Picking #37 was fairly easy and we knew it would be former Flames goalie Trevor Kidd. What’s hard to remember about Kidd was he followed an absolute legend in Mike Vernon and no matter what he did it wasn’t going to be good enough. He was also saddled with Flames teams that were shedding their aging veterans from the Stanley Cup years and sort of rebuilding at the same time. Not exactly a recipe for success. But for his time with the Flames, Trevor Kidd was a fairly servicable goalie.
The Flames would draft the Manitoba native with the 11th overall pick in the 1990 Draft. When you draft a player, especially a goalie, that high you expect good to great things from them. Kidd would have to wait to show the Flames if he was worth such a high pick as Mike Vernon was just a year removed from having won the Flames a Stanley Cup, so Kidd wasn’t getting that starting gig any time soon.
During the 1993-94 season Kidd would see significant time playing as Vernon’s backup. He would play in 31 games that year and post a record of 13-7-6 with a GAA of 3.16 and a Save% of .887. That off season Vernon was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings and the starting duties were handed over to Kidd to begin the 1994-95 season. It would end up being his best season in Calgary as he would start a league high 43 games, set career highs in wins (22) and record his best GAA and Save% as a member of the Flames, 2.61 and .909 respectively. He would also finish 6th in the Vezina Trophy voting for his efforts.
Kidd would post back to back 45+ start seasons and start a career high 55 games in 1996. He would see the most shots of his career that season (1,416) and stopped a personal best 1,275. With the demanding workload, the Flames were seeing Kidd’s results go south. In those back to back seasons where he started 102 games, his record would be 36-44-14. After having back to back winning seasons to start his time with the Flames, two sub .500 years wasn’t cutting it with the Flames.
Seeking a better option between the pipes Calgary traded Trevor Kidd to the Carolina Hurricanes prior to the 1997-98 season for Andrew Cassels and Jean Sebastien-Giguere. He would end up playing another seven seasons in the league, two with Carolina, three with Florida and his final two NHL seasons in Toronto.
In five seasons with the Flames Trevor Kidd would play in 178 games, compile a record of 72-66-26 and have a Save% of .898. Calgary would make the playoffs twice during his reign as their starting goalie, but he would only play eight total games. Kidd’s record would be 3-5-0 and he’d surrender 35 goals.
Despite a short tenure he still holds a place in the Flames record books in regards to goaltending. Kidd is 6th all time in wins (72), 6th in saves (4,064), 9th in Save% (.898), 9th in GAA (2.83) and 7th in shut outs with 10. After hanging up his skates Kidd worked as a TV analyst for the Winnipeg Jets.
Other Players Having Worn #37 In Flames History
Todd Harkins (1992), Sergei Varlamov (2000), Benoit Gratton (2000), Dean McAmmond (2002-04), Chris Drury (2003), Lynn Lyons (2006), Brandon Prust (2007), Leland Irving (2012-13), Joni Ortio (2014-16)
Is Trevor Kidd the best player in Flames history to wear the #37?
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