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Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames are a National Hockey League team based in Calgary, Alberta.

Founded: 1972
Formerly Known As: Atlanta Flames 1972-1980
Arena: Pengrowth Saddledome[?]
Uniform colors: Home: White with Red, Yellow and Black trim
Road: Black with Red, Yellow and White trim
Logo design: Home: A red "C" with yellow flames; Road: A "horse head" with flaming nostrils
Stanley Cups won: 1989

Clarence S. Campbell Trophys[?] won: 1986, 1989

Presidents Trophys[?] won: 1988, 1989

Division Championships won: 1988, 1989, 1990 (Smythe), 1994,1995 (Pacific)

Franchise history

When it was first announced that Atlanta would have an NHL franchise starting in 1972, many hockey observers thought that a team based in the southern United States was a ludicrous and foolish move. And they were right - to a point. They finished near the bottom of the league in attendance each year, and never won a playoff series during their eight seasons in Georgia.

In 1980, a soft economy in Atlanta caused the team to be sold to interests in Calgary, and the Atlanta Flames became the Calgary Flames. 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.

By 1986 the Flames had landed Doug Risebrough[?], Lanny MacDonald[?], Dan Quinn[?] 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 no match for the Montreal Canadiens in the finals, losing in five games.

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Players of Note

Hall of Famers: Lanny McDonald (1992)

Current stars: Jarome Iginla, Chris Drury, Roman Turek

Not to be forgotten: Mike Vernon, Al MacInnis, Theoren Fleury, Joe Niewendyk, Jim Peplinski, Hakan Loob

Retired Numbers: #9, Lanny McDonald

Calgary Flames official web site (http://www.calgaryflames.com/home)



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