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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter LXXII: 180-177

Left winger Jonas Hoglund, defenseman Dick Redmond, and goaltenders Joey MacDonald and Ken Wregget.

Joel Auerbach

180. Joey MacDonald

MacDonald was born on February 7th, 1980 in Pictou, Nova Scotia. He played three seasons of junior level hockey with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, going 67-51-15 with a 2.92 goals against average beginning in 1998-99.

MacDonald played the next five seasons entirely in the minor league system. He appeared with the Toledo Storm (13-15-7, .923, 2.86) and the Grand Rapids Griffins (109-77-11, 2.50). He made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on October 19th, 2006, stopping 13-of-15 shots in relief of Chris Osgood in a 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

MacDonald played eight games with the Red Wings in 2006-07, and appeared in 14 more with the club in 2011-12, totaling a 14-15-5, .905, 2.62. He also played with the Boston Bruins (2-2-1, .918, 2.68), and the New York Islanders (14-27-7, .902, 3.36).

On February 11th, 2013, the Flames chose him off waivers from the Wings. He split the goaltending duties with Miikka Kiprusoff (in his last season), putting up a better save percentage (.902 to .882) and goals against average (2.87 to 3.44) with an 8-9-1 win-loss record. On February 23rd, he made 30 saves in a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild. He stopped 39-of-40 shots on April 8th, as the Flames won against the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. In a 4-1 win over the Wild on April 21st, he stopped 34 shots.

Last season, MacDonald spent a lot of the season with the Abbotsford Heat (5-10-0, .909, 3.00). He opened the season co-headlining the netminder position with Karri Ramo, and ended the season backing him up. He appeared in 11 games near the beginning and the end of the season, going 5-4-1 and stopping 89% of shots faced with a 2.90 goals against average. On April 4th, he turned aside 34 shots in a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

MacDonald is currently a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

All-Time Statline: 32 games, 13-13-2, 826 shots faced, 742 saves, .898 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average, 3.74 point shares.

179. Jonas Hoglund

Jonas Hoglund, a 6’’3", 215 lb. left winger, was born in Hammaro, Sweden on August 29th, 1972. The Flames selected him in the 10th round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 222nd overall. He remained with Farjestads BK Karlstad in Sweden after his selection, totaling 223 games between 1988 and 1996, scoring 85 goals with 54 assists.

Hoglund skipped the pond to join Calgary for the 1996-97 season. He appeared in 68 contests for the Flames, scoring a team fifth 19 goals on 189 shots with a team seventh 16 assists, a minus-4 rating, and 12 penalty minutes. Six of his goals were of the game winning variety, to lead Calgary. On October 20th, he scored twice in a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He had a goal and an assist on February 11th, in a 5-1 win against the Boston Bruins. He did the same thing a week later, in a 5-5 tie with the Buffalo Sabres.

1997-98 would see Hoglund light the lamp six times on 124 shots, with eight helpers, a minus-9 rating and 16 penalty minutes. He played in 50 contests for the Flames before a trade made him a Montreal Canadien on February 1st. Calgary traded him with Zarley Zalapski for Valeri Bure and a fourth round pick (Shaun Sutter).

Hoglund played in 102 games for the Habs (14 goals, 15 assists), also appearing later with the Toronto Maple Leafs (325 games, 78 goals, 106 assists), Davos (Swiss, 34 games, 24 goals, 19 assists), a second turn with Farjestads (189 games, 47 goals, 50 assists), Lugano (Swiss, 10 games, six goals, two assists), Sodertalje SK (Sweden, seven games, two goals, two assists), and the Malmo Redhawks (Sweden, 35 games, 24 goals, 12 assists).

All-Time Statline: 118 games, 25 goals, 24 assists, minus-13 rating, 28 penalty minutes, 3.79 point shares.

178. Ken Wregget

Wregget was selected 45th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round. Born on March 25th, 1964, the 6’1", 201 lb. goaltender was native to Brandon, Manitoba. Before turning pro, he played three seasons in juniors with the WHL’s Lethbridge Broncos (77-49-1, 3.51).

Wregget had a long and successful NHL career before finding his way to the Flames. He played six seasons for the Leafs (55-112-17, .871, 4.34), four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers (42-47-9, .879, 3.55), and seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins (104-67-21, .898, 3.29). During the 1998 offseason, the Pens traded him with Dave Roche to the Flames for German Titov and Todd Hlushko.

1998-99 would see Wregget post career bests with a 2.53 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. He went 10-12-4 through the season, ranking second of the six net minders to appear with Calgary over the season with 27 games played (Fred Bratwaite appeared 28 times). On October 30th, he stopped 27 shots but earned only a tie in a 0-0 decision against the Washington Capitals.

Wregget played the next season with the Detroit Red Wings (14-10-2, .900, 2.66).

All-Time Statline: 27 games, 10-12-4, 712 shots faced, 645 saves, .906 save percentage, 2.53 goals against average, 3.81 point shares.

177. Dick Redmond

Redmond was a 5’11", 178 lb. defenseman from Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Born on August 14th, 1949, he was a first round pick in the NHL Entry Draft in 1969, fifth overall by the Minnesota North Stars.

Redmond played a little more than two seasons in the OHA with the Peterborough Petes, scoring 11 goals and 37 assists in 104 games. After a trade to the St. Catharines Black Hawks, he broke out with 31 goals and 43 assists with 136 penalty minutes in just 44 games through the latter part of the 1968-69 season, leading to his high draft position.

Redmond played most of his first two pro seasons between the Iowa Stars (56 games, seven goals, 23 assists) and the Cleveland Barons (49 games, six goals, 13 assists). He played 16 games with the North Stars, making three assists from the time of his drafting through the 1970-71 season before joining the California Golden Seals (109 games, 15 goals, 52 assists). He also played with the Chicago Black Hawks (341 games, 71 goals, 156 assists) and the St. Louis Blues (28 games, four goals, 11 assists). On December 12th, 1977, the Blues traded him with Yves Belanger, Bob MacMillan and a draft pick (Mike Perovich) for Phil Myre, Curt Bennett and Barry Gibbs.

Redmond played in 42 games for the Flames through the back half of the 1977-78 season, scoring seven goals on 86 shots with 11 helpers, a plus-12 rating, and 16 penalty minutes. During the following offseason, the Flames sent him to the Boston Bruins for Gregg Sheppard.

Redmond closed out his career with four seasons in Boston, scoring 36 times with 79 assists in 235 contests. 

All-TIme Statline: 42 games, seven goals, 11 assists, plus-12 rating, 16 penalty minutes, 3.84 point shares.