Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/16/14

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 27: Joe Nieuwendyk #25 of the Florida Panthers stretches during warmups prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils on January 27, 2006 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
On Friday, Mar. 7, longtime Calgary forward Joe Nieuwendyk will be honored with the franchise’s highest honor, as his Forever a Flame banner will be raised to the Saddledome rafters. “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,” Nieuwendyk said in a statement. “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.” Nieuwendyk will join Lanny McDonald, Mike Vernon and Al MacInnis as Forever a Flame inductees — only McDonald’s No. 9 and Vernon’s No. 3 are technically “retired” — celebrating the 577 games Nieuwendyk played with Calgary during his career, in which he recorded 314 goals and 616 points. The 47-year-old, who has been linked to Calgary’s GM position, played in 1,257 NHL games with Calgary, the Dallas S
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