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The Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have a love and hate relationship with the Edmonton Oilers who also call the province of Alberta home.

The History and Humble Beginnings

The Flames play their home games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames were founded on December 30, 1971, the Atlanta Flames relocated to Calgary. The team was officially renamed the “Calgary Flames” in January of 1984. Since their inception, they have won two President’s Trophies as the top regular-season team in the league (which they have won five times total), nine division titles, and two Western Conference championships. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games to win their first Cup in 1989, and then they claimed their second on June 19, 2004, by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games as well. Read more facts about the Calgary flames below.

The Flames are worth at least $250 million according to some estimates. However, the Flames were valued at $170 million when they were last sold in 2004. The team was sold to a group led by Canadian billionaire N. Murray Edwards who paid around $188 million for the franchise at that time.

Who was the first captain of the Calgary Flames?

The first captain for the Calgary Flames was Terry Crisp. He played left wing and remained with the team until 1976 when he retired. During his time with the Calgary Flames, he amassed 413 points (183 goals and 230 assists). Crisp played on three different Stanley Cup-winning teams during his career, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

Jerome Iginla is the best player in franchise history. He is a Hall of Famer and played in the National Hockey League from 1996 to 2017.