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The Calgary Flames will mark their 36th season and 37th year in Calgary with the 2016-17 NHL campaign.

For more than 30 years, the Calgary Flames have been electrifying hockey fans in southern Alberta. In that time, not only has the team established itself as a successful NHL franchise, but it has grown into a vital and integral part of our community. From their on-ice victories and awards to their off-ice charitable endeavours, the Flames have become one of the premier professional sports organizations in North America.

It all started in May of 1980 when Nelson Skalbania and a group of Calgary entrepreneurs consisting of Doc and B.J. Seaman, Harley Hotchkiss, Norm Green, Ralph Scurfield, and Norman Kwong announced the acquisition of the Atlanta Flames and declared their intention to relocate the franchise to Alberta. Calgarians lined up to support their new team. For the first time in NHL history, 755 standing-room season tickets were sold, generating a capacity crowd of 7,243 fans at the Stampede Corral for the Flames' inaugural game on October 9, 1980.

In their first decade, the Flames amassed an impressive record of milestones and achievements. The team made it to the postseason every year in the 1980s, capturing two Smythe Division championships, two Clarence Campbell Conference titles (1985-86, 1988-89), and two Presidents' Trophies (1987-88, 1988-89), and advancing twice to the Stanley Cup Final (1986, 1989), both times against the Montreal Canadiens. After falling to the Habs in five games in 1986, the Flames prevailed in a thrilling six-game series in 1989, becoming the only visiting team ever to win the Cup on Montreal Forum ice. Two of the players in that historic playoff run-Lanny McDonald (#9) and Mike Vernon (#30)-would ultimately have their jersey numbers retired by the organization, while two others -- Al MacInnis (#2) and Joe Nieuwendyk (#25) -- would be inducted into the "Forever a Flame" program.

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555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary, T2G 2W1

403-777-2177 | Email


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