When Brandon’s own Matt Calvert took to the ice for the Colorado Avalanche’s second game of the young National Hockey League season on the weekend, the former WHL and AAA U18 Brandon Wheat King star reached a milestone that few locally-born players can claim to have attained.
The game was Calvert’s 500th in the NHL, a career that’s now into its tenth season.
On the night, the former BWK co-captain chipped in with his second assist in two games in helping the Avalanche to their second-straight win to start the season. Those early efforts have his career totals up to 83 goals and 177 points in the 500 games.
According to data compiled by QuantHockey, Calvert became just the tenth player born in Brandon to reach game 500. Topping that list is former St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils defenceman Bryce Salvador who played 786 games over a 14-year career.
According to the same list, Calvert has played the most games of any Brandon-born player currently in the league. Also active are Damon Severson (New Jersey, 363), Jordan Martinook (Carolina, 332) and Joel Edmundson (Carolina, 272).
Following Saturday's game, Calvert joined Colorado's broadcast crew for an opportunity to reflect on his career to-date and look forward to the team’s season ahead:
The Avalanche play in the province on November 12th when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.
Calvert’s former “Baby Blues” linemate Brayden Schenn was also in hockey news this week. Just over three months after winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues, the former scorer of 94 Western Hockey League goals agreed to an eight year, $52 million contract extension with the Blues through the 2027-28 season.
Photo: Michael Martin/Colorado Avalanche
Update: Oct 7, 11:30am. Added interview clip