The Flames best player to wear #45 had two different stints with the Flames over his six year NHL career and posted the best career numbers for any #45 in Flames history. We present to you, Jamie Lundmark.
Lundmark came to Calgary during the 2005-06 season for the first time and was one of three stops he made in different NHL cities that season. He would play 41 games combined between the NY Rangers and the Phoenix Coyotes before finishing off the year with the Flames. He would play in 12 games to finish out the year and his numbers were very good over such a short stretch of time. He would score six goals and hand out fours assists to give him 10 points in only 12 games.
Lundmark would impress the Flames enough that he would remain with the team to start the 2006-07 season, but after only suiting up for 39 game and collecting a mere four points he was traded. Calgary would send Lundmark to the LA Kings in exchange for fan favourite and future Flames Assistant GM Craig Conroy for the remainder of 2007. He would play in 29 games for the Kings, collecting nine points (7 goals) and once again showcasing some of that talent that keep appearing and disappearing.
Lundmark would take his chances and play in Russia during most of the 2007 season, returning in December to play in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters. The Flames would once again come calling and sign Lundmark prior to the 2008-09 season. Over the next two years he would play in 48 games with Calgary, scoring 12 goals and dishing out 13 assists over that time frame. Not bad numbers at all, if you consider how much Lundmark bounced around.
Even with the numbers he put up with the Flames from 2008-10, Calgary placed the Edmonton native on waivers during the 2010 season and he was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jamie Lundmark would finish out the season in Toronto and that would be the end of his NHL career. He would spend one season in the AHL before heading back to Europe to finish out his career, playing for three different teams over eight seasons, finally retiring in 2018.
For his time with the Flames Lundmark would play in 99 games, score 16 goals and pile up 23 assists. The goal and assist totals would be best totals from any of his NHL stops and his 99 games with the Flames being the second most he played with any franchise. His only NHL post season trips would come with Calgary as well, one in 2006 and the other in 2009.
Other Players Having Worn #45 In Flames History
Jocelyn Lemieux (1996), Marko Jantunen (1997), Darrel Scoville (2000), David Wolf (2015), Morgan Klimchuk (2018), Alexander Yelesin (2020)
by Mark Parkinson