Every time he walks out of the Calgary Flames dressing room and onto the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Mark Giordano passes a cluster of 18 plaques commemorating the franchise’s historical achievements, as well as a few that haven’t been realized yet. Of course, there’s Jarome Iginla’s two Rocket Richard Trophies. But, wow, the Flames have had five Calder winners? And remember when Jiri Hudler won the Lady Byng back in 2014-15? That would make a good trivia question. Three of the plaques are empty. One of them is for the Hart Trophy, which would have Iginla’s name on it had he not been robbed of the award in 2002. Another is the Selke Trophy and the third is the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the best defenseman in the NHL. This year will mark the 65th time the Norris has been handed...
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