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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter LXIX: 192-189

Tonight's article features center Jason Wiemer, goaltender Reto Berra, and right wingers Mark Hunter and Owen Nolan.

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192. Jason Wiemer

Wiemer was born on April 14th, 1976 in Kimberley, British Columbia. A 6’1", 215 lb. center, he got his start in the WHL with the Portland Winter Hawks. Between the end of the 1991-92 season and midway through the 1994-95 campaign, he appeared in 158 games, scoring 73 goals with 100 assists.

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Wiemer in the first round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft with the eighth overall selection. He played four seasons with the Bolts, scoring 27 goals, with 27 assists in 232 contests, with 391 penalty minutes. On March 24th, 1998, the Lightning traded him to the Flames for Sandy McCarthy and two draft choices (Brad Richards and Curtis Rich).

Wiemer closed the 1997-98 season appearing in 12 games for Calgary, scoring four goals on 16 shots with an assist, a minus-1 rating, and 28 penalty minutes. He lit the lamp in each of his first two matches, a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on March 26th and a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on the 28th.

In 1998-99, Wiemer ranked fourth on the Flames with 78 games played, scoring eight goals on 128 shots. In 13:17 per game, he also assisted on 13 goals, with a minus-12 rating and a team high 177 penalty minutes. He scored a goal and an assist in the season opener, a 3-3 tie with the San Jose Sharks. On November 16th, he assisted on two goals in a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

1999-00 would see Wiemer score a career high 11 goals on 104 shots in 64 games. He also dished out 11 helpers, posted a minus-10 rating, and ranked second on the club with 120 penalty minutes. On February 3rd, he had a goal and an assist in a 5-5 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks. On February 16th, he scored a pair of goals in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

For the second time in three seasons, Wiemer led the Flames in penalty minutes, with 177 in 2000-01. He played 13:56 per game, making 65 appearances. He scored 10 goals on 76 shots with five assists and a minus-15 rating. On October 20th, he scored the game winner in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Calgary traded him to the Florida Panthers with Valeri Bure for Rob Neidermayer and a draft pick (Andrei Medvedev).

Wiemer played with the Panthers for 70 games, scoring 11 goals with 20 assists and 178 penalty minutes. He later appeared with the New York Islanders (94 games, 10 goals, 22 assists, 140 PiM) and the Minnesota Wild (62 games, seven goals, 11 assists, 106 PiM). He resigned with the Flames for the 2005-06 season.

Wiemer’s return trip lasted 33 games. He played 8:56 per game and scored one goal on 24 shots with two assists, a minus-3 rating and 65 penalty minutes. The Flames traded him to the New Jersey Devils for a draft pick (Hugo Carpentier) on March 9th. He played in 16 games with New Jersey, totaling one goal and 38 penalty minutes.

All-Time Statline: 252 games, 34 goals, 32 assists, minus-17 rating, 567 penalty minutes, 3.28 point shares.

191. Reto Berra

Berra is a 6’4", 200 lb. goaltender from Bulach, Switzerland. Born on January 3rd, 1987, he played three seasons with the GCK Lions in the Swiss B-League before getting drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues with the 106th overall pick.

Berra played six more games with the B-League Lions in 2006-07, also playing twice with the "A" team. Starting the next season, he played six years in the Swiss "A" League, between the SCL Tigers (1-1-0), HC Davos (3-4-0), and EHC Biel (80-95-0). He made his way across the pond for the first time during the 2013 offseason.

2013-14 would open with Berra in Abbotsford with the Heat, where he went 4-3-1 with a .908 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average. He joined the Flames on November 3rd, posting a victory in his first appearance by stopping 42 shots in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite a 2-2 record against the Edmonton Oilers, he owned the club, stopping 91-of-97 shots in four games. All told, he posted a 9-17-2 record with Calgary, stopping 89.7% of shots faced and allowing 2.95 goals per 60 minutes on the ice. On March 5th, the Flames traded him to the Colorado Avalanche for a draft pick (Hunter Smith).

Berra went 0-1-1, .781, 5.83 in two games with the Av’s. He is signed with the team for the next three seasons at a $1,450,000 per year pricetag.

All-Time Statline: 29 games, 9-17-2, 788 shots faced, 707 saves, .897 save percentage, 2.95 goals against average, 3.29 point shares.

190. Mark Hunter

Hunter, born November 12th, 1962, was a 6’, 200 lb. right winger from Petrolia, Ontario. He racked up 168 points (73 goals, 95 assists) in 119 games for the OHA/OHL Brantford Alexanders starting in 1979-80, culminating in a first round selection in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, seventh overall by the Montreal Canadiens.

Hunter joined the Canadiens in 1981-82 season without having made a minor league start. He played four seasons with the Habs, scoring 53 goals with 35 assists and 381 penalty minutes in 196 contests. He followed that with three seasons with the St. Louis Blues (218 games, 112 goals, 94 assists, 474 PiM).

During the 1988 offseason, the Blues traded Hunter with Doug Gilmour, Steve Bozek and Michael Dark to the Flames for Mike Bullard, Craig Coxe, and Tim Corkery. He earned multiple points on eight occasions through the season. On January 19th, he lit the lamp four times in a 7-2 win against the Boston Bruins. On March 7th, he earned another hat trick in a 9-5 win against the Winnipeg Jets. He repeated the accomplishment 11 days later, scoring three more goals in a 9-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. He ranked sixth on the club with 22 goals through the season on 116 shots over 66 games. He added eight assists, a team fifth 194 penalty minutes, and a plus-4 rating.

1989-90 would see Hunter miss most of the season while recovering from knee surgery. He played in a total of 10 games for the Flames and scored twice on 15 shots with three assists, an even rating, and 39 penalty minutes. He scored two goals on November 8th, in a 5-4 win against the Kings.

1990-91 would see Hunter total six multipoint games for the Flames out of his 57 appearances with the club. He scored 10 times on 90 shots, with 15 helpers, a team-eighth 125 penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating. On March 5th, the Flames traded him to the Hartford Whalers for Carey Wilson.

Hunter would play in 74 games for the Whalers (14 goals, 16 assists, 199 PiM), later making a short appearance with the Washington Capitals (seven games, 14 PiM). After his retirement, he went on to coach with the Sarnia Sting for most of six seasons.

All-Time Statline: 133 games, 34 goals, 26 assists, plus-3 rating, 358 penalty minutes, 3.31 point shares.

189. Owen Nolan

Owen Nolan, a native of Belfast, Ireland, was a 6’1", 205 lb. right winger. The eventual five-time all-star and two-time Gold Medalist was born on February 12th, 1972. He was chosen with the first overall pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, by the Quebec Nordiques.

Before his selection, Nolan was a standout for two seasons in the OHL with the Cornwall Royals, where he scored 85 goals with 85 assists in 120 games. He added 28 points in 24 playoff matches. In 1990-91, he scored four goals and four assists in the AHL with the Halifax Citadels, his only minor league time to date.

Nolan played 268 games for the Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, scoring 117 times and adding 107 assists with 540 penalty minutes. Later, he appeared for eight seasons with the San Jose Sharks (568 games, 206 goals, 245 assists, 934 PiM), two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (79 games, 26 goals, 34 assists, 126 PiM), and one with the Phoenix Coyotes (76 games, 16 goals, 17 assists, 40 PiM).

Prior to the 2007-08 season, Nolan signed on as a free agent with Calgary for one year and $2 million. He didn’t score a goal until his 16th game, in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on November 8th. On November 17th, he scored a goal with an assist in a win over the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1. He had seven multi-point games on the season, including a hat trick on January 30th in a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks. He totaled three goals and two assists in the Flames seven games playoff series loss to the Sharks following the season.

Moving on during the 2008 offseason, Nolan signed with the Minnesota Wild through free agency. He played two seasons for the club, scoring 41 markers with 37 assists in 132 games. He played 2010-11 with Zurich in Switzerland (24 games, seven goals, 19 assists).

All-Time Statline: 77 games, 16 goals, 16 assists, plus-6 rating, 71 penalty minutes, 3.32 point shares.