Calgary Flames

Whatever happened to? A look back at Darryl Sutter’s last Flames team

It has been 15 years since the last time Darryl Sutter coached the Calgary Flames, and in that time, the team’s roster has gone through major shakeups. Only one player remains from that team, Mark Giordano, who was just 22 in Sutter’s last season. Giordano is also the only player still playing in the NHL today from that roster, the rest have since retired. Some are still engaged in the world are hockey, while others have found their way into the corporate world.

Let’s take a look at where the rest of the lineup is now:


Tony Amonte

Tony Amonte signed with the Flames after the lockout and played his final two seasons with the team. He finished his career with an impressive 900 points and 752 penalty minutes in 1174 games. Currently, he is the head coach of the Thayer Academy Varsity Hockey Team of the USHS-Prep. This is where he played his minor hockey.

Shean Donovan

Shean Donovan had a breakout season in 2003-04 with 42 regular season points to go along with 10 playoff points. He played one more season with the Flames in the year following the lockout, and finished his career with the Ottawa Senators.

Today he is a player development coach with the Senators, helping their young players find their way from Junior to the NHL.

Carsen Germyn

An undrafted forward, Carsen Germyn signed with the Flames after the 2004 season. He played with Mark Giordano in 2005-06 with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, only featuring in two games for the Flames that season. He played in just two more NHL games in his career before hanging up his skates following the 2014-15 season. Currently he resides around Campbell River, and played in a local charity game there last year.

Kristian Huselius

The Flames acquired Kristian Huselius from the Florida Panthers in 2005, with many worried that his offensive style would not fit with the Flames’ defense-first approach. However, in his time with the Flames, he put up 182 points in three seasons. He opted to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets following his third season with the Flames and retired following some injuries.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Huselius. Following his retirement, Huselius was accused of domestic abuse in 2018 then in 2019, he was in a major house fire that burned much of his upper body.

Jarome Iginla

O’ Captain My Captain, Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla holds the franchise record for most games played, most goals, and most points. After retiring in 2018, he took a few years off with his family in Boston but will now join the U15 Prep at Rink Hockey Academy as their new coach.

Chuck Kobasew

An Osoyoos BC native, Chuck Kobasew was drafted in the first round by the Flames in 2001. He was with the team until the 2006-07 season when he was traded to Boston with Andrew Ference for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

He finished his career in Switzerland with SC Bern, and is now the Head of Professional Athlete Sales for digital therapeutics firm Highmark Interactive. The firm uses video games to fight against brain injuries.

Daymond Langkow

A former fifth overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Daymond Langkow was traded to Calgary in 2004 from the Phoenix Coyotes. He was a staple on the Flames’ roster until a shot hit him in the neck, resulting in major spinal cord injuries. He returned to the lineup after an 88 game absence. The Flames then traded him back to Phoenix in 2011, where he retired the following season.

Currently he lives in Arizona, where his son plays for Phoenix Jr Coyotes AAA.

Mike Leclerc

Mike Leclerc played his final season in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes before being traded to the Flames mid-season. He hung up his skates following the season, after having five points in 15 games. He is currently the Director of Sales at Ring, the company that makes doorbells.

Matthew Lombardi

The speedy Flame with the great name, Matthew Lombardi was a staple with the team through the 2000s. He finished his career in Switzerland with Geneve-Servette HC. Unfortunately little is know of where he is today. He retired from professional hockey in 2016 to spend more time with his family.

Lynn Loyns

Lynn Loyns played 12 of his 34 total NHL games with the Flames. He only was in the league for a couple of seasons, then bounced between European leagues before retiring in England at the end of the 2013-14 season. Since then, he has gotten his MBA and has been with Dell EMC, most recently an account executive based out of Boston.

Jamie Lundmark

A first round pick, Jamie Lundmark played two seasons in Calgary before being traded as part of the deal that brought Craig Conroy back to Calgary. Lundmark would return as a free agent but was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He bounced around Europe, and retired in 2018 with EC KAC of the Austrian EBEL.

He is currently the co-owner of Method Hockey, a hockey development program.

Craig MacDonald

A former Harvard University player, Craig MacDonald signed as a free agent with the Flames following the lockout. He would only remain in Calgary for the one season, putting up five points in 25 games. He retired in the German DEL in 2013, and there is no news as to his whereabouts today.

Darren McCarty

Darren McCarty joined the Flames after his contract was bought out by the Detroit Red Wings following the lockout. He stayed with the team for two seasons, and struggled to make an impact on the score sheet. He put up just seven points in his first season then did not record a single point in his second season with the Flames. He retired with the Red Wings following the 2008-09 season.

McCarty has had his ups and downs since retiring. He was an alcoholic for a number of years, sold memorabelia online to pay debts, and at one time was in a rockband called Grinder. Today, he has been sober from alcohol for over five years and is a major proponent of marijuana legalization. He has joined up with Pincanna, a medical marijuana company planning to break into the recreational market.

Marcus Nilson

The Flames picked up Marcus Nilson in March 2004 for a second round pick. He played for the Flames until 2008 and retired in the Swedish SHL in 2014. There are few details on where he is now.

Eric Nystrom

A former tenth overall pick, Eric Nystrom played parts of four seasons with the Flames but opted to leave as a free agent. He finally hung up his skates in Norway in 2016-17. Currently he and his family operate a number of vacation properties including Moon Camp in Joshua Tree California

Steven Reinprecht

Steve Reinprecht only played two seasons with the Flames, appearing in 96 regular season games before being traded midway through Sutter’s final season in charge. He finished his career in the German DEL before moving to Denver, where he once played and won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001. He served as a volunteer coach with the University of Denver Men’s Team, prior to joining the Avalanche in a player development role.

Byron Ritchie

Byron Ritchie joined the Flames in 2005 as a free agent, and stayed just two years. He recorded 20 points and 137 penalty minutes in that time. He then signed with the Canucks for one season before moving over to Europe, where he ended his career in Sweden following the 2016-17 season.

Interestingly, he is the current head coach of the U15 Prep Team at Rink Hockey Academy. This team will be taken over by Jarome Iginla next year, but there is no news on what will happen with Ritchie. We wish him all the best.

Chris Simon

Wawa, Ontario is known for two things: a large goose statue and Chris Simon. Simon played two seasons with the Flames racking up 27 points and 119 penalty minutes.

Unfortunately Simon has struggled since his playing days. Numerous injuries have rendered him unable to work and he has had to file for bankruptcy in 2017. We wish him nothing but the best going forward.

Jason Wiemer

A former eighth overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jason Wiemer was traded to the Flames in 1997-98 for Sandy McCarthy and a third round pick which would become Brad Richards. He was later traded to the Florida Panthers in 2011 for Rob Niedermayer but ended up signing with the Flames as a free agent in 2005. However, the Flames traded him away again, this time to the New Jersey Devils, where he would end up retiring.

There must be something in the Calgary water for Wiemer, and he has come home to live in Calgary. He is currently an account manager at Jalco Industries, which specializes in fabrication.

Stephane Yelle

A former Oshawa General and 8th round draft pick of the Avalanche, Stephane Yelle played 23 games in the playoffs recording six points. Although he was a forward, he was an excellent two-way player and would occasionally play defence as needed.

Today, he has retired from hockey and now works for MCE Brand Solutions, helping companies better market their products on Amazon.


Andrew Ference

Ference joined the Flames after being traded for future considerations from the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played four seasons with the Flames, and was traded along with Chuck Kobasew to the Boston Bruins in 2007. Interestingly, he played his lockout hockey in the Czech Republic with Motor Ceske Budejovice, which was dissolved following a scandal over beer sponsorship.

Today Ference has joined the NHL as their first Director of Social Impact, Growth, and Fan Development. He is also an avid environmentalist, and has worked with Fifth Season Ventures to fund sustainable start-ups.

Roman Hamrlik

Roman Hamrlik was a first overall draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992, and signed with the Flames following the NHL Lockout. He would only be with the team for two seasons, but put up 64 points in that time. He retired from hockey in 2012-13, and was inducted into the Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019

Cale Hulse

A Devils third round draft pick, Cale Hulse was traded to the Flames in 1996 after winning the Calder Cup with the Albany River Rats (this is not a typo). He was then traded away in 2000 before being traded back to the Flames in 2006. He racked up exactly 1000 penalty minutes through 600 NHL games and is now the Business Development Manager for Carlisle Fluid Technology. He was previously a Business Development Manager for the Arizona Coyotes.

Jordan Leopold

Jordan Leopold won the Hobey Baker Award in with the University of Minnesota before making the NHL. He played with the Flames for three seasons prior to being traded to Colorado after the 2005-06. He ended his career back home in Minnesota, after his daughter wrote a letter to the team asking them to bring him home.

Today, Leopold runs Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens Event Centre in Minneapolis. They host weddings and other private events at their site.

Bryan Marchment

Bryan Marchment had a long and torrid history as a bruiser in the league. He played his final season in 2005-06 with the Flames before becoming an unsigned free agent. He played over 900 career games and put up 2307 penalty minutes in his time, With the Flames, he put up three points and 75 penalty minutes in 37 games. Today he is a scout and development coach in the San Jose Sharks organization.

Steve Montador

Steve “The Matador” Montador was an undrafted forward who signed with the Flames in 2000. He bounced between the AHL and NHL through his time with the Flames, and was eventually traded in Sutter’s final year as Head Coach, having featured in just seven games that season.

On February 15, 2015, Montador passed away at his home. Four days following, his girlfriend gave birth to his son. Prior to his passing, he spoke about his depression, brought on by concussion issues from his playing. We hope his family has found peace after such a tragic loss.

Dion Phaneuf

A ninth overall pick by the Flames, Dion Phaneuf cemented himself as a staple on the Flames blue line. His final seasons saw the media spotlight on him grow as his performance waned. Whether it was his on ice performance or off-ice indiscretions, the Flames traded him to Toronto in 2010.

He retired for the league in 2019 after the Kings bought out the final two years of his contract. He seems to be living the quiet life.

Richie Regehr

The younger brother of Robyn, Richie Regehr was an undrafted forward that was signed by the Flames in 2004. He featured in 14 NHL games under Sutter in his final season behind the bench, and only six more for the rest of his career. Regehr hung up his skates following a number of seasons in the German DEL. Currently he is an assistant coach of the Saskatoon Blazers AAA team and runs High Voltage Hockey Department of Defense, a hockey training program.

Robyn Regehr

Born in Brazil and raised in Indonesia, Robyn Regehr was a staple on the Flames’ blueline. He was the youngest nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after playing just four months after breaking both his legs in a car accident. He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 2011.

He finished his career in 2014-15 with the Los Angeles Kings, and lives in Calgary with his family. He spends his time by the lake with his family.

Rhett Warrener

Rhett Warrener played his last few seasons with the Flames after being traded from Buffalo for Chris Drury. He played his final four seasons in Calgary, and reitred a Flame at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.

After hanging up his skates, he briefly served with the Flames as a scout before turning to broadcasting. He currently hosts the morning radio show Boomer & Warrener on Fan 960.


Miikka Kiprusoff

The Flames’ all time leading goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff still holds the team record for most wins, shutouts, saves, save percentage and GAA. After retiring following the 2013-14 season, he returned to Finland, where he is living the quiet life.

Brian Boucher

Brian Boucher was part of the revolving door of backup goaltenders for the Flames through the 2000s. He featured in just three games, ending with a 0.854 save percentage and 4.94 GAA, having been traded to the Flames in February of 2006. He holds the record for the longest shoutout streak by an NHL goalie at 332 minutes, set in 2003-04.

Boucher is currently a broadcaster with NBCSN, serving as the inside the glass correspondent. He also is a studio analyst for NHL Network.

Philippe Sauve

Philippe Sauve started the 2005-06 season with the Flames and played in 8 games with the team. He ended his tenure with a 0.891 save percentage, and was traded as part of a deal for the aforementioned Boucher mid-season. He finished his career in the DEL with the excellently named Hamburg Freezers in 2007-08.

He portrayed Boston Bruins’ goaltender Sugar Jim Henry in a film on Maurice Richard, but little is known of where he is today.

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