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Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
Founded 1972 (as Atlanta Flames)
Home ice Pengrowth Saddledome
Based in Calgary
Colours Red, gold, white and black.
League National Hockey League
Head coach Darryl Sutter
General manager Darryl Sutter
Owner Harley Hotchkiss

The Calgary Flames are a National Hockey League team based in Calgary, Alberta.

Founded: 1972
Formerly Known As: Atlanta Flames 1972-1980
Arena: Pengrowth Saddledome
Uniform colours: Home: Red with Black, White and Yellow trim; Road: White with Red, Yellow and Black trim; Alternate: Black with Red, Yellow and White trim
Logo design: Home: A black "C" with white flames; Road: A red "C" with yellow flames; Alternate: A "horse head" with flaming nostrils; Assistant captains' "A" on jersey is a miniature Atlanta Flames logo
Stanley Cups won: 1989
Clarence S. Campbell Bowls won: 1986, 1989, 2004
Presidents Trophies won: 1988, 1989
Division Championships won: 1988, 1989, 1990 (Smythe), 1994,1995 (Pacific)
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Franchise history

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Calgary Flames (horsehead logo)

The Atlanta Flames (1972-1980)

When it was first announced that Atlanta, Georgia would have an NHL franchise starting in 1972, many hockey observers thought that a team based in the southern United States was a ludicrous and foolish move, especially since the talent pool was ravaged by repeated expansion and the raiding of the new World Hockey Association. The team met with respectable success on the ice, however, behind new star goaltender Dan Bouchard, solid defensemen such as Randy Manery and Pat Quinn, and forwards Tom Lysiak, Willi Plett, Curt Bennett and Eric Vail. The Flames would make the playoffs six of their first eight seasons, a mark bettered only by the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers in the entire history of the NHL. The team would not post a losing record after the 1974 season, and with the addition of scoring stars Bobby MacMillan and Guy Chouinard, and stellar forward Kent Nilsson after the WHA's collapse in 1979, respectable fan support presaged long-term success.

Career Leaders (Atlanta Flames)

Move to Calgary (1980-current)

However, the Atlanta ownership was never on sound financial footing, and eager for hockey in their home province, Calgary interests offered $16 million US for the team, the highest price to date ever paid for a NHL franchise. Tom Cousins, the majority Atlanta owner, promptly sold out. In their first year in Alberta, led by Kent Nilsson's 49 goals, the Flames won their first two playoff series (a sweep over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and a seven-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round) before bowing out to the Minnesota North Stars in the semi-finals.

By 1986 the Flames had landed Doug Riseborough, Lanny McDonald, Dan Quinn and goalie Mike Vernon. They beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, beat the Edmonton Oilers in the second round on Steve Smith's fluke goal into his own net in the seventh game, and also won in seven games over the St. Louis Blues. They were no match for the Montreal Canadiens in the finals, losing in five games. However in 1989, they won the Stanley Cup against the Canadiens allowing veteran captain Lanny McDonald to end his career with a Stanley Cup celebration. This victory was especially significant in that it marked the only time that an opposing team won the Stanley Cup on the Canadiens' home ice.

After seven consecutive seasons out of the playoffs, the Flames returned to glory in 2004, surprising the hockey world by defeating all three Western Conference division champions to become the first Canadian team in a decade to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flames' first victim was the Northwest Division winners, the Vancouver Canucks, in seven games. Then, they shocked the Central Division champions and President's Trophy winners for the best regular-season record, the Detroit Red Wings, in six games. After eliminating the Pacific Division champs, the San Jose Sharks, in six games in the Western Conference finals, the Flames earned a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. By this time, practically all of Canada had thrown immense support behind the Cinderella-story Flames, who had now become a hockey-mad country's first chance to win the Stanley Cup since 1993. The Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. flew the Flames flag beside the Maple Leaf, as did San Jose's city hall (after the Sharks lost the series, the Mayor of San Jose declared his city hall the world headquarters of Flames fans.) Calgary especially exploded in a non-stop fit of partying unprecedented in the normally conservative city. The final series went to 7 games, with the Flames suffering a controversial non goal in game six at home. After winning game 6 in double overtime, Tampa Bay Lightning went on to hold the Flames to only 7 shots in the first two periods in game 7. The Flames went on to a late surge, but it was too little too late as they lost game 7 on June 7, 2004 by a score of 2-1.

Career Leaders (1972-current)

  • Games: Al MacInnis, 803
  • Goals: Theoren Fleury, 364
  • Assists: MacInnis, 609
  • Points: Fleury, 830
  • Penalty Minutes: Tim Hunter, 2405
  • Goaltender Games: Bouchard, 398
  • Goaltender Wins: Bouchard, 168
  • Shutouts: Bouchard, 20

The Red Mile

During the Flames magical run to the finals of 2004, the city of Calgary became a non-stop party as the 1,000,000+ residents jumped on the Flames bandwagon. The 17th Ave SW entertainment district, which runs west from the Saddledome, flooded with as many as 60,000 red-clad fans after games. The street became known as "The Red Mile". It also gained notoriety quickly as women would frequently celebrate a win by baring their breasts for the crowd atop shoulders or cars. The Red Mile party became world-famous and received coverage in newspapers around the world. While other sports-celebrating crowds frequently turn violent, such as soccer riots, the Red Mile was notable in that incidents were minimal, the crowds were positive, and no arrests were made.

Year-By-Year Record

Atlanta Flames (1972-1980)

Year GP W L T OL GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
1972-73 78 25 38 15 - 191 239 65 7th West Out of Playoffs
1973-74 78 30 34 14 - 214 238 74 4th West Lost Quarterfinal (PHI)
1974-75 80 34 31 15 - 243 233 83 4th Patrick Out of Playoffs
1975-76 80 35 33 12 - 262 237 82 3rd Patrick Lost Preliminary (LA)
1976-77 80 34 34 12 - 264 265 80 3rd Patrick Lost Preliminary (LA)
1977-78 80 34 27 19 - 274 252 87 3rd Patrick Lost Preliminary (DET)
1978-79 80 41 31 8 - 327 280 90 4th Patrick Lost Preliminary (TOR)
1979-80 80 35 32 13 - 282 269 83 4th Patrick Lost Preliminary (NYR)

Calgary Flames (1981-present)

Year GP W L T OL GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
1980-81 80 39 27 14 - 329 298 92 5th Patrick Lost Semifinal (MIN)
1981-82 80 29 34 17 - 334 345 75 5th Smythe Lost Division Semifinal (VAN)
1982-83 80 32 34 14 - 321 317 78 2nd Smythe Lost Division Final (EDM)
1983-84 80 34 32 14 - 311 314 82 2nd Smythe Lost Division Final (EDM)
1984-85 80 41 27 12 - 363 302 94 3rd Smythe Lost Division Semifinal (WPG)
1985-86 80 10 31 9 - 354 315 89 2nd Smythe Lost Stanley Cup Final (MTL)
1986-87 80 46 31 3 - 318 289 94 2nd Smythe Lost Division Semifinal (WPG)
1987-88 80 48 23 9 - 397 305 105 1st Smythe Lost Division Final (EDM)
1988-89 80 54 17 9 - 354 226 117 1st Smythe Won Stanley Cup
1989-90 80 42 23 15 - 348 265 99 1st Smythe Lost Division Semifinal (LA)
1990-91 80 46 26 8 - 344 263 100 2nd Smythe Lost Division Semifinal (EDM)
1991-92 80 31 37 12 - 296 305 74 5th Smythe Out of Playoffs
1992-93 84 43 30 11 - 322 282 97 2nd Smythe Lost Division Semifinal (LA)
1993-94 84 42 29 13 - 302 256 97 1st Pacific Lost Conference Quarterfinal (VAN)
1994-95 48 24 17 7 - 163 135 55 1st Pacific Lost Conference Quarterfinal (SJ)
1995-96 82 34 37 11 - 241 240 79 2nd Pacific Lost Conference Quarterfinal (CHI)
1996-97 82 32 41 9 - 214 239 73 5th Pacific Out of Playoffs
1997-98 82 26 41 15 - 217 252 67 5th Pacific Out of Playoffs
1998-99 82 30 40 12 - 211 234 72 3rd Pacific Out of Playoffs
1999-2000 82 31 36 10 5 211 256 77 4th Northwest Out of Playoffs
2000-01 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73 4th Northwest Out of Playoffs
2001-02 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79 4th Northwest Out of Playoffs
2002-03 82 29 36 13 4 186 228 75 5th Northwest Out of Playoffs
2003-04 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94 3rd Northwest Lost Stanley Cup Final (TB)

Players

Current Squad

As of 27 March 2005

Goaltenders:

Defensemen:

Forwards:

Hall of Famers

Current stars

Not to be forgotten

Prospects

Retired Numbers

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Trophies and Awards: Stanley Cup | Prince of Wales | Clarence S. Campbell | Presidents' Trophy | Art Ross | Bill Masterton | Calder | Conn Smythe | Hart | Norris | King Clancy | Lady Byng | Lester B. Pearson Award | Rocket Richard | Plus/Minus | Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award | Jennings | Vezina
Related Articles: AHL | ECHL | WHA | World Cup

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