When I was on my way to the good ol' monthly trade night earlier this week, I was listening to my local sports radio station and there was a great interview being conducted with a guy that I'm a big fan of.
note: I'm still trying to track down the audio from the interview as I think it's a quality listen. If I find it, I'll add it.
For those of you who don't listen to Calgary Flames radio, the name Mike Rogers might not mean much. But he had been the Flames color guy for the past 12 seasons - and a darn good one if you ask me.
Honest, knowledgeable and most of all zero ego. Rogers showed that you can have class and professionalism and still be a gravitating force.
It was recently announced that he would be retiring from the color slot next to Hall of Fame broadcaster Peter Maher and they will be big shoes to fill.
But the talk during my drive was less about his broadcasting career (at least the section I was listening to) and more about his hockey career. Believe it or not, Mike Rogers had a pretty solid pro hockey go.
When the WHA folded and four teams were merged into the NHL, Mike found himself (literally) in a whole new league of players. He was recently at WHA Day here in Calgary and mentioned that transition to me. He said that he was unsure if he could play at that level but decided to just stay the course.
And what ended up happening is something that only three other players in history have done.
Four guys - EVER. Try naming the other three.
Now some may say that it's a bit of a tainted record since he had a handful of seasons in the WHA. But to me....it's legit. If the NHL doesn't want to consider the WHA for squat, then in NHL terms Rogers first three seasons sit 105, 105 and 103.
How about Pat Boutette? Blaine Stoughton? Slim pickings.
To me, that's what makes the accomplishment all the more impressive. He played for (as he put it) a horrible team.
Traded...and still hit the century mark.
And the Rangers weren't much better back then. Ron Duguay and Mark Pavelich. Names you're not writing home about and have (other than Ron's hair) become a fairly forgettable part of hockey history.
Yet Mike Rogers posted three straight 100-point seasons.
He finished off his career after the 1986 season with 519 points in 484 NHL games. One can only imagine where his numbers would be if he would've played his entire career in the NHL.
He soon after was asked by the local Flames radio station if he'd be interested in doing some hotstove lounge work and he found he loved the work. He was with the Flames for over 20 years in total.
Congrats to Mike Rogers on your retirement. I'll miss hearing ya'.
So......figure out who the other three guys are? Two might be easy.
Gretzky & Lemieux. The third knocks a lot of amazing players off the list.
Crosby? Nope. Ovechkin? Nope. Orr? Nope.
Selanne? Thornton? Sakic? Bossy? Dionne? Hull? Jagr? Lafleur?
Nope. None of 'em.
Peter Stastny is the other guy.
So let's recap....
NOW YOU KNOW