Atlanta Flames

Atlanta Flames  

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Atlanta Flames Team Formation

It announced on November 9, 1971, that it was expanding to Long Island and Atlanta. The Atlanta franchise was awarded to Tom Cousins, who also owned the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, and would play out of the Omni Coliseum. The team cost $6 million.

Moving to Calgary

Cousins announced that he was seeking to sell the club following the Flames' exit from the playoffs. He claimed to have suffered significant financial losses on the team while low viewership hampered his ability to sign a television contract for the team. The team, estimated to have lost $12 million in its eight years, had been rumored for months to be moving to Calgary, though Dallas and Houston were also mentioned as possible destinations. The Seaman brothers, Daryl and Byron, had made an offer of $14 million while the City of Calgary prepared to build a new arena for the team. However, Canadian businessman Nelson Skalbania emerged as a rival bidder for the team before joining the Calgary consortium. The group agreed to purchase the Flames for $16 million, at the time the highest price ever paid for a National Hockey League team. The sale was announced on May 21, 1980, and the franchise became the Calgary Flames.

Olympic Saddledome Opens

In 1983, the Flames moved into their new home, the Olympic Saddledome, now known as the Scotiabank Saddledome. Located on the grounds of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, the Saddledome was built as a venue for the 1988 Winter Olympics. In three seasons in the Corral, the Flames lost only 32 home games. The Saddledome hosted the 37th NHL All-Star Game in 1985, a 6–4 victory by the Wales Conference.

Stanley Cup Winners

Stanley Cup - 1989
The 1989 Stanley Cup Final was between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, the top two teams during the 1988–89 NHL regular season. As of 2012, this is the most recent time that the first two seeds met in the Stanley Cup Final, as the New Jersey Devils had one win less than the Detroit Red Wings in 2000 - 2001 when they played against the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 finals. It is also the most recent time that the Final series was played entirely in Canada. The Calgary Flames are also the first relocated NHL team (from Atlanta in 1980 - 1981) to win the Stanley Cup. After their cup win, the Flames would not win another playoff series for 15 years, when they reached the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, but were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. This would be the seventh of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Edmonton Oilers x 6, Flames x 2).

Renovate Olympic Saddledome

In 1994, the Flames approached the Saddledome Foundation with a proposal to renovate the Olympic Saddledome, rename it the Canadian Airlines Saddledome and take over management of the facility. The board agreed to this proposal, and was bought out by the Flames for $20 million as the team signed a 20-year agreement to manage the building.

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Team Information Team History

Atlanta - Calgary

Flames - The Flames played in Atlanta from 1972 until 1980 and their nickname was a reference to the burning of Atlanta by General William T. Sherman during the Civil War.

Scotiabank Saddledome
1983 - present
Stampede Corral
1980 - 1983

Omni Coliseum 
1972 - 1980

Calgary Flames Limited Partnership
1980 - present
Tom Cousins
1972 - 1980

Established: 1972

League History:
National Hockey League
1972 - present

Team History:
Calgary Flames
1980 - present
Atlanta Flames
1972 - 1980

Stanley Cups: 1
1988 - 1989

Retired Numbers:
9 Lanny McDonald
30 Mike Vernon
99 Wayne Gretzky

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