Flames come first but Macoun torn

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET


 Jamie Macoun figures he's blessed with a win-win situation as a fan watching the Calgary Flames faceoff tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.

 "It is fun," said Macoun, the former feisty NHL defenceman. "I can cheer both ways."

 That's because he played for both clubs during his 16-year NHL career. Macoun joins goaltender Mike Vernon as the only players to have won a Stanley Cup with each of the two teams.

 After winning hockey's Holy Grail with the Flames in 1989, Macoun raised the Cup with the Red Wings in 1998.

 "Winning the Cup with Calgary and winning the Cup with Detroit were both great," Macoun said. "But they were very distinct.

 "The one with Calgary was the culmination of many years of buildup and near-misses, which was one of the biggest triumphs in the city's sports history.

 "And with Detroit 10 years later, I felt like I may never get another chance to win it again. I was in the twilight of my career and we were expected to win it."

 However, that didn't take away from the celebration in Michigan, according to Macoun. Hockeytown, USA, lived up to its name by throwing a post-Cup parade attended by a million fans.

 Many puck pundits have picked the Wings to host a repeat performance this summer. And that would be all right in Macoun's world.

 "On Detroit, I still know quite a few guys -- 12 guys that I played with," said Macoun of former teammates like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan.

 "I'd feel happy for them if they won. But at the same time, I'm in Calgary now and I support the Calgary Flames.

 "I'm cheering for the Flames. I wanted to live in Calgary and I settled here in Calgary. And I've been a season-ticket holder for five years," continued Macoun, now working for local directional drilling company Scientific Drilling.

 And a prediction?

 "I'd have to say that Calgary wins it in six games," Macoun said. "Why not? What do I have to lose?"

 As a champion alumnus of both teams, absolutely nothing.


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