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1972–73 Atlanta Flames · NHL
Division 7th West
1972–73 record 25–38–15
Goals for 191
Goals against 239
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Bernie Geoffrion
Captain Keith McCreary
Team Leaders
Goals Bob Leiter (26)
Assists Bob Leiter (34)
Points Bob Leiter (60)
Penalties in minutes Pat Quinn (113)
Wins Phil Myre (16)
Goals against average Phil Myre (3.03)
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- 1973–74

The 1972–73 Atlanta Flames season was the inaugural season for the Flames' franchise. The Flames finished 7th in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

NHL Amateur Draft[edit | edit source]

See also: 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 2. Jacques Richard Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
2 18. Dwight Bialowas Flag of Canada Canada Regina Pats (WCJHL)
3 34. Jean Lemieux Flag of Canada Canada Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
4 50. Don Martineau Flag of Canada Canada New Westminster Royals (WCJHL)
5 78. John Martin Flag of Canada Canada Shawinigan Bruins (QMJHL)
6 82. Frank Blum Flag of Canada Canada
7 98. Scott Smith Flag of Canada Canada Regina Pats (WCJHL)
8 114. Dave Murphy Flag of Canada Canada Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
9 130. Pierre Roy Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

NHL Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]

Pick Player Position Drafted From
1. Phil Myre G Montreal Canadiens
3. Dan Bouchard G Boston Bruins
6. Kerry Ketter D Montreal Canadiens
8. Norm Gratton LW New York Rangers
10. Ron Harris D Detroit Red Wings
12. Larry Romanchych RW Chicago Black Hawks
14. Bill MacMillan LW Toronto Maple Leafs
16. Randy Manery D Detroit Red Wings
18. Keith McCreary RW Pittsburgh Penguins
20. Ernie Hicke C California Golden Seals
22. Lew Morrison RW Philadelphia Flyers
24. Lucien Grenier LW Los Angeles Kings
26. Bill Plager D St. Louis Blues
28. Morris Stefaniw C New York Rangers
30. John Stewart LW Pittsburgh Penguins
32. Bob Leiter C Pittsburgh Penguins
34. Pat Quinn D Vancouver Canucks
36. Larry Hale D Philadelphia Flyers
38. Bill Heindl LW Minnesota North Stars
40. Frank Hughes LW California Golden Seals
42. Rod Zaine C Buffalo Sabres

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

When it was first announced that Atlanta would have an NHL franchise many hockey observers thought that a team based in the southern United States was a ludicrous and foolish move, especially since the talent pool had been diluted by repeated expansion and the upstart WHA. Nevertheless, the team quickly began front office operations, naming young Blues assistant general manager Cliff Fletcher as general manager. Soon after, Fletcher had found the team its first coach: former Canadiens star forward Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion.

The team was a pleasant surprise in its first season on the ice, its success built on new star goaltenders Dan Bouchard and Phil Myre, solid defensemen such as Randy Manery and Pat Quinn, and forwards Rey Comeau, (captain) Keith McCreary, Larry Romanchych and Bob Leiter. Despite its inexperience as a team, the Flames were quite successful in the beginning of their rookie season, posting a 20–19–8 record by January 19, 1973, off the success of their young goaltending tandem. Unfortunately, they lost 19 of their last 31 games, finishing out of the playoffs. Part of the problem as that in defiance of all geographic reality, the Flames were placed in the West Division—saddling them with some of the longest road trips in the league—and ultimately, the team's excellent defense and goaltending were sabotaged by its lack of goalscoring, finishing second worst in the NHL in that category. However, their 65 points were 35 better than the Islanders, who toiled at the bottom of the East Division.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 93
Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 85
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 85
St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 73
Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 73
Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 65
California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 48

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1972 3–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 1–0–0
2 L October 8, 1972 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 1–1–0
3 L October 11, 1972 1–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 1–2–0
4 L October 12, 1972 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 1–3–0
5 T October 14, 1972 1–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 1–3–1
6 L October 18, 1972 0–6 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 1–4–1
7 W October 21, 1972 3–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 2–4–1
8 L October 22, 1972 2–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 2–5–1
9 W October 25, 1972 4–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 3–5–1
10 L October 26, 1972 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 3–6–1
11 W October 28, 1972 2–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–6–1
12 W November 1, 1972 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 5–6–1
13 L November 2, 1972 1–6 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 5–7–1
14 T November 5, 1972 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 5–7–2
15 T November 8, 1972 3–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 5–7–3
16 W November 10, 1972 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 6–7–3
17 W November 12, 1972 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 7–7–3
18 L November 15, 1972 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 7–8–3
19 W November 16, 1972 4–0 New York Islanders (1972–73) 8–8–3
20 L November 18, 1972 1–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 8–9–3
21 W November 19, 1972 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 9–9–3
22 L November 21, 1972 1–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 9–10–3
23 L November 24, 1972 0–4 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 9–11–3
24 W November 26, 1972 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 10–11–3
25 L November 29, 1972 0–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 10–12–3
26 T November 30, 1972 5–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 10–12–4
27 T December 2, 1972 4–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 10–12–5
28 L December 3, 1972 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 10–13–5
29 W December 7, 1972 5–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 11–13–5
30 L December 9, 1972 1–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 11–14–5
31 L December 10, 1972 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 11–15–5
32 W December 13, 1972 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 12–15–5
33 L December 16, 1972 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 12–16–5
34 W December 17, 1972 4–0 New York Islanders (1972–73) 13–16–5
35 W December 20, 1972 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 14–16–5
36 W December 21, 1972 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 15–16–5
37 L December 23, 1972 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–17–5
38 L December 27, 1972 1–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–18–5
39 T December 30, 1972 1–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 15–18–6
40 W January 2, 1973 6–1 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 16–18–6
41 L January 3, 1973 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 16–19–6
42 T January 6, 1973 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 16–19–7
43 W January 7, 1973 5–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 17–19–7
44 W January 10, 1973 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 18–19–7
45 W January 12, 1973 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 19–19–7
46 W January 14, 1973 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 20–19–7
47 T January 17, 1973 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 20–19–8
48 L January 19, 1973 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 20–20–8
49 L January 21, 1973 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 20–21–8
50 L January 24, 1973 2–5 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 20–22–8
51 T January 26, 1973 3–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 20–22–9
52 W January 28, 1973 8–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 21–22–9
53 W February 1, 1973 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–22–9
54 L February 3, 1973 0–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 22–23–9
55 L February 4, 1973 0–6 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 22–24–9
56 L February 7, 1973 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 22–25–9
57 L February 9, 1973 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 22–26–9
58 W February 11, 1973 3–1 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 23–26–9
59 T February 14, 1973 3–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 23–26–10
60 L February 16, 1973 0–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 23–27–10
61 T February 17, 1973 3–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 23–27–11
62 T February 21, 1973 2–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 23–27–12
63 L February 25, 1973 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 23–28–12
64 T March 1, 1973 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 23–28–13
65 L March 3, 1973 0–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 23–29–13
66 W March 4, 1973 3–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 24–29–13
67 L March 7, 1973 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 24–30–13
68 L March 9, 1973 2–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 24–31–13
69 L March 10, 1973 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 24–32–13
70 T March 14, 1973 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 24–32–14
71 W March 17, 1973 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 25–32–14
72 L March 18, 1973 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 25–33–14
73 L March 22, 1973 1–4 New York Rangers (1972–73) 25–34–14
74 L March 24, 1973 0–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 25–35–14
75 L March 25, 1973 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 25–36–14
76 L March 28, 1973 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 25–37–14
77 L March 29, 1973 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 25–38–14
78 T April 1, 1973 4–4 New York Islanders (1972–73) 25–38–15

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Flames did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Bob Leiter 16 78 26 34 60 19 - - - - -
Larry Romanchych 21 70 18 30 48 39 - - - - -
Rey Comeau 18 77 21 21 42 19 - - - - -
Keith McCreary 9 77 20 21 41 21 - - - - -
Ernie Hicke 12 58 14 23 37 37 - - - - -
Curt Bennett 5 52 18 17 35 9 - - - - -
Randy Manery 7 78 5 30 35 44 - - - - -
John Stewart 17 68 17 17 34 30 - - - - -
Jacques Richard 15 74 13 18 31 32 - - - - -
Leon Rochefort 11 54 9 18 27 10 - - - - -
Bill MacMillan 20 78 10 15 25 52 - - - - -
Pat Quinn 3 78 2 18 20 113 - - - - -
Lew Morrison 8 77 6 9 15 19 - - - - -
Noel Price 4 54 1 13 14 38 - - - - -
Bill Plager 2 76 2 11 13 92 - - - - -
Noel Picard 22 41 0 10 10 43 - - - - -
Norm Gratton 10 29 3 6 9 12 - - - - -
Bob Paradise 6 71 1 7 8 103 - - - - -
Ron Harris 5 24 2 4 6 8 - - - - -
Morris Stefaniw 19 13 1 1 2 2 - - - - -
Kerry Ketter 24 41 0 2 2 58 - - - - -
Arnie Brown 19 15 1 0 1 17 - - - - -
Butch Deadmarsh 10 19 1 0 1 8 - - - - -
Dan Bouchard 30 34 0 1 1 12 - - - - -
Phil Myre 1 46 0 1 1 5 - - - - -
Bill Hogaboam 11 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Atlanta. Stats reflect time with the Flames only. Traded mid-season

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Phil Myre 1 46 2736 16 23 5 138 2 3.03 - - - - - - -.--
Dan Bouchard 30 34 1944 9 15 10 100 2 3.09 - - - - - - -.--

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Flames did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1972–73 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

June, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Ted Tucker
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
June, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Bill Hogaboam
To New York Rangers
Bill Heindl
October, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Brian McKenzie
To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
November 28, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Leon Rochefort
To Detroit Red Wings
Bill Hogaboam
February 13, 1973 To Atlanta Flames
Arnie Brown
To New York Islanders
Ernie Hicke
Future Considerations
(Bill MacMillan; May 29, 1973)
February 14, 1973 To Atlanta Flames
Butch Deadmarsh
To Buffalo Sabres
Norm Gratton

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former team
D Ed Kea St. Petersburg Suns (EHL)
Player New team

Claimed Off Waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Former team
D Noel Picard St. Louis Blues


Roster[edit | edit source]

Atlanta Flames
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Eight minutes of the second period of the Atlanta Flames first ever game on October 8, 1972 versus the Buffalo Sabres.

References[edit | edit source]


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