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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter LI: 280-276

Chapter 51 features right wingers Ronald Petrovicky and Dave Hindmarch, centers Daniel Tkaczuk and Roman Horak, and left winger Pavel Torgayev,


280. Dave Hindmarch

Hindmarch, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was a 6’, 180 lb. forward. Born on October 15th, 1958, he played three seasons of collegiate hockey with the University of Alberta, scoring 57 goals and 61 assists in 84 games. This includes 62 points in 41 games through his final season, in 1978-79. The Atlanta Flames drafted him in the seventh round of the 1978 NHL Entry Draft with the 114th pick off the board.

After a season with Team Canada, Hindmarch joined the Rochester Americans for 18 games in 1980-81, and scored six times with two helpers. He appeared in a single game for the Flames, by now in Calgary, through the regular season, scoring a goal on his first and only shot of the season. He would appear in six more games for Calgary in the postseason, but did not impact the scoresheet other than to earn a two minute minor penalty.

In 1981-82, Hindmarch spent most of the season at the CHL level with the Oklahoma City Stars, lighting the lamp 27 times with 21 assists in 63 contests. In nine appearances with Calgary, he scored three goals on nine shots with a minus-4 rating.

Hindmarch earned career highs in every category in 1982-83, playing in 60 games for Calgary. He scored 11 times on 86 shots with 12 assists, a minus-8 rating, and 23 penalty minutes. He appeared in the postseason lineup four times, again not impacting the scoresheet other than to spend four minutes in the sin bin.

1983-84 would mark Hindmarch’s last appearance at any organized level of the game. He appeared in 29 games for the Flames, and scored six more goals on 49 shots. He added five assists and a minus-2 rating, earning just one minor penalty on the season. He is currently a teacher in the public school system in British Columbia.

All-Time Statline: 99 games, 21 goals, 17 assists, minus-14 rating, 25 penalty minutes, 1.15 point shares.

279. Pavel Torgayev

Torgayev was an 11th round pick in the 1994 Entry Draft by Calgary, 279th overall. The 6’1", 187 lb. left winger, born on January 25th, 1966, was a native of Gorky, USSR. He played eight seasons with Gorky Torpedo in Russia starting in 1982-83, scoring 72 times with 36 assists in 291 games. He followed that with three seasons with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo (78 games, 22 goals, seven assists), one with TPS Turku (47 games, 19 goals, 11 assists) and one with JyP HT Jyvaskyla (50 games, 13 goals, 18 assists).

Torgayev skipped the pond for the 1995-96 season. He appeared in 16 games with the Saint John Flames, scoring 11 times with six assists and 18 penalty minutes. He scored six times on 50 shots for Calgary, with 10 assists, a plus-2 rating and 14 penalty minutes. He earned an assist in his first game, a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on October 25th. On November 9th, he scored his first NHL goal, as the Flames lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1. He assisted on both of Calgary’s goals on November 18th, as the team lost to the Avalanche, 5-2. On February 15th, he again scored two points, with a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders. He would have little effect in his only playoff appearance, a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on April 17th. The Flames would be swept in four contests.

For the next three seasons, Torgayev played his hockey in Switzerland, between Lugano (34 games, 18 goals, 21 assists), Davos (38 games, 20 goals, 27 assists), and Fribourg-Gotteron (26 games, 15 goals, 11 assists). He decided to rejoin the Flames for the 1999-00 season.

Torgayev played in nine games for the Flames in October and November of 1999, failing to light the lamp on 18 shots and totaling two assists, four penalty minutes, and an even rating. On November 26th, the Flames let him go, where the Tampa Bay Lightning picked him up on waivers. He tallied a pair of assists in five contests for the Bolts. They suspended him after he refused reassignment to the team’s IHL affiliate, the Detroit Vipers, and released him two weeks afterward. He closed out the season in the IHL anyway with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (36 games, eight goals, nine assists).

Torgayev played competitive hockey for five more seasons, all in Russia. He played with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo (80 games, 10 goals, 16 assists) and Cherepovets Severstal (144 games, 19 goals, 33 assists).

All-Time Statline: 50 games, six goals, 12 assists, plus-2 rating, 18 penalty minutes, 1.17 point shares.

278. Roman Horak

Horak the 127th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, in the fifth round by the New York Rangers, is a 6', 175 lb. center. He was born on May 21st, 1991 in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

After his selection, Horak played two seasons of North American Junior Hockey in the WHL, with the Chilliwack Bruins (130 games, 47 goals, 78 assists). As an NHL rookie in 2011-12 with the Flames, he scored three goals on 52 shots with eight assists, a plus-3 rating, and 14 penalty minutes. He averaged 10:12 on the ice over 61 contests. He earned an assist in his first contest, a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had a goal and an assist in consecutive games on October 26th and 28th, as the Flames defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2 and the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, respectively. He also scored two goals and two assists in 14 games for the Abbotsford Heat.

In 2012-13, Horak played in 59 games at the AHL level, with the Heat (16 goals, 14 assists). He played with Calgary sporadically, appearing just 20 times between January and April. On April 8th, he earned two assists in a 3-1 win over Colorado. He would total a pair of goals on 28 shots with five assists over the season in 14:32 per game, earning a minus-5 rating and two penalty minutes.

2013-14 would see Horak play in one game for the Flames, skating for four minutes in a loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-2 on October 22nd. He added two goals and five assists for the Heat over 13 games. On November 8th, the Flames traded him to the Edmonton Oilers with Laurent Brossoit for Olivier Roy and Ladislav Smid. He scored a goal in two games for the Oilers, playing 53 games with the Oklahoma City Barons (21 goals, 27 assists). He is signed to play next season in the KHL with Vityaz Podolsk.

All-Time Statline: 82 games, five goals, 13 assists, minus-2 rating, 16 penalty minutes, 1.18 point shares.

277. Ronald Petrovicky

Petrovicky, a Czech native from the city of Zilina, was born on February 15th, 1977. The 5’11", 190 lb. right winger was selected by the Flames in the ninth round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 228th overall. His selection came after he had played two of his four seasons in the WHL between the Tri-City Americans (39 games, four goals, 11 assists, 86 PiM), the Prince George Cougars (132 games, 55 goals, 64 assists, 217 PiM), and the Regina Pats (71 games, 64 goals, 49 assists, 168 PiM).

Petrovicky started out his professional career with two seasons in Saint John, with the AHL’s version of the Flames (now in Adirondack). He scored 35 times in 145 contests, adding 54 assists and 245 penalty minutes.

In 2000-01, Petrovicky joined Calgary, and appeared in a total of 30 games. His first NHL point was a goal, scored on February 26th in his 10th career game, a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars. He earned the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on March 24th, with a goal, an assist, and a fight in a 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the first game of an eventual three game point streak, in which he also earned two assists. In total, he scored four times on 30 shots while playing 11:33 per game. He chipped in with five assists, posted an even rating, and spent 54 minutes in the penalty box.

2001-02 would see Petrovicky score five goals on 78 shots, with seven assists in 11:42 per game. He ranked seventh on the club with 85 penalty minutes, and again finished with an even rating. On November 3rd, he posted his first career two goal game as the Flames dropped the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2. The New York Rangers claimed him from the Flames in the 2002 Waiver Draft.

After his time with the Rangers (66 games, five goals, nine assists, 77 PiM), Petrovicky played with the Atlanta Thrashers (138 games, 24 goals, 27 assists, 185 PiM), Zilina HK-SKP (Slovakia, 34 games, 10 goals, nine assists, 34 PiM), Brynas IF Gavle (Sweden, 10 games, five assists, 27 PiM), the Pittsburgh Penguins (31 games, three goals, three assists), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (four games, four PiM), Trencin Dukla (Slovakia, two games, one assist, two PiM), MODO Hockey Ornskoldsik (Sweden, 18 games, one goal, one assist), Zug (Switzerland, 10 games, 35 PiM), Riga Dynamo (KHL, 30 games, two goals, three assists, 49 PiM), and the Springfield Falcons (six games, 19 PiM). After returning from the game, he went into boxing.

All-Time Statline: 107 games, nine goals, 12 assists, even rating, 139 penalty minutes, 1.23 point shares.

276. Daniel Tkaczuk

Tkaczuk, a 6’1", 189 lb. center, first gained attention in 1995-96 with the OHL’s Barrie Colts, scoring 22 goals with 39 assists in 61 games. Over four seasons in Juniors, he racked up 145 goals and 189 assists in 238 games played. The Flames drafted him in the first round, sixth overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Born on June 10th, 1979, the Toronto, Ontario native joined the Saint John Flames in 1999-00, where he scored 25 times with 41 helpers in 80 AHL contests. In 50 games with them the following season, he scored 15 times with 21 assists.

2000-01 would also see Tkaczuk make his first and last appearance in the NHL with Calgary. He played 19 games, scoring 11 points. He had four goals on 34 shots with seven assists, a plus-1 rating and 14 penalty minutes. He had a goal and an assist on December 16th, in a 6-5, overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Four days later, he earned assists on both of Calgary’s markers as the team lost, 4-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes. After the season, the Flames traded him with Fred Brathwaite, Sergei Varlamov, and a ninth round pick (Grant Jacobsen) to the St. Louis Blues for Roman Turek and a fourth round pick (Yegor Shastin).

Tkaczuk later played with the Worcester IceCats (75 games, 10 goals, 27 assists), the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (69 games, nine goals, 18 assists), Lukko Rauma (Finland, 36 games, seven goals, 11 assists), Milan (Italy, 64 games, 36 goals, 64 assists), Ingolstadt ERC (Germany, 48 games, nine goals, 23 assists), the Duisburg Foxes (Germany, 81 games, 20 goals, 24 assists), the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL, 46 games, 11 goals, 34 assists), the Syracuse Crunch (AHL, three games), the Rochester Americans (seven games, two assists), the Hartford Wolf Pack (two games), and the Nottingham Panthers (England, six games, two goals, four assists).

All-Time Statline: 19 games, four goals, seven assists, plus-1 rating, 14 penalty minutes, 1.24 point shares.