One of seven Canadian teams in the NHL, the Calgary Flames were originally the Atlanta Flames before relocating to the city. Calgary has produced plenty of fruitful seasons and, per the Flames’ team stats, several prolific Hall of Famers. The Flames have won the Stanley Cup and have come close a few times, but, as far as the NHL odds go, this team can be hit-or-miss.
Calgary is one of two teams playing in Alberta with the other being the Edmonton Oilers. Games between the two franchises are known as “The Battle of Alberta” and have produced many classics from the 80s to the current era. The Calgary Flames’ team stats also reveal that this team, historically, has had a good defense, although high-scoring games are still common.
- Stanley Cup
- 3x Conference Championships
- 8x Division Championships
- 2x Presidents’ Trophy
- Hart Memorial Trophy
- Art Ross Trophy
- Ted Lindsay Award
- Conn Smythe Trophy
- 2x Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy
- Vezina Trophy
- James Norris Memorial Trophy
- 5x Calder Memorial Trophy
- 2x Jack Adams Award
- 4x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
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All-Time Calgary Flames Records
- Lanny McDonald – Goals: 66 (1982-83).
- Jarome Iginla – Games: 1,219.
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Calgary Flames Stats & History
The Flames originally began in Atlanta in 1972 as part of the NHL’s expansion plans to compete against the World Hockey Association (WHA).
Then-owner Tom Cousins was inspired by the “March to the Sea” during the American Civil War, in which Atlanta was nearly burned to the ground. Atlanta found early success but Cousins’ financial difficulties forced him to sell the team to a Calgary-based group led by Nelson Skalbania.
The group would relocate the Flames to Calgary at the start of the 1980-81 season, where they kept the name. Led by the likes of Kent Nilsson and Guy Chouinard, the Flames remained a winning team and were quickly embraced by the city. A few seasons later, it would acquire the likes of Lanny McDonald and Al MacInnis, thus propelling the team to its first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in the 1985-86 season.
The Calgarians started the famous “C of Red” tradition whereby the fans would all don the red Flames jerseys. Though the Flames lost to the Canadiens, the team would return to the Finals three seasons later. This time, it would defeat the Canadiens to win its first Stanley Cup. MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the postseason.
Following the Stanley Cup run, the team deteriorated to mediocrity and had a playoff drought for nearly a decade. Jarome Iginla, who the team acquired via a trade, would slowly blossom into the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Then, in 2002, the team hired Daryl Sutter and acquired goalkeeper Miika Kiprusoff in goal.
Calgary would return to the Stanley Cup Finals, though they would lose to Tampa Bay in seven games. The Flames would remain perennial contenders even after Sutter’s and Iginla’s departures. The team has recreated itself with new stars and remains successful on occasion.
Over their years, the Flames have proved to be an enduring franchise, so continued playoff runs can be expected.