Let’s get this right out of the way: there weren’t any really good choices to start with, so by default of having played the most games and accruing the most points by any #36 in Flames history, Troy Brouwer is the best player to have worn the #36 in Flames history. To quote our writer Maddie: woof.
Brouwer came to Calgary after being a very reliable and successful player for 10 seasons with Chicago, Washington and St. Louis, never having a season with less than 26 points with nine of those ten years being a 30+ point player.
His tenure in Calgary would not be so successful. In two seasons Brouwer would play in 74 & 76 games, both career lows and have career low point totals of 25 & 22. Brouwer was a lightning rod for fans after he signed a four year, $18 million dollar contract and NEVER came close to living up to that dollar figure. In his time he was a fixture on the Flames PP, despite having just 11 points while playing with the man advantage. It was so bad that the fans nicknamed it the Brouwer Play because it was painfully obvious he wasn’t producing.
Brouwer would play in 150 games with Calgary, scoring 19 times and handing out 28 assists. The Flames had seen enough after the 2017-18 and opted to buy Brouwer out his contract, giving each team the freedom to seek a better future. Brouwer would latch on to Florida and have another disappointing season in 2018-19 and then play in only 13 games during the Conoravirus shortened 2019-20 season with the Blues.
Other Players Having Worn #36 In Flames History
Doug Dadswell (1987-88), Len Esau (1994), Jason Muzzatti (1995), Yves Sarault (1996), Yves Racine (1997), Eric Charron (2000), Ronald Petrovicky (2001-02), Mike Mottau (2003), Matt Keetley (2008), Zac Rinaldo (2020)
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