Moving to CalgaryCousins 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 ...
Olympic Saddledome OpensIn 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 ...
Stanley Cup Winner 1989The 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 ...
History of the Flames
The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1972 as one of four teams that joined the NHL from the World Hockey Association (WHA) and is owned by Canadian billionaire Murray Edwards.
In their first season as part of the NHL, they made it to Stanley Cup Finals but were ultimately defeated by Montreal Canadiens. Since then, they have been relatively successful, with five division titles and two conference championships. In the 1989-90 season, they won their only Stanley Cup championship against Montreal Canadiens, marking an end to “the curse” that plagued them since moving over from WHA more than a decade before.
Over the years, there have been many great players donning Flames jerseys, such as Al MacInnis, who holds the record for most points scored by a defenceman in a single game; Lanny McDonald, whose iconic mustache graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine; Theo Fleury who led the team scoring during the late 1990s; and Jarome Iginla who became face franchise after being drafted 11th overall 1998 draft class – just a few among many others whose contributions helped shape history this beloved hockey club into what it is today: perennial contender for Lord Stanley’s cup year after year!
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1972 – Present / National Hockey League
1980 – Present / Calgary Flames
1972 – 1980 / Atlanta Flames
Flames – The Calgary Flames have been a staple of the NHL since their inception in 1980. With such a long history, it’s no surprise that the team has an interesting story behind its nickname. The name “Flames” was chosen to represent the city of Calgary and its Western heritage.
Calgary is located near Alberta's Rocky Mountains, home to some of Canada's most famous wildfires. As such, flames were seen as an appropriate symbol for this region – one that could appropriately capture both the beauty and danger associated with these fires. Additionally, there is also some speculation that former owner Harley Hotchkiss may have chosen this name because his hometown hockey team (the Atlanta Flames) had recently relocated from Georgia to Alberta in the 1979-1980 season, just before he purchased ownership rights for what would become known as the Calgary Flames franchise.
In addition to representing local culture and tradition through their nickname choice, The Flaming C logo was designed by then-owner Daryl "Doc" Seaman, who wanted something unique yet recognizable enough for fans across North America. It features red lettering on a yellow circular background with orange flame accents - all colors representing fire itself! This logo has become synonymous with our beloved hockey club and our great city over time; you can often find people wearing apparel featuring this iconic design throughout town or at any game night!
Choosing “Flames” as their official moniker paid homage locally and nationally while still allowing them to create something uniquely theirs: A fiery representation that reminds us why we love cheering on our favorite NHL team so much each year!
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1983 – Present / Scotiabank Saddledome
1980 – 1983 / Stampede Corral
1972 – 1980 / Omni Coliseum
1980 – Present / Calgary Flames Limited Partnership
1972 – 1980 / Tom Cousins
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
9 / Lanny McDonald
12 / Jarome Iginla
30 / Mike Vernon
99 / Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history