2003 Calgary Flame Draft Selections


Position: Defence
Height: 6'2-1/2"
Weight: 236
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: January 11, 1984
Birthplace: Shawinigan, PQ
Acquired: Drafted in 2003 (7th Rd, #206)


The Flames added big and the Flames added mean when they drafted the 6'2+" Thomas Bellemare from the QMJHL. Already listed at 236 pounds, the hostile young defenceman had 474 minutes in penalties last year for his junior club in Drumondville.

Clearly the pick has home grown enforcer written all over it. In today's NHL a club's pugilist tends to play up front, suggesting the wing might be his best chance to make the show. He has the size and willingness to do the dirty work at the NHL level. (ranked top Q' fighter by thefightingmajor.com)

We know little of the skill set that surrounds Bellemare's clear physical leanings. If he doesn't have the skating ability to make the grade then there's little chance to make the jump.


Pick Appraisal:

Thumbs up again. The Flames have lacked a true intimidating presence in their line up since Sandy McCarthy moved to Tampa a number of years ago. You need to draft and develop these guys.

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 Drumondville QMJHL 67 5 3 8 474

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