Gilmour remembers feeling Calgary's wrath

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

CALGARY — Yes, Doug Gilmour admits, he received the Dion Phaneuf treatment when he returned to Calgary in a Maple Leafs jersey more than 18 years ago.

“Oh ya, I got booed,” Gilmour laughed as he took a journey down memory lane during a phone interview Thursday.

The date was March 3, 1992, and Gilmour was back at the Saddledome for the first time since being shipped to Toronto eight weeks earlier as part of a lopsided 10-player trade that featured enigmatic sniper Gary Leeman landing in Calgary.

Much like the reaction given to Phaneuf Thursday, Gilmour heard his share of heckling when he stepped on to the ice. But, in the end, he would have the last laugh, chalking up a goal and two assists in the Leafs’ 5-5 tie with the Flames.

“It was an emotional night,” Gilmour said. “I think I scored the tying goal, if I remember properly.

“It was tough. I had known that I was going to get traded, so the terms I had left on were hard on my teammates. At least I got to see them after the game.”

Given the fuss over the Phaneuf deal between the two teams that took place Jan. 31, reminders of the Gilmour swap have become more frequent the past few days.

“I know I wanted to prove my worth the first time I played against Calgary and I’m sure (Phaneuf) feels the same way,” he said.

Even after his career ended on the Saddledome ice due to a severe knee injury suffered on March 13, 2003, Gilmour has fond memories of the city in which he won his only Stanley Cup.

“I loved Calgary,” he said.


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