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The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The Calgary Flames play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Minnesota Wild, the Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks. Flames tickets will be a hot item during the 2014-2015 NHL hockey schedule.
Calgary Flames 2014-2015 Outlook
Last year’s Flames weren’t good, but they worked hard and ended up putting more points on the board than just about anyone expected. This year’s edition figures to be about the same in terms of talent, although they’d quickly tip into “better” territory if Hiller could regain his old form.
Either way, this is a rebuilding team with an eye on the future. The trio of Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and this year’s no. 4 overall pick, Sam Bennett, are a good start, although Monahan may be the only one of that group who plays a full season in the NHL. Then you’ve got prospects like Sven Baertschi and Tyler Wotherspoon, plus good young NHL players like Mikael Backlund and Joe Colborne and … well, you get the point. The Flames are building something here. It just won’t be ready for a few more years.
The Calgary Flames franchise was originally founded in 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Flames. In 1971, the NHL granted a franchise to the New York Islanders to keep the World Hockey Association’s New York Raiders out of the brand new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. In order to balance the conferences, the NHL awarded a franchise to an Atlanta-based group (headed by Atlanta real estate developer Tom Cousins) that owned the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. The Atlanta Flames advanced to the playoffs in 6 of the 8 years that the team played in Atlanta, but the team never advanced further than the Conference Quarterfinals. Tom Cousins’ financial group was never on solid footing and in 1980, the group had to sell the Atlanta Flames franchise in order to avoid bankruptcy. Cousins’ group sold the team to a Calgary-based investment group headed by Canadian entrepreneur Nelson Skalbania and the team moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The city of Calgary immediately embraced the franchise, and the team has been known as the Calgary Flames ever since. From 1980 through 1991, the team advanced to the NHL playoffs each and every year. The Calgary Flames won 40 games in 1986 and made a spirited run to the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup Finals with upset 7-game victories over the Edmonton Oilers in the Division Finals and the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Finals. The Calgary Flames lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals, winning only 1 game in the series. The Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup title in 1989 with a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Calgary Flames have retired the following players’ numbers: Lanny McDonald’s #9; Mike Vernon’s #30; and Wayne Gretzky’s #99 (retired league-wide by the NHL on February 6, 2000).
Calgary Flames TV/Radio
All Calgary Flames hockey games can be seen on the Rogers Sportsnet West television network in the greater Calgary, Alberta area. ESPN has television rights to Calgary Flames hockey games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the Calgary Flames flagship station FAN 960 on your AM dial to catch each Calgary Flames hockey game on the radio.
The Calgary Flames play their home games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Scotiabank Saddledome is the primary indoor arena of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Located on the Stampede Grounds, on the east end of downtown Calgary, the Saddledome was built in 1983 to replace the Stampede Corral as the home of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, and to host ice hockey and figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Today the arena is also home to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.
The facility also hosts concerts, conferences and other sporting championships, and events for the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. It underwent a major renovation in 1994–95 and sold its naming rights, during which its original name of Olympic Saddledome was changed to Canadian Airlines Saddledome. The facility was given the name Pengrowth Saddledome in 2000, after Pengrowth Management Ltd. signed a ten-year agreement. It adopted its current name in October 2010 as Scotiabank signed on as title sponsor.
The Saddledome is owned by the City of Calgary who leased it to the Saddledome Foundation, a non-profit organization, to oversee its operation. It is managed by the Calgary Flames, who have a lease agreement until 2014.
The Saddledome was damaged during the 2013 Alberta floods but was repaired and reopened in time for the 2013-14 NHL season.
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