Championships 1 - 1989 (NHL)
Championships 2 - 1986 (Campbell), 1989 (Campbell)
Championships 5 - 1988 (Smythe), 1989 (Smythe),
1990 (Smythe), 1994 (Pacific), 1995 (Pacific)
Appearances 22 - 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979,
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,
On May 21, 1980, the Atlanta
Flames became the Calgary Flames. They moved
from The Omni (capacity 15,141) to the Stampede
Corral (capacity 7,242) and exchanged their
fiery 'A'logo to an explosive-looking 'C' logo.
Calgary's and the Flames first
ever NHL game, in the Corral, was against the
Quebec Nordiques on Oct. 9, 1980, and ended
in a 5-5 tie. Flames forward Guy Chouinard scored
the first goal in the history of the Calgary
Flames at 8:45 of the first period against Quebec
goaltender Michel Dion.
The last game in the Corral was
a 6-5 playoff win over Edmonton on April 18,
1983. In three seasons in the Corral the Flames
played a total of 146 games (league, playoff
and exhibition) including a thrilling win over
the Soviet National Team on Jan. 2, 1983. The
Flames lost only 28 regular season and four
playoff games in the Corral.
In the space of 22 years, the
Calgary Flames have become one of the premier
franchises in the NHL -- on and off the ice.
They won the Stanley Cup (1988-89); two Presidents
Trophies, for first overall, (1987-88, 1988-89);
three Clarence Campbell Conference titles (1985-86,
1988-89, 2003-04); three season and two Smythe
Division playoff championships; two Pacific
Division titles; several NHL individual and
team honours; and numerous attendance records.
The Calgary Flames, will celebrate
their 25th NHL season and 22nd in the Pengrowth
Saddledome in 2005-06.
The Saddledome is one of the
best entertainment facilities in North America.
The Saddledome now seats 17,159 for hockey.
This facility opened Saturday, Oct. 15, 1983;
when Edmonton edged the Flames 4-3. The Flames
formally assumed management of the Saddledome
on August 1, 1994.
The Saddledome underwent renovations,
and was officially re-opened on October 25,
1995. New additions included premier dining
and meeting facilities, 46 Club Suites which
are 14 rows from the ice, plus two Super Suites
and a club seating section with exclusive restaurants
In conjunction with The Year
of the Cowboy in Calgary, the Flames unveiled
a new third jersey on June 23, 1998. The jersey
represents horse power with attitude and was
worn at selected games throughout the season.
On June 21, 2000, the third jersey became the
official road jersey of the Flames as they unveiled
a new home design while eliminating the red
In 2003-04 the Flames revived
an exciting new red jersey as the club's home
sweater while the traditional whites were worn
strictly for road games and the black jersey
became the alternate jersey.
The Sea of Red returned to the
'Dome in the spring of 2004 as the Flames headed
into the playoffs for the first time in eight
seasons. Led by captain Jarome Iginla and goalie
Miikka Kiprusoff, the Flames proceeded to defeat
three division champions en route to the club's
third Stanley Cup appearance. The underdog Flames
defeated rival Vancouver, heavily-favoured Detroit
and a fast San Jose team to reach the finals
against Tampa Bay.
The Lightning defeated the Flames
2-1 in Game 7 to claim the Stanley Cup.
The history of the Flames began
when a group of Georgia businessmen, headed
by Tom Cousins, were granted an NHL franchise
on June 6, 1972. In the first game at the Omni,
the Flames and Buffalo Sabres played to a 1-1
tie. Ironically, the first game in Calgary also
ended in a tie.
Whereas the Flaming C came to
represent the Calgary franchise, the name Flames
was arrived at by a contest in Atlanta to choose
the most representative nickname. Historically,
General Sherman captured the city of Atlanta
during the Civil War and burned the city down.
The flames that engulfed the entire city were
extinguished, and the rebirth of the Georgia
On May 21, 1980 Nelson Skalbania
announced that he and a group of Calgary businessmen
had purchased the Atlanta franchise and would
move the team to Calgary. Sixteen months later
Skalbania sold his interest. Ownership of the
Flames then consisted exclusively of six Calgary
business people until June 15, 1990 when Norman
Green left the Flames to become owner of the
Minnesota (now Dallas) Stars.
On August 8, 1994 the Flames
announced revisions to the clubs ownership structure
adding six new investors and seeing two (Norman
Kwong, Sonia Scurfield) of the teams original
owners leave by selling their entire interest
in the club. In 2001, the Flames ownership group
bought the interests of two members, Dr. Grant
Bartlett and Ronald Joyce. The Flames currently
have seven owners who jointly control operations
of the Pengrowth Saddledome, Flames and Major
Junior Hitmen Hockey Clubs.
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