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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter XCV: 96-94

In Chapter 95, Matchsticks and Gasoline recaps former Flames forwards Martin Gelinas, Doug Risebrough, and Dan Quinn.

Martin Gelinas played two full seasons with the Flames, and scored 38 goals with 49 assists.
Martin Gelinas played two full seasons with the Flames, and scored 38 goals with 49 assists.

96. Martin Gelinas

Gellinas was a 6', 194 lb. left winger. The Shawnigan, Quebec native was born on June 5th, 1970. In 1987-88, he averaged over two points per game with the QMJHL’s Hull Olympiques, with 63 goals and 68 assists in 65 games. After his showing, the Los Angeles Kings chose him seventh overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. LA sent him to the Edmonton Oilers with others, for Wayne Gretzky, among others.

Gelinas played five seasons for Edmonton (258 games, 60 goals, 60 assists), later playing with the Quebec Nordiques (31 games, six goals, six assists), the Vancouver Canucks (258 games, 90 goals, 81 assists), and the Carolina Hurricanes (348 games, 75 goals, 90 assists). He joined the Flames through free agency prior to the 2002-03 season.

2002-03 would see Gelinas rank second on the team with 81 appearances, averaging 16:33 per game. He scored a Flames-fourth 21 goals on 152 shots with a team-third 31 assists. He earned a minus-3 rating and a team-eighth 51 penalty minutes. He scored multiple points on eight occasions, including three times when he earned three. He scored two goals with an assist in a 4-4 tie with the Colorado Avalanche on November 2nd. On January 4th, he scored twice, including the game winner in a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. On March 4th, he scored a goal with two assists in a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Flames went 29-36-13-4, missing the postseason.

In 2003-04, Gelinas scored a team-third 17 goals on 139 shots. He added a team-sixth 18 helpers in a team-eighth 76 contests. In 14:50 per game, he ranked fifth on the team with a plus-10 rating and a team-eighth 70 penalty minutes. He totaled at least two points in six games. On December 7th, he earned three assists in a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. On February 1st, he scored a power play goal and kicked in two assists in a 6-4 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The club went 42-30-7-3 on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Gelinas totaled eight goals and seven assists, appearing in all 26 contests, not including this "almost" marker that would have clinched the Cup.

2004-05 would see Gelinas play in the Swiss-B League with Morges (41 games, 38 goals, 23 assists). He rejoined the NHL the following season with the Florida Panthers (164 games, 31 goals, 54 assists), later playing with the Nashville Predators (57 games, nine goals, 11 assists). He will be entering his third season with the Flames coaching staff for the 2014-15 season.

All-Time Statline: 157 games, 38 goals, 49 assists, plus-7 rating, 121 penalty minutes, 10.82 point shares.

95. Doug Risebrough

Risebrough, born on January 29th, 1954 in Kitchener, Ontario, was a 5'11", 183 lb. forward. He played in the OHA with the Kitchener Rangers in 1973-74, scoring 25 goals with 27 assists in 46 games. The Montreal Canadiens selected him afterwards in the first round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, with the seventh overall pick. He joined the Canadiens the following season, eventually spending eight seasons with the team (493 games, 117 goals, 185 assists, 959 penalty minutes). He also played 74 postseason games, scoring 11 goals with 20 assists.

During the 1982 offseason, Risebrough was traded by Montreal with a draft pick (Frantisek Musil) for two draft picks (Todd Francis, Graeme Bonar). In 1982-83, he appeared in 71 contests and ranked third on the team with 21 goals on 145 shots. He ranked fifth on the team with 37 assists,  and led the team with a plus-13 rating and with 138 penalty minutes. The Flames posted a 32-34-14 record for the season, and eliminated the Vancouver Canucks three-games-to-one in the opening round of the postseason. The Edmonton Oilers took care of Calgary in the second round, in five games of a best-of-seven series. Risebrough had a goal and three assists with 18 penalty minutes in the nine games.

1983-84 would see Risebrough rank third on the Flames with 77 appearances, fifth with 23 markers (on 161 shots), eighth with 28 assists, fifth with a plus-11 rating, and second with 161 penalty minutes. The Flames went 34-32-14, again eliminated the Canucks in four contests and again lost to the Oilers in the second round, this time in seven games. Risebrough had two goals, an assist, and 25 minutes in the box over the 11 contests.

Risebrough scored seven goals on 33 shots in 1984-85, limited by injury to only 15 appearances. He also had five assists, a plus-10 rating, and a team-10th 49 penalty minutes. The club continued to improve their regular season record, with a 41-27-12 record. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Winnipeg Jets, three-games-to-one. Risebrough did his part, with three assists and 12 minutes in the box over the four games.

In 1985-86, Risebrough rebounded to stay healthy enough to appear in 62 games with the Flames. He scored 15 times (Flames 10th) on 92 shots with 28 dimes (team ninth), a plus-22 rating (team fifth), and 169 penalty minutes (team sixth). He ranked third on the team with three shorthanded goals. The club went 40-31-9, defeating the Jets, the Oilers, and the St. Louis Blues before dropping the Stanley Cup Finals in five games to the Habs. Risebrough appeared in all 22 contests, scoring seven goals with nine assists to his credit.

1986-87 would be Risebrough’s last season in the NHL. He scored twice on 19 shots with three assists in 22 games, with a minus-2 rating and 66 penalty minutes for the 46-31-3 Flames. He had one assist in four games of the playoffs, which consisted of a six-game series loss to Winnipeg. Currently, he serves as a scout with the New York Rangers.

All-Time Statline: 227 games, 68 goals, 101 assists, plus-54 rating, 583 penalty minutes, 10.84 point shares.

94. Dan Quinn

Quinn was a first round selection of the Flames in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, chosen with the 13th overall pick. Born in Ottawa, Ontario on June 1st, 1965, he eventually took up the center position, and grew into a 5’11", 175 lb. OHL scoring machine. His first two seasons with the Belleville Bulls would see him rack up 78 goals and 120 assists in 137 games.

In 1983-84, Quinn spent 24 games with the Bulls, scoring 23 assists and 36 assists. He also made his NHL debut with Calgary, appearing in 54 contests. He lit the lamp a team-sixth 19 times on 103 shots with a team sixth 33 assists, a minus-3 rating, and 20 penalty minutes. The Flames went 34-32-14 on the season, defeated the Vancouver Canucks in four games, then lost to the Edmonton Oilers in seven games in the second round. Quinn had three goals and five assists in eight games.

Quinn tied for fifth on the club with 74 appearances in 1984-85, scoring 20 goals (team seventh) on 143 shots with 38 assists (team sixth), a plus-9 rating and 22 minutes in the penalty box. His three game winners ranked him fourth on the Flames. Calgary posted a 41-27-12 record and made the playoffs as the third seed in the Smythe Division, but lost in the first round to the Winnipeg Jets, three-games-to-one.

1985-86 would see Quinn play in every game but two for Calgary, appearing in a team fourth 78 contests. He led the club with 72 points with a team-second 30 markers (on 191 shots) and a team-fourth 42 assists. He earned a minus-12 rating and 44 penalty minutes. He was one off the team lead with three shorthanded goals and three game winners. Calgary went 40-31-9, then eliminated the Jets in three, the Oilers in seven, and the St. Louis Blues, also in seven before losing in five games to the Montreal Canadiens for the Stanley Cup.

Hard to believe, but Quinn was just 21 years old when the 1986-87 season started. He played in 16 games for the Flames, and scored three times on 27 shots with six helpers, a minus-6 rating and 14 penalty minutes. On November 12th, the Flames traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Mike Bullard.

Quinn had a long career after leaving Alberta, appearing with the Pens (270 games, 111 goals, 165 assists), the Canucks (101 games, 34 goals, 49 assists), the Blues (14 games, four goals, seven assists), the Philadelphia Flyers (102 games, 18 goals, 40 assists), the Minnesota North Stars (11 games, zero goals, four assists), the Ottawa Senators (41 games, 13 goals, 18 assists), and the Los Angeles Kings (44 games, 14 goals, 17 assists).

All-Time Statline: 168 games, 53 goals, 86 assists, minus-9 rating, 80 penalty minutes, 11.17 point shares.