I’m a big fan of what Craig Conroy has done for the Calgary Flames. Like Jarome Iginla, Craig has done so much for the city of Calgary by really being embedded into the community. He’s gone from player to management (at both the AHL and NHL stages!).
Craig started his career by being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens back in 1990, going 123rd overall. Looking at the Canadiens’ draft choices that year, Craig went on to be the most successful of the bunch. He played a total of 1,009 NHL games while the rest of the picks that year played a total of 1,059 games. It’s too bad since of those 1,009 games, he only played 15 of them for the Montreal Canadiens.
He never really got the shot he was looking for with the Canadiens and was traded to the St.Louis Blues for Pierre Turgeon and Rory Fitzpatrick in exchange for Murray Baron, Shayne Corson and a draft pick. During his tenure with the Blues, he played five full season and got to the playoffs for four of them.
It was a trade for Cory Stillman in 2000 which really supplanted Craig as a popular player as he played alongside Jarome Iginla on the top line. It’s well documented that the pair developed great chemistry and an everlasting friendship.
After his playing days were over and retirement was official, he began his management career with the Flames’ affiliate team, the Abbotsford Heat. Now he’s the current assistant general manager of the Calgary Flames and looking to finally bring home a Stanley Cup to the City of Calgary.
Gettin’ the auto
Another long wait for an autograph in the mail, this time from Craig Conroy. He signed this card in 273 days through a private address that I found on a forum. He signed this old Upper Deck Vinatage hockey card for me in a blue sharpie. This is actually the second time I’ve gotten an autograph from Craig in the mail.
Some news articles about (or quoted from) Craig Conroy!
A video review of Craig Conroy
Take a look at this interview with a Flames Junior Reporter and Craig