Calgary Flames Facts

The Flames are one of the most important sports teams in Canada

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A professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, the Calgary Flames are known for producing some of the most competitive hockey players in the world. As a member of the Western Conference, they are a member of the Pacific Division of the National Hockey League (NHL). It is Calgary's third major professional ice hockey team following the Calgary Tigers (1921–1927) and Calgary Cowboys (1975–1977). There are two NHL franchises within Alberta, the Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, and the two have a very strong rivalry, better known as the "Battle of Alberta".

1. In 1972, the Atlanta Flames were founded in Atlanta before relocating to Calgary in 1980.

2. The team is co-owned by Canadian billionaire Norman Murray Edwards, which is managed by Calgary Sports and Entertainment.

3. The team has an estimated valuation of 480 million U.S. dollars.

4. In 1983, the Flames moved into their current home arena, the Scotiabank Saddledome (originally known as Olympic Saddledome), after spending their first three seasons at Calgary's Stampede Corral.

5. The Flames became the first teams from Calgary since the Tigers from 1923-24 to contend for Stanley Cup in 1985–86.

6. A Stanley Cup championship was won by the Flames in 1988–89, their only trophy in team history.

7. The Vancouver Canucks were dispatched in seven games in 1989 by the Flames.

8. During the 1989 season, eight players were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

9. 117 points helped the Flames to the NHL's top spot in 1989.

10. In a Calgary Flames uniform, Miikka Kiprusoff has won the most games by a goalie.

11. In 2008, the team won the Heritage Classic during its second outdoor game, following an unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.

12. Two Presidents' Trophies have been awarded to the Flames, who have won seven division championships and two Presidents' Trophies.

13. A two-time winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy, the NHL's leading goal scorer Jarome Iginla is the franchise leader in games played, goals and points.

14. Among Calgary’’s teams that fought for the Stanley Cup, the Flames were not the first. Actually, that distinction belongs to the Calgary Tigers from 1923. During the mid-1920s and early 1930s, the Tigers took part in four leagues. In the 1923-1924 final, they were eliminated by the mighty Montreal Canadiens.

15. During nearly a decade, from the '80s to '90s, Sonia Scurfield was a co-owner of the Flames, which means her name appears on the Cup along with the players and staff of the ’89 team. She is only the second woman in history to have her name engraved on Lord Stanley.

16. A second-round sweep by the Calgary Flames saw fans celebrate an 8-3 blowout win by Flames fans in Game 2. The game involved Wayne Gretzky and his LA Kings.

17. A total of 21 Canadian players and coaches made up the 1989 Calgary Flames roster, but only five were from outside of Canada; these three players came from the US, Sweden, and Czechoslovakia.