No player, maybe outside of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff exemplifies the early/mid 2000’s Calgary Flames than Craig Conroy. Conroy spent parts (2 different stints) of nine seasons with the Flames and without a doubt has his best seasons in the Saddledome.
Conroy was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft after playing at Clarkson University. He would only play two seasons in Montreal before leaving to play for the St. Louis Blues. That was another short trip for Conroy as he would be traded to the Flames in 2000-01 after playing 359 in St. Louis for Cory Stillman.
The deal would pay dividends for the Flames as Conroy and Jarome Iginla would pair up and have fantastic seasons. Iginla would reach the 50pt mark for the first time and as his centre, Conroy would set career highs in goals (27) and assists (48). His point totals would decline in the next two seasons (59 & 47) with the Flames, but 2003-04 was a year to remember, regardless of stats. Conroy’s post season was stellar, playing in 26 games, scoring 6 goals and collecting 11 assists. His 17 points were second on the team during the 2003-04 post season. He would be fairly quiet in the Stanley Cup Finals, scoring the Flames “lone” goal in the deciding Game 7 and collecting an assist in the series opener. Calgary would lose Game 7 on a controversial “no goal” call and that would be the end of Conroy’s initial time with the Flames. He would jump ship to LA for a season and a half before coming back to Calgary to finish off his playing career.
In total, Conroy would play nine seasons with the Flames, comprising of 507 games played and totaling 308 points, far and away the best of his career. He was a Selke Finalist with the Flames as well and finished 5th in the NHL in short handed goals during the 2000-01 season with four. He also was honored by the Flames as he played in his 1,000th NHL while a member of the team. He was Captain twice with the Flames, in 2001 and 2002 before he personally handed the captaincy to Jarome Iginla for the 2003 season.
Injuries and being scratched were an issue for Conroy in 2010-11 and after playing in only 18 games he was released by the Flames and eventually announced his retirement. That wasn’t the end of Conroy with the Flames however. Less than a month after retiring, Conroy was offered a position in the Flames front office. He is still with the team today as the assistant GM to Brad Treliving.
Other Players Having Worn #22 In Flames History
Larry Romanchych (1973), Noel Picard (1973), Dwight Bialowas (1974-75), Willi Plett (1976), Pat Ribble (1976), Bobby Simpson (1977-78), Bobby Gould (1980), Brad Marsh (1981), Randy Turnbull (1982), Bruce Eakin (1982-84), Al MacInnis (1983), Richard Kromm (1984-86), Nick Fotiu (1986-87), Mike Bullard (1988), Mark Hunter (1989-91), Ron Stern (1991-97), Rocky Thompson (1999), Bill Lindsay (2000-01), Daymond Langkow (2006-11), Lee Stempniak (2012-14), Devin Setoguchi (2015), Drew Shore (2015-16)
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