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Old 02-07-2014, 03:36 PM   #1
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Flames Nieuwendyk - Forever a Flame - March 7th Ceremony

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Joe Nieuwendyk will be inducted into the Forever a Flame program in a pre-game ceremony on March 7th! ~ cflam.es/1ba88XA

http://flames.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=704258

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The Calgary Flames will be honouring Joe Nieuwendyk for the contributions he has made to the organization as a player and a person on Friday, March 7th when a Forever a Flame banner for Nieuwendyk will be hoisted and remain on permanent display at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

“Joe was a very special member of the Flames family with his amazing on ice achievements and the dignity and class he exhibited every day,” said Calgary Flames President & CEO Ken King.

Nieuwendyk joins former teammates Lanny McDonald, Mike Vernon and Al MacInnis when he receives his Forever a Flame honour during a ceremony to take place prior to the Flames versus the New York Islanders game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Nieuwendyk will be accompanied by his family and members of the Flames alumni in a pre-game ceremony.

“I am truly honoured to receive this recognition and join with my former teammates and friends as well as all Flames fans, to celebrate the outstanding history and traditions established by the Flames organization,” said Nieuwendyk. “I spent nine memorable seasons with Calgary and I am extremely proud as a member of the Flames family to have my name and number recognized by the organization.”
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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I can only figure out where this thread is going.....
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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One of the lamest things this organization can do. Just retire the damn number
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Dear Ken King - Forever a Flame is ridiculous and an overall embarrassment to a once proud franchise. STOP DOING THESE and just retire his friggin' number
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:39 PM   #5
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going to be his GM job interview too :P
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:40 PM   #6
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Forever a Flame is weak. Retire it or don't.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:43 PM   #7
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Just retire the damn number. Forever a Flame is a joke.
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Forever a Flame is ridiculous, but so is the notion of retiring Nieuwendyk's number. Holding out on the team should not be rewarded with raising his number to the rafters IMHO.
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Forever a Flame: When you can't quite get your #### together.

Forever a Flame: The Honourable Mentions

Forever a Flame: A tiered glory system.

Forever a Flame: When Fans want what Ownership doesn't.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:49 PM   #11
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MacInnis should have been retired, but Forever a Flame is perfect for guys like Nieuwendyk.
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Frik, I can't believe they're still doing these.

I'm in favor of the Forever a Flame if it does not replace Jersey retirement, Nieuwendyk IMO doesn't deserve to have his number retired, but certainly can be honored. But this sentence is just not true:

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Old 02-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #13
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Forever a Flame seems like an idea straight out of the Kevin Lowe Oilers organization.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #14
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Can't retire his number its not deserved...nothing wrong with honouring the guy
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:53 PM   #16
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It's not perfect for anybody. There's pictures of him around, people who know the franchise know what he did for us. This is just an extra piece of fluff. If a player deserves his number retired, so it, if not, well then we'll just remember what he did. I thought for MacInnis it was because he requested it not be retired because he was with the Blues, but obviously they think this is a good idea, and it's not.

If they want to honour a guy, fine, have a "Player X" night. Don't hang banners for some half assed idea.
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They've already started it, nothing we can say or do will stop it now..
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They've already started it, nothing we can say or do will stop it now..
And that's about the gist of it, lame idea from King and Co and we're stuck with it because they think it's clever.
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I don't like this forever a flame business.

IMO only lifetime flames should get a retired number. I know its not a popular opinion, but if every Flame that has 4-6 awesome years here gets retired then the Flames will need three digit numbers.

Most of these guys played longer with other orgs. It seems needy to do this.

IMO its the sign of a weak team with little history. That's not the Flames.

f*&^%$k guys that left the team to get more money. They got paid, they left, thank you very much. I don't fault them, but the relationship with fans ended when they left.

When the Jarome festivities were over, I wiped away my tears and started cheering for Gio to destroy him.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:58 PM   #20
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Can someone help me out on this one... I get that a lot of you are not fans of this forever a Flame thing and are saying to just retire the number.

I thought that's what this is, but the Flames just had a special name for it? What is different with this?
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