Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter LXII: 225-221

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Today's tribute features defensemen Arnie Brown and Jim Kyte, left wingers Leon Rochefort and Sven Baertschi, and center Corey Millen.

225. Arnie Brown

Brown was born on January 28th, 1942 in Oshawa, Ontario. A 5'11", 185 lb. defenseman, he played three seasons of Juniors starting in 1959-60 with Toronto St. Michael in the OHA (95 games, nine goals, 16 assists) and the Toronto Marlboros (19 games, seven goals, 10 assists). He played two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs late int he 1961-62 season.

In 1962-63, Brown started his first of two seasons with the AHL’s Rochester Americans (121 games, eight goals, 50 assists, 264 PiM). Late in the following season, he played four NHL games with the Maple Leafs, earning six penalty minutes.

Brown was traded to the Rangers near the end of the 1963-64 season, and would play with them for most of the next seven seasons (460 games, 33 goals, 98 assists, 545 PiM). He would also make appearances with the Detroit Red Wings (104 games, four goals, 29 assists, 114 PiM), and the New York Islanders (48 games, four goals, eight assists, 27 PiM).

On February 13th, 1973, the Islanders traded Brown for Ernie Hicke and "future considerations" (Billy MacMillan). He scored one goal on 13 shots for Atlanta over 15 games to close the season, with a minus-10 rating and 17 penalty minutes. He earned a plus/minus rating of minus-57 between the two clubs.

In 1973-74, Brown appeared in 48 contests for the Flames, scoring two goals on 58 shots. He tacked on six assists, earned a rating of minus-14, and spent 29 minutes in the penalty box. He joined the WHA the following season, splitting the year between the Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (50 games, three goals, four assists, 27 PiM) and the Vancouver Blazers (10 games, one assist, 13 PiM).

All-Time Statline: 63 games, three goals, six assists, minus-24 rating, 46 penalty minutes, 2.48 point shares.

224. Jim Kyte

Kyte, a 6'5", 210 lb. defenseman, was born on March 21st, 1964. A Ontario native from the city of Ottawa, he was a first round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL Entry Draft of 1982, with the 12th overall selection. He is the only legally deaf player to ever appear in the NHL.

Kyte got his start with the Cornwall Royals in the OHL for two seasons starting in 1981-82, scoring 10 goals and 43 assists with 343 penalty minutes over 117 contests. He played with the Jets for seven seasons (399 games, 11 goals, 25 assists, 772 PiM), later playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins (57 games, three goals, one assist, 127 PiM).

On December 13th, 1990, Kyte was traded by the Penguins to the Flames for Jiri Hrdina. He played in 42 games for the Flames, scoring zero goals on 29 shots. He earned nine assists, a plus-10 rating, and a team fourth 153 penalty minutes.

In 1991-92, Kyte played in 21 games for the Flames and six for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, scoring one assist for each club. He took 13 shots on goal for the Flames, earned a plus-2 rating and 107 penalty minutes. The Flames, typical of a lot of teams of the era, were world class bruisers, with 11 players over 100 penalty minutes. Kyte ranked 10th. On September 10th, he signed with the Ottawa Senators through free agency.


Kyte played in four games for the Senators (one assist, four PiM), also playing with the New Haven Senators (63 games, six goals, 18 assists, 163 PiM), the Las Vegas Thunder (151 games, five goals, 22 assists, 441 PiM), the San Jose Sharks (75 games, three goals, 12 assists, 179 PiM), and the Kansas City Blades (76 games, three goals, eight assists, 259 PiM).

All-Time Statline: 63 games, zero goals, 10 assists, plus-12 rating, 260 penalty minutes, 2.49 point shares.

223. Corey Millen

Millen, a 5'7", 170 lb. center from Cloquet, Minnesota, was born on March 30th, 1964. He was a third round selection of the New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, 57th overall out of high school. He didn't turn pro right away, joining the University of Minnesota for four seasons of collegiate hockey (149 games, 119 goals, 122 assists), graduating with the Class of 1987. He also appeared with Team USA several times between 1984 and 1999, scoring 69 goals and 61 assists in 122 games.

Before making his way to Calgary, Millen played with the Rangers (19 games, four goals, five assists, 12 PiM), the Flint Spirits (11 games, four goals, five assists, two PiM), the Binghamton Rangers (55 games, 27 goals, 44 assists, 112 PiM), the Los Angeles Kings (88 games, 43 goals, 37 assists, 86 PiM), the New Jersey Devils (95 games, 22 goals, 33 assists, 60 PiM), the Dallas Stars (41 games, six goals, 19 assists, 36 PiM), and the Michigan K-Stars (11 games, eight goals, 11 assists, 14 PiM).

On December 19th, 1995, the Stars traded Millen to the Flames with Jarome Iginla for Joe Nieuwendyk. Millen played in 31 games for Calgary, scoring four goals on 48 shots with 10 assists, a plus-8 rating and 10 penalty minutes. He had four multi-point games on the season, including on January 2nd, when he scored a goal and an assist in a 10-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. On January 24th, he scored the game winner in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders.

1996-97 would see Millen play in 61 games for the Flames, scoring 11 goals (team seventh) on 82 shots. He earned 32 penalty minutes, a minus-19 rating, and dished out 15 assists (team eighth). On October 14th, he scored a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers. He did it again on October 22nd, as the Flames dropped the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1. On January 24th, he scored both goals for Calgary in a 2-2 tie with the Ottawa Senators. He wouldn’t play again in the NHL.

Following his NHL career, Millen played five seasons with the Cologne Sharks in Germany, scoring 116 goals and 140 assists with 530 penalty minutes in 232 games. He retired from playing after one last season, with Lugano in Switzerland (31 games, 10 goals, nine assists, 53 PiM). He is currently coaching the Minnesota Wilderness in the NAHL, where he went 37-14-9 in 2013-14.

All-Time Statline: 92 games, 15 goals, 25 assists, minus-11 rating, 42 penalty minutes, 2.51 point shares.

222. Leon Rochefort

Rochefort, a Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec native, was born on May 4th, 1939. A 6', 185 lb. left winger, he played 106 games with the OHA’s Guelph Biltmores starting in 1957-58, and scoring 33 goals with 37 assists. Following a 27 goal, 22 assist campaign with the Trois Rivieres Lions in the EPHL in 1959-60, he made a one game NHL debut with the New York Rangers the following season.

The rest of 1960-61 and all of the next season would see Rochefort play with the Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers in the EPHL (134 games, 53 goals, 45 assists). Before making his way to the Flames, he appeared with the Baltimore Clippers (50 games, 14 goals, 20 assists), 23 games back with the Rangers (five goals, four assists), the Montreal Canadiens (107 games, 17 goals, 24 assists), the Quebec Aces (201 games, 83 goals, 85 assists), the Philadelphia Flyers (139 games, 35 goals, 42 assists), the Los Angeles Kings (76 games, nine goals, 23 assists), and the Detroit Red Wings (84 games, 19 goals, 16 assists).

On November 28th, 1972, Rochefort was traded from the Red Wings to the Flames for Bill Hogaboam. His first season with Atlanta would see the then-33 year old play in 54 games for the Flames, and score nine goals on 130 shots. He ranked seventh on the team with 18 assists, posted a minus-4 rating and spent 10 minutes in the penalty box.

1973-74 would see Rochefort score 10 times on 107 shots-on-goal. He also dished out a dozen assists in 56 contests with a minus-12 rating and an angelic 13 penalty minutes. The sophomore team finished at 30-34-14, making the playoffs but losing to the Flyers in four straight.

Rochefort later played with the Vancouver Canucks (87 games, 18 goals, 14 assists) and the Tulsa Oilers (60 games, 25 goals, 40 assists). He retired after the 1975-76.

All-Time Statline: 110 games, 19 goals, 30 assists, minus-16 rating, 23 penalty minutes, 2.51 point shares.

221. Sven Baertschi

Baertschi is a 5'11", 187 lb. left winger from Langenthal, Switzerland born on October 5th, 1992. He got his start in Langenthal in the Swiss-B League, scoring six goals and five assists over 37 games in 2009-10.

In 2010-11, Baertschi joined the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks, and ranked second on the team with 85 points. He lit the lamp 34 times with 51 assists, a plus-23 rating, and 74 penalty minutes. He scored 10 goals and 17 assists in 21 playoff games as the Winterhawks fell just short of the League Championship, losing the Finals four-games-to-one to the Kootenay Ice. The Flames selected him in the first round of the NHL’s Entry Draft with the 13th overall pick.

2011-12 would see Baertschi spend most of another season with the Winterhawks, averaging two points per game and ranking second on the team with 94 points in 47 contests. He scored 33 goals with 61 assists, a plus-15 rating, and 36 penalty minutes. The team again got back to the League Championship, but lost the series, four-games-to-three to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Baertschi led Portland with 34 points, scoring 14 goals and 20 assists. In a five game callup to the Flames in March, he scored three times. After getting held scoreless in his first try, he scored a goal in each of his next three games, a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, a 3-2 triumph over the San Jose Sharks, and a 4-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes. He averaged 11:08 per game, with a plus-2 rating and four penalty minutes.

In 2012-13, Baertschi joined the Abbotsford Heat for most of the season, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists in 32 games. After totaling one assist over his first 13 games, he closed the campaign with a seven game point streak, scoring three goals and six assists over the span. The streak included a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on April 13th and two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on April 23rd. He scored three goals on 28 shots with seven assists, an even rating, and six penalty minutes in 13:24 per appearance.

Baertschi played in 41 games for the Heat in 2013-14, lighting the lamp 13 times with 16 helpers. He rejoined the Flames for 26 games through the season, averaging 14:07 per game. He scored twice on 30 shots with nine helpers and a minus-4 rating. He earned six penalty minutes. He is signed through the 2014-15 season.

All-Time Statline: 51 games, eight goals, 16 assists, minus-2 rating, 16 penalty minutes, 2.52 point shares.

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