time Statline: One game, zero goals, zero assists, minus-1 rating, zero penalty minutes, -0.10 point shares.

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