Blair Betts was born February 16, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta. The 2nd choice, 33rd overall selection of the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Betts is a graduate of the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars.
The Edmonton, Alberta native played four years in Prince George and had three 20+ goal seasons before joining Calgary's AHL affiliate in Saint-John for the 2000-01 season. Finishing with 28 points in his first season of professional hockey, Betts and the Flames went on to capture their first Calder Cup Championship with a four games to two series win over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.
In 2001-02 Betts led Saint-John in scoring with 49 points while also playing a handful of games with the parent club. Betts has since played the majority of his games with Saint-John with a few games at the NHL level with Calgary. During the 2003-04 season, Betts played in 20 games with the Flames before being dealt to the New York Rangers in a trade that brought Chris Simon to Calgary.