CALGARY - Only two Calgary Flames numbers — 9 and 30 — hang from the rafters of the Saddledome.
Lanny McDonald and Mike Vernon are the only ones to have their numbers retired as the NHL franchise has moved towards honouring past greats with the Forever a Flame program in place of retiring numbers.
Joe Nieuwendyk (No. 25) recently joined Al MacInnis (No. 2) in that exclusive club.
Many wonder when a pint-sized No. 14 might join them.
But the man who wore that jersey while rewriting the franchise record book isn’t among them.
“Joe is a guy who definitely deserves to be honoured by the organization,” Fleury said of last week’s ceremony honouring his former teammate. “He was a fantastic player and is a fantastic person. He was a great role model for a lot of young players.
“There are numerous guys from that ’89 team who deserve to have that recognition, but it’s not for me to decide.