The 2016-17 NHL season was number 37 for the Calgary Flames in Calgary and number 45 overall in the league. Although they lost four games to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round of the 2016-17 NHL playoff series, the team’s performance over its 82-game regular season cannot be termed as a failure.
The fact that the team shook off a rough season start, bounced back from another slump in January and came together to win ten consecutive games on their way to a playoff berth is admirable indeed.
The Flames are back and have championship aspirations for this upcoming season. Led by a talented young core, Calgary is poised to reign atop of the pacific division and bring home a Stanley Cup trophy. Division rivals, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks will fight to stop the Flames in their tracks.
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Standout Moments in Calgary Flames History
The Memorable 1989 Stanley Cup Win - On May 25, 1989, the Calgary Flames clashed with the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum to avenge their three-year old defeat in the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals. It was a game between the top seeds from the Prince of Wales Conference (now Eastern Conference) and the Campbell Conference (now Western Conference).
Calgary defeated Montreal in six games to win their first ever Stanley Cup. The winning goal was scored by Dough Gilmour and Al MacInnis was named the playoffs’ Most Valuable player.
First Appearance in Stanley Cup Finals - Looking to make their way to the Stanley Cup for the first time, the Flames were defeated convincingly in Game 6 by the St. Louis Saints. The Blues overcame a three-goal deficit with only 12 minutes left in the third period and Doug Wickenheiser’s game-winning goal earned them a glorious win which the Saints dubbed as the Monday Night Miracle.
However, just two days after this loss, the Flames and the Canadiens met at the Scotiabank Saddledome on May 14, 1989, for Game 7. Calgary won 2-1 on goals by Colin Patterson and Al Maclnnis which led Lanny McDonald and the Flames to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
Calgary Flames Archrivals
Vancouver Canucks - The Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks rivalry takes place in the Pacific Division of the NHL. While the Canucks started off as an expansion team in the 1970-71 season, the Flames began play as a relocated team from Atlanta during the 1980-81 season.
The roots of this bitter rivalry between the Flames and the Canucks lie in the stark political, economic and geographic differences between the two cities. They are separated by the Rocky Mountains which not only serve as a geographical barrier between the cities but also a political one. The animosity and competitiveness between Western Canada’s biggest cities hence gains momentum every time the two sides hit the ice.
Edmonton Oilers - The rivalry between the city of Edmonton and that of Calgary is referred to as The Battle of Alberta. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta province while Calgary is its most populous city.
The Edmonton Oilers switched from the World Hockey Association to become a part of the NHL in 1979. The Atlanta Flames followed suit after their move to Calgary in 1980. This gave rise to a debate about which side would reign as Alberta’s top team.
The Flames-Oilers rivalry became more intense during the late 1980s. This was when they were the top teams in the Campbell Conference and perhaps in the NHL as well. Between 1983 and 1990, either Flames or Oilers represented the Campbell Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals. During this period, Alberta teams brought home a total of six Stanley Cups (out of the total eight played).
Greatest Players in Calgary Flames History
Jarome Iginla - Former captain and long-time member of the Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla is the only player to have played over 1,000 games with the team. He leads the franchise record in terms of goals and points and is only second to Al Maclnnis in assists. He is among the seven players in the history of the league to score more than 600 goals and among the 34 NHL players to post 13,000 points in his career.
In the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Iginla took over as the 18th captain of the franchise. He won his second Rocket Richard Trophy as a captain and by doing so shared the goal-scoring title with Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk. Under Kovalchuk’s captaincy, the Flames made it to the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs as the sixth seed. This was the team’s first appearance in the playoffs in eight years.
Jarome Iginla was also honored with the prestigious Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Al MacInnis - During his time with the Calgary Flames, Maclnnis caused great damage to the rivals from the Flames’ blue line. He won the hardest shot contest in the league’s skills competition a total of seven times. Two of these wins came as part of the Flames. MacInnis won the esteemed Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs in 1989 after he led the team to its first Stanley Cup victory.
Al MacInnis has the honor of being the first Flames defenseman and fourth in league history to post a 100-point season. Al MacInnis ended his stint with the Flames with 822 points in 803 games. This includes a franchise record of 609 assists.
Calgary Flames Live Games
The schedule for the Calgary Flames’ preseason and regular season has been announced. The upcoming games pit the Flames against exciting rivals such as the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers. To find out as to how much Calgary Flames season tickets are for, take a look at the events’ tickets page.
Flames’ captain Mark Giordano is confident about his team. He has stated that the moves made in the offseason have put the team in a great position. Giordano expects his team to reach the 100 points mark in the upcoming season.
Join Harvey the Hound and the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome to catch all the excitement in person! Fans can enjoy Dutton's Canadian Lounge, The HSBC Saddleroom Restaurant, the Alumni Lounge and The Whiskey all inside the arena.