|Founded||1972 (as Atlanta Flames)|
|Home ice||Pengrowth Saddledome|
|Colours||Red, gold, white and black.|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Head coach||Darryl Sutter|
|General manager||Darryl Sutter|
|Owners||Harley Hotchkiss, Murray Edwards, Alvin G. Libin, Allan P. Markin, Bud McCaig, Clayton H. Riddell, Byron J. Seaman, Daryl Seaman|
- Founded: 1972
- Formerly Known As: Atlanta Flames 1972-1980
- Arena: Pengrowth Saddledome
- Uniform colours: Home: Red with black, white and yellow trim; Road: White with red, yellow and black trim; Alternate: Black with red, yellow and white trim.
- Logo design: Home: A black "C" with white flames; Road: A red "C" with yellow flames; Alternate: A "horse head" with flaming nostrils; Assistant captains' "A" on jersey is a miniature Atlanta Flames logo.
- Mascot: Harvey the Hound
- Stanley Cups won: 1989
- Clarence S. Campbell Bowls won: 1986, 1989, 2004
- Presidents Trophies won: 1988, 1989
- Division Championships won: 1988, 1989, 1990 (Smythe), 1994,1995 (Pacific)
- Affiliated teams: Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (AHL), Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
- Main rivalry: Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks
It was announced by the National Hockey League that a new NHL team was to debut in Atlanta, Georgia for the 1972-73 NHL season as the Atlanta Flames. Many observers thought it ludicrous to have a team in the southern United States especially with the dilution of the talent pool due to the newly formed rival World Hockey Association (WHA). The team met with respectable success, though. The Flames had a good core of stars who helped them make the playoffs in six of their first eight seasons, a mark bettered only by the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, and New York Rangers.
Despite the on-ice success, the Atlanta ownership was never on sound financial footing, and eager for hockey in their home province, Calgary interests offered $16 million US for the team, the highest price to date ever paid for a NHL franchise. Tom Cousins, the majority Atlanta owner, promptly sold out. In their first year in Alberta, led by Kent Nilsson's 49 goals, the Flames won their first two playoff series (a sweep over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and a seven-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round) before bowing out to the Minnesota North Stars in the semi-finals.
This early success was not soon repeated. After a losing record in 1981-82, general manager Cliff Fletcher jettisoned several former Atlanta players and rebuilt the team's roster. His efforts to match the gifted Edmonton Oilers, though not wholly successful, led him to draw talent from areas previously neglected by the NHL. The Flames were one of the first teams to sign large numbers of U.S. college players, including Joel Otto, Gary Suter, and Colin Patterson. Fletcher also stepped up the search for European hockey talent, acquiring Hakan Loob and other key players. He was among the first to draft players from the Soviet Union, including CSKA Moscow star Sergei Makarov, but Soviet players were not released to Western teams until 1989. Still, the team was sufficiently improved to challenge the Oilers, who required the maximum seven games to defeat the Flames en route to their 1984 championship.
By 1986 the Flames had landed Doug Risebrough, Lanny McDonald, Dan Quinn, Al MacInnis, and goalie Mike Vernon. They beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, beat the Edmonton Oilers in the second round on Steve Smith's fluke goal into his own net in the seventh game, and also won in seven games over the St. Louis Blues. They were, however, no match for the Montreal Canadiens in the finals, losing in five games. On 7 March, 1988, the Flames traded away young future super-star Brett Hull along with Steve Bozek to the St. Louis Blues for Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley. In hind-sight, it looks like a bad trade as Brett Hull came out of his shell with St. Louis and became one of the best pure goal scorers in NHL history. But at that time, the aquisition of Wamsley and Ramage helped them win their first Stanley Cup in 1989 against the Canadiens.
After the Cup win, veteran captain Lanny McDonald retired to end his career with a Stanley Cup celebration. This victory was especially significant in that it marked the second time that an opposing team won the Stanley Cup on Montreal Forum ice (the first being the New York Rangers in 1928 ,against the Montreal Maroons).
In 1989, thanks in part to Fletcher's diplomatic efforts, the U.S.S.R. finally gave permission for a select group of Soviet hockey players to sign with NHL teams. The first of these players was Sergei Priakin, a forward who joined the Flames in time for their 1989 playoff run. Priakin never became an NHL regular, but his arrival blazed a trail for the large numbers of Russian players who entered the NHL beginning in 1989-90. Sergei Makarov joined the Flames that season and, though already in his thirties, won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. It was Fletcher's last great contribution to NHL hockey and to the Flames. In 1991, he left the team to become general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was succeeded by Doug Risebrough, who soon traded Doug Gilmour and four other Flames to his former boss for five inferior Toronto players. With that trade, the Flames entered a long, slow decline. After their 1989 championship, it was 15 years before they won another playoff series, and after 1996 they no longer even qualified for post-season play.
After seven consecutive seasons out of the playoffs, the Flames returned to glory in 2004, surprising the hockey world by defeating all three Western Conference division champions to become the first Canadian team in a decade to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flames' first victim was the Northwest Division winners, the Vancouver Canucks, in seven games. Then, they shocked the Central Division champions and President's Trophy winners for the best regular-season record, the Detroit Red Wings, in six games. After eliminating the Pacific Division champs, the San Jose Sharks, in six games in the Western Conference finals, the Flames earned a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. By this time, practically all of Canada had thrown immense support behind the Cinderella-story Flames, who had now become a hockey-mad country's first chance to win the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. The Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. flew the Flames flag beside the Maple Leaf, as did San Jose's city hall (after the Sharks lost the series, the Mayor of San Jose declared his city hall the world headquarters of Flames fans.) Calgary especially exploded in a non-stop fit of partying unprecedented in the normally conservative city (see "The Red Mile" below). The final series went to seven games, with the Flames suffering a controversial non-goal in game six at home. After winning game 6 in double overtime, Tampa Bay Lightning went on to hold the Flames to only 7 shots in the first two periods in game 7. The Flames went on to a late surge, but it was too little too late as they lost game 7 on June 7, 2004 by a score of 2-1.
The Red Mile
During the Flames' magical run to the finals of 2004, the city of Calgary became a non-stop party as the 1,000,000+ residents jumped on the Flames bandwagon. The 17th Ave SW entertainment district, which runs west from the Saddledome, flooded with as many as 100,000 red-clad fans after games. Similar celebrations had occurred during Flames celebrations during the successful 1980s and primarily took place along 11th Ave SW, then known as "Electric Avenue". During these celebrations, 11th Ave became known as "The Red Mile" and the "Red Mile" moniker was transposed to 17th Ave in 2004.
The "Red Mile" also gained notoriety quickly in 2004 as women would frequently celebrate a win by baring their breasts for the crowd atop shoulders or cars. The Red Mile party became world-famous and received coverage in newspapers around the world. While other sports-celebrating crowds frequently turn violent, such as soccer riots, the Red Mile was notable in that incidents were minimal, the crowds were positive, and only one arrest was made.
At the start of the 2005-2006 season, merchants and residents along 17th Avenue indicated their weariness of the Red Mile when celebrants again took to the streets during and after regular season games. While the celebrations during the Stanley Cup playoffs were in many cases genuine hockey fever, the revival in Calgary after the return of hockey from the year long lockout seemed less about hockey than an excuse for drunken antics. What had been a once in a lifetime celebration during the playoffs in 2004 threatened to be a season-long nuisance for 2005-2006 and the Calgary Police Service was encouraged to crack down on disturbances along the strip.
Career Leaders (1972-current)
- Games: Al MacInnis, 803
- Goals: Theoren Fleury, 364
- Assists: MacInnis, 609
- Points: Fleury, 830
- Penalty Minutes: Tim Hunter, 2405
- Goaltender Games: Dan Bouchard, 398
- Goaltender Wins: Bouchard, 168
- Shutouts: Bouchard, 20
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|25px||1980-81||80||39||27||14||--||92||329||298||1450||5th in Patrick||Lost in Semifinal (MIN)|
|25px||1981-82||80||29||34||17||--||75||334||345||1331||5th in Smythe||Lost in Division Semifinal (VAN)|
|25px||1982-83||80||32||34||14||--||78||321||317||1146||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Division Final (EDM)|
|25px||1983-84||80||34||32||14||--||82||311||314||1390||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Division Final (EDM)|
|25px||1984-85||80||41||27||12||--||94||363||302||1400||3rd in Smythe||Lost in Division Semifinal (WPG)|
|25px||1985-86||80||40||31||9||--||89||354||315||2297||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Stanley Cup Final (MTL)|
|25px||1986-87||80||46||31||3||--||94||318||289||2036||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Division Semifinal (WPG)|
|25px||1987-88||80||48||23||9||--||105||397||305||2431||1st in Smythe||Lost in Division Final (EDM)|
|25px||1988-89||80||54||17||9||--||117||354||226||2444||1st in Smythe||Won Stanley Cup|
|25px||1989-90||80||42||23||15||--||99||348||265||1751||1st in Smythe||Lost in Division Semifinal (LA)|
|25px||1990-91||80||46||26||8||--||100||344||263||2197||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Division Semifinal (EDM)|
|25px||1991-92||80||31||37||12||--||74||296||305||2643||5th in Smythe||Out of Playoffs|
|25px||1992-93||84||43||30||11||--||97||322||282||1951||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Division Semifinal (LA)|
|25px||1993-94||84||42||29||13||--||97||302||256||1847||1st in Pacific||Lost in Conference Quarterfinal (VAN)|
|25px||1994-951||48||24||17||7||--||55||163||135||1249||1st in Pacific||Lost in Conference Quarterfinal (SJ)|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||1995-96||82||34||37||11||--||79||241||240||1524||2nd in Pacific||Lost in Conference Quarterfinal (CHI)|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||1996-97||82||32||41||9||--||73||214||239||1444||5th in Pacific||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||1997-98||82||26||41||15||--||67||217||252||1859||5th in Pacific||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||1998-99||82||30||40||12||--||72||211||234||1389||3rd in Pacific||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||1999-00||82||31||36||10||5||77||211||256||1267||4th in Northwest||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||2000-01||82||27||36||15||4||73||197||236||1376||4th in Northwest||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||2001-02||82||32||35||12||3||79||201||220||1586||4th in Northwest||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||2002-03||82||29||36||13||4||75||186||228||1391||5th in Northwest||Out of Playoffs|
|[[Image:Calgary_Flames.gif||25px]]||2003-04||82||42||30||7||3||94||200||176||1428||3rd in Northwest||Lost in Stanley Cup Final (TB)|
- 1 Season was shortened due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout.
- 2 Season was cancelled due to the 2004-05 NHL lockout.
|Number||Player||Catches||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|30||Template:Flagicon||Philippe Sauve||L||2005||Buffalo, New York|
|34||Template:Flagicon||Miikka Kiprusoff||L||2003||Turku, Finland|
|Number||Player||Shoots||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|3||Template:Flagicon||Dion Phaneuf||L||2003||Edmonton, Alberta|
|4||Template:Flagicon||Roman Hamrlik||L||2005||Zlín, Czechoslovakia|
|5||Template:Flagicon||Steve Montador||R||2000||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|6||Template:Flagicon||Jordan Leopold||L||2000||Golden Valley, Minnesota|
|7||Template:Flagicon||Bryan Marchment||L||2005||Scarborough, Ontario|
|21||Template:Flagicon||Andrew Ference||L||2003||Edmonton, Alberta|
|28||Template:Flagicon||Robyn Regehr||L||1999||Recife, Brazil|
|44||Template:Flagicon||Rhett Warrener - A||R||2003||Shaunavon, Saskatchewan|
- Jarome Iginla 2003-
- Craig Conroy 2002-03
- Dave Lowry, Bob Boughner and Craig Conroy 2001-02
- Steve Smith and Dave Lowry 2000-01
- Steve Smith 1999-2000
- Todd Simpson 1997-1999
- Theoren Fleury 1995-1997
- Joe Nieuwendyk 1991-1995
- Rotating captaincy 1990-1991
- Brad McCrimmon 1989-1990
- Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski 1987-1989 (co-capts)
- Lanny McDonald, Doug Risebrough and Jim Peplinski 1984-1987 (tri-capts)
- Lanny McDonald and Doug Risebrough 1983-1984 (co-capts)
- Phil Russell 1981-1983
- Brad Marsh 1980-1981
Not to be forgotten
Note: Does not include Atlanta seasons
- Phil Housley
- Trevor Kidd
- Steve Konroyd
- Rejean Lemelin
- Tom Lysiak
- Jamie Macoun
- Robert Reichel
- Paul Reinhart
- Gary Roberts
- Mike Vernon
- Brett Hull
- List of Calgary Flames players
- Head Coaches of the Calgary Flames
- List of NHL players
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- Atlanta Flames
- National Hockey League rivalries