Calgary Flames History
The Calgary Flames franchise began their history in 1972 as the Atlanta Flames before eventually
relocating to Calgary in 1980. The Flames have long been a staple of Calgary and have enjoyed quite a bit of success in the
NHL. Their best team so far came together in 1989, when they snatched the Stanley Cup against rivals like the Montreal Canadiens.
While that has so far been the only Stanley Cup Championship for the franchise, the team has won the President's Trophy twice,
along with five division championships and three conference championships. The Calgary Flames schedule is always loaded from
season to season, and the intensity only gets kicked up a notch once it's playoff time. The Flames have struggles in recent
years but have begun to rebuild, acquiring young players and draft picks in a big trade that sent former captain Jerome Iginla
to the Penguins and appear poised to make a return to the top of the conference and division standings in the years to come.
About the Team
After just missing out on the playoffs last season, the talented Flames are eyeing the playoffs
in another memorable season of action. Don't miss out on a big game as the Calgary Flames look to pile up the wins and give
fans plenty to cheer about. The Flames are currently in sixth place in the Pacific Division but could make a charge at the
end of the season that might result in a playoff berth. Jiri Hudler has really sparked the offense this season leading the
team in points, assists, and plus/minus. In his first season 19 year old center Sean Monahan has led the team in goals and
given Flames fans hope for the future as well as plenty to cheer about. The Flames' offense currently ranks toward the bottom
of the NHL but they are clearly starting to turn things around and even if they should be left out of the playoffs this season
they will likely be in contention next season. The Calgary defense also is on its way up under the leadership and guidance
of captain Mark Giordano who is working with head coach Bob Hartley to help turn the young Flames team into a true threat
in the Western Conference. Now is an exciting time to be a Flames fan as they finally appear to be on the upswing again. Be
sure to get tickets from StubHub to be at Scotiabank Saddledome for all of the excitement.
fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the
NHL playoffs and fans of the Calgary Flames are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game
day at Scotiabank Saddledome the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the
clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are
ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility,
powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey.
By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and
you will already be planning a return trip. Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams
advance the more intense the competition becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you
experience an NHL playoff game live and in person.
NHL Western Conference Pacific Division
Division of the Western Conference of the NHL is made up of seven teams: the Anaheim Ducks, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton
Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Phoenix Coyotes, the San Jose Sharks, and the Vancouver Canucks. The Pacific Division was
formed in 1993 and is currently the only division in the NHL without an Original Six team. The most recent Stanley Cup Champion
to come out of the division is the Los Angeles Kings who won it in 2012. Three other Pacific Division teams have won the championship:
the 1995-1996 Colorado Avalanche, the 1998-1999 Dallas Stars (who are no longer in the division), and the 2006-2007 Anaheim
Ducks. There are several intense rivalries in the Pacific Division which means that every division game is going to be hotly
contested. Teams from the Pacific Division are regularly among the best in the Western Conference and are typically serious
contenders for a Stanley Cup Championship.
Two former Flames have had their numbers retired by
the organization, right wing Lanny McDonald and goalie Mike Vernon. The Flames, like all other teams in the NHL, have also
retired the number 99 worn by Wayne Gretzky although he never played for the team.