Calgary Flames Retires Mike Vernon’s Jersey

NHL team the Calgary Flames honoured their former goalkeeper for 11 season, Mike Vernon, in the ultimate form of appreciation. Vernon, who backstopped the Flames to the Stanley Cup victory in 1989, had his #30 Jersey retired and lifted to the rafters of the Pengrowth Saddledome (replica of the rafter is on left) on Feb 6th. In 1983 Vernon, a native of Calgary, also played plenty of games in the playoffs &took his team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1986 when they lost to Montreal. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings and won the Cup with them in 1997, after originally being the backup goalie that year. He was then traded to the San Jose Sharks, more for a mentoring role, for two season, and then went to the Florida Panthers & Minnesotta Wild until he came back full circle to Calgary. Now retired, Vernon has a house in Calgary and Victoria, where he has business interests.

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