My Top 5 | Nathan Dales

When he’s not busy bringing the big laughs to the small screen, Nathan Dales, who plays Daryl on the hit CraveTV series, Letterkenny, enjoys watching (or talking about) his beloved Calgary Flames.

When he’s not busy bringing the big laughs to the small screen, Nathan Dales, who plays Daryl on the hit CraveTV series, Letterkenny, enjoys watching (or talking about) his beloved Calgary Flames.

A native of Calgary, the talented actor stopped by NHLPA.com to deliver his favourite Flames players of all time  - not in any specific order – including a former captain he managed to get his picture taken with.

Nathan Dale's Top 5 Flames


1. Mike Vernon

“He was a goaltender who did a lot of good things for the Calgary Flames. He was in net for the Flames the same time I was a goaltender playing for a minor league lacrosse team. I always had an affinity for him because he was alone out there getting pounded – the Flames weren’t doing so well at that time – and I felt the same way a lot of the time on the lacrosse field.”

2. Jarome Iginla

“Growing up and watching him be the face of the franchise was so interesting. A guy with a lot of class that can score goals, drop the gloves and make big plays. I had season’s tickets for Calgary’s Cup run in 2004 and I watched him play so well in the playoffs. It was so cool.

“I met Jarome in a bar in my teens. I think I was 18 or maybe I was underage. I can’t quite remember. I got a photograph with him when there was no such thing as camera phones. I had a disposable camera with me and got a picture with him. I’m trying to play it cool. So, in the photo, Jarome has this great smile and I basically look like I’m about to explode. Man, that was so cool.”

3. Johnny Gaudreau

“I’m going with Johnny because of his size and skill. He’s such a good player. He’s small, but his speed, his stickhandling ability and his hands – he’s definitely fun to watch.”

4. Lanny McDonald

“You have to take Lanny, no questions asked. Obviously, it’s because of his mustache…just kidding. He was fantastic.”

5. Theo Fleury

“I like him for some of the reasons I like Johnny Gaudreau. He was small, he was quick and he was an agitator. And boy did he have great hands.”