The Flames have some great ties with the Black Players that have played in the NHL through the years. Over the 40 year history of the teams history in Calgary, the Flames have had 10 players that have some kind of ties with the Black Community. The most notable of those are Jarome Iginla, Grant Fuhr, Sandy McCarthy, Fred Braithwaite etc.
The notorious hitter/fighter from Toronto was drafted by the Flames in Round 3 (52nd Overall) of the 1991 NHL Draft. McCarthy spent parts of 5 seasons with the Flames before going onto play for the Lightning (1997-1999), Flyers (1999-2000), Hurricanes (2000), Rangers (2000-2003, 2004) and Bruins (2003). McCarthy had 55 points (30 goals and 25 assists) in 276 games played in Cowtown. More so known for his fighting, McCarthy spent 730 minutes inside the Penalty box, with most of those minutes coming from many brawls. A notorious fighter who was synonymous amongst the C of Red
Claimed off of waivers in 2009, Dawes quickly proved himself to be a regular in the Flames lineup (although he did only play in Calgary for one year). A solid two way player that could do everything right and could also chip in on offence. In the one year with the Flames, he had 32 points (12 goal and 18 assists) in 66 games played. Even though he played one year in Calgary he still inputted some good numbers.
Although his tenure was short in Calgary, he’s known more so off the ice as an ambassador for changing Hockey Culture. The Flames acquired him on loan for the Abbotsford Heat (Currently the Stockton Heat). He was placed in a checking role with Abbotsford rather than the scoring role he typically played, and performed well enough that the Flames sent defenceman John Negrin to the Jets on January 30, 2012, in exchange for Aliu's NHL rights. The team recalled Aliu late in the season. He made his NHL Debut on April 5th and recorded his first two goals days later against the Ducks.
Altogether in 7 games played with the Flames, he registered 3 points (2 goals and assists). Aliu is now a pioneer in growing the game with minorities and a big voice for creating change in the game.
Tyrone Garner was a goaltender that played three games for the Flames as an emergency call-up back in the 98-99 season. He posted a 0–2–0 record with a 5.18 GAA before being returned to the Oshawa Generals. He only spent about 2 years in the Flames organization.
Jamal Mayers was acquired by the Flames in one of the biggest trades in franchise history. That’s probably already a big telltale but for those that don’t know..... Mayers was apart of the trade that sent Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjöström and Keith Aulie to the Leafs in exchange for Matt Stajan (the only good player from the trade), Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Mayers of course. Mayers only played 27 with the Flames before departing in the offseason to play with the Sharks. In those 27 games Mayers only registered a mere 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists). Mayers would go on to win the cup with the Blackhawks in 2013, even though he didn’t play in the Finals. Mayers now works as an analyst for the NHL Network and NBC Sports Chicago.
Next up on the list is the one time 28 goal scorer, Chris Stewart. Stewy was placed on waivers by the Wild close to the 2018 Trade Deadline. The Flames claimed Chris on February 26th. He would go onto appear in 7 regular season games and would register 3 points (1 Goal and 2 Assists). He now works for the Flyers as a player development coach.
One of the weirdest players to dawn the Flaming C, as he was apart of the many Battle of Alberta’s but on the other side. More so known for his time in Edmonton, the Hall of Famer would however go onto play for the arch rivals. Fuhr would spend the final season of his career in Calgary. In the 99-00 season, Fuhr played 23 games registering a 5-13-2 record with a .856 SV%. Not a great season from the HHOF but he was more so remembered for the impact he left in the locker room. Noticeably on a young player by the name of- You’re going to have to wait for that name. But it’s cool to know that a HHOF like Fuhr who was synonymous for his play in Edmonton actually spent a season just down the road in Calgary.
A beloved player in the C of Red by many of the fans that loved his flashy style of play between the pipes. Freddy would appear in 138 games for the Flames in a three season span. He would register a 51-51-24 record and would post a .909 SV%. Not too shabby as the Flames were horrendous during his tenure. But he’ll be most remembered for one the best saves in franchise history. A goal line stick save against the Red Wings.
The second black player that the Flames ever drafted is the Swedish defenceman Oliver Kylington! The only active black player on the Flames Roster. Olly was selected in the 2nd round (60th Overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. Since then Kylington has been a player that has had his fair share of up & downs. He hasn’t really gotten a real chance to cement himself in the lineup, as the team has always brought in another defenceman to fill that role. But he hasn’t had a bad start to his career either. In 88 games played in the big leagues, Oliver has 15 points (5 Goals and 10 Assists). With the Stockton Heat (the little brother of the Flames in the AHL), he has 102 points (27 Goals and 75 Assists) in 190 games played. Altogether a not too bad start to the young defenceman’s career. Looking forward to what he can do down the road.
Last but not least, the Franchise’s best player..... Hockey Hall of Famer, Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla! One of the best, if not the best Black Hockey Players of all time. This absolute stud played a franchise best 1219 games with the Flames. In those 1219 games, Iggy shattered many records along the way. By the end of his tenure in Calgary, Jarome racked up 1095 points (525 Goals and 570 Assists). One of the greatest to ever play in the league. An impressive tenure in Calgary, as he was (and still is) a great ambassador for the sport of hockey. Over the years Iggy has cemented himself as one of the biggest legends in Calgary. During the 16 years he spent in the C of Red, Iggy made many contributions to the community. More noticeably to KidSport Calgary... From 2000-2013, Iggy donated more than $700,000. An absolute pioneer for the game and an absolute legend when it came to off ice contributions to the community around him. You can still find Iggy jerseys all around the city because the dude was a legend and still is a legend in the city. As the Flames 2004 playoff anthem said...... You Can Find Me In The ‘Dome, Chillin With Jarome.