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1979–80 Atlanta Flames · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
1979–80 record 35–32–13
Goals for 282
Goals against 269
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Al MacNeil
Captain Jean Pronovost
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team Leaders
Goals Kent Nilsson (40)
Assists Kent Nilsson (53)
Points Kent Nilsson (98)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (231)
Wins Dan Bouchard (23)
Goals against average Dan Bouchard (3.18)
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1978–79 1980–81

The 1979–80 Atlanta Flames season was the 8th and final season in Atlanta for the franchise. The franchise was bought and moved to Calgary, Alberta to become the Calgary Flames. The Flames finished 4th in the Patrick Division and lost in the Preliminary round to the New York Rangers 3 games to 1.

Regular Season[]

Final Standings[]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 327 254 116
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 281 247 91
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 308 284 86
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 282 269 83
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 261 293 67

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[]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1979 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 1–0–0
2 L October 11, 1979 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 1–1–0
3 W October 13, 1979 9–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 2–1–0
4 L October 16, 1979 1–5 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 2–2–0
5 L October 18, 1979 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 2–3–0
6 T October 20, 1979 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 2–3–1
7 L October 23, 1979 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 2–4–1
8 W October 26, 1979 7–3 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 3–4–1
9 W October 27, 1979 3–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 4–4–1
10 W October 30, 1979 3–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 5–4–1
11 T November 2, 1979 4–4 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 5–4–2
12 T November 3, 1979 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 5–4–3
13 W November 6, 1979 8–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 6–4–3
14 W November 9, 1979 5–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 7–4–3
15 L November 11, 1979 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 7–5–3
16 L November 13, 1979 3–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 7–6–3
17 L November 15, 1979 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 7–7–3
18 W November 16, 1979 4–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 8–7–3
19 W November 18, 1979 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 9–7–3
20 W November 21, 1979 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 10–7–3
21 W November 23, 1979 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 11–7–3
22 L November 25, 1979 2–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 11–8–3
23 L November 27, 1979 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 11–9–3
24 L December 4, 1979 2–6 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 11–10–3
25 L December 5, 1979 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 11–11–3
26 L December 7, 1979 1–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 11–12–3
27 W December 9, 1979 5–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 12–12–3
28 T December 12, 1979 5–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 12–12–4
29 W December 14, 1979 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 13–12–4
30 L December 15, 1979 1–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 13–13–4
31 L December 21, 1979 1–5 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 13–14–4
32 W December 22, 1979 7–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 14–14–4
33 L December 26, 1979 3–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 14–15–4
34 L December 28, 1979 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 14–16–4
35 L December 29, 1979 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 14–17–4
36 L January 4, 1980 3–6 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 14–18–4
37 T January 6, 1980 5–5 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 14–18–5
38 W January 8, 1980 2–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 15–18–5
39 W January 11, 1980 4–3 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 16–18–5
40 L January 12, 1980 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 16–19–5
41 L January 14, 1980 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 16–20–5
42 W January 16, 1980 5–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 17–20–5
43 W January 17, 1980 4–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 18–20–5
44 W January 19, 1980 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 19–20–5
45 T January 21, 1980 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 19–20–6
46 L January 22, 1980 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 19–21–6
47 T January 25, 1980 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 19–21–7
48 W January 26, 1980 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 20–21–7
49 L January 28, 1980 1–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 20–22–7
50 W January 30, 1980 4–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 21–22–7
51 W February 1, 1980 4–2 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 22–22–7
52 W February 2, 1980 5–3 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 23–22–7
53 W February 8, 1980 4–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 24–22–7
54 W February 10, 1980 6–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 25–22–7
55 T February 13, 1980 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 25–22–8
56 T February 16, 1980 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 25–22–9
57 L February 17, 1980 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 25–23–9
58 T February 19, 1980 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 25–23–10
59 W February 21, 1980 3–0 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 26–23–10
60 L February 23, 1980 5–6 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 26–24–10
61 T February 26, 1980 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 26–24–11
62 W March 1, 1980 4–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 27–24–11
63 W March 5, 1980 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 28–24–11
64 W March 7, 1980 9–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 29–24–11
65 W March 9, 1980 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 30–24–11
66 L March 10, 1980 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 30–25–11
67 T March 13, 1980 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 30–25–12
68 W March 15, 1980 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 31–25–12
69 W March 17, 1980 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 32–25–12
70 L March 18, 1980 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 32–26–12
71 W March 20, 1980 8–4 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 33–26–12
72 L March 22, 1980 2–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 33–27–12
73 L March 23, 1980 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 33–28–12
74 L March 25, 1980 4–5 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 33–29–12
75 W March 28, 1980 4–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 34–29–12
76 L March 30, 1980 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 34–30–12
77 L April 1, 1980 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 34–31–12
78 W April 2, 1980 7–3 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 35–31–12
79 L April 4, 1980 3–7 New York Islanders (1979–80) 35–32–12
80 T April 5, 1980 4–4 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 35–32–13

Playoffs[]

New York Rangers 3, Atlanta Flames 1[]

Player Stats[]

Skaters[]

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
Kent Nilsson 14 80 40 53 98 10 4 0 0 0 2
Guy Chouinard 16 76 31 46 77 22 4 1 3 4 4
Bob MacMillan 11 77 22 39 61 10 4 0 0 0 9
Ken Houston 6 80 23 31 54 100 4 1 1 2 10
Eric Vail 27 77 28 25 53 22 4 3 1 4 2
Paul Reinhart 23 79 9 38 47 31 - - - - -
Jean Pronovost 9 80 24 19 43 31 4 0 0 0 2
Ivan Boldirev 12 52 16 24 40 20 - - - - -
Phil Russell 3 80 5 31 36 115 4 0 1 1 6
Garry Unger 17/7 79 5 25 30 39 4 0 3 3 2
Willi Plett 25 76 13 19 32 231 4 1 0 1 15
Don Lever 12 28 14 16 30 4 4 1 1 2 0
Pekka Rautakallio 4 79 5 25 30 18 4 0 1 1 2
Bill Clement 10 64 7 14 21 32 4 0 0 0 4
Bob Murdoch 20 80 5 16 21 48 4 1 1 2 2
Darcy Rota 18 44 10 8 18 49 - - - - -
Paul Henderson 15/19 30 7 6 13 6 4 0 0 0 0
Brad Marsh 5 80 2 9 11 119 4 0 1 1 2
Dave Shand 8 74 3 7 10 104 4 0 1 1 0
Curt Bennett 2 21 1 3 4 0 - - - - -
Bobby Lalonde 7 3 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Dan Bouchard 30 53 0 1 1 34 4 0 0 0 2
Bobby Gould 22 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Earl Ingarfield 21 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0
Gord Wappel 24 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
Reggie Lemelin 1 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rick Adduono 17 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Dave Gorman 15 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Serge Beaudoin 24 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jim Craig 1 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Brad Smith 24 4 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Pat Riggin 31 25 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[]

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
Dan Bouchard 30 53 3076 23 19 10 163 2 3.18 4 240 1 3 14 0 3.49
Pat Riggin 31 25 1368 11 9 2 73 0 3.20 - - - - - - -.--
Jim Craig 1 4 206 1 2 1 13 0 3.79 - - - - - - -.--
Reggie Lemelin 1 3 150 0 2 0 15 0 6.00 - - - - - - -.--

Awards and Records[]

  • The Flames did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1979–80 season.

Trades[]

May 24, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Curt Bennett
To St. Louis Blues
Bobby Simpson
October 10, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Garry Unger
To St. Louis Blues
Ed Kea
Red Laurence
2nd round pick in 1981 (Hakan Nordin)
October 23, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Future considerations
To Boston Bruins
Bobby Lalonde
February 8, 1980 To Atlanta Flames
Don Lever
Brad Smith
To Vancouver Canucks
Ivan Boldirev
Darcy Rota

Free Agents[]

Player Former team
D Pekka Rautakallio Assat Pori (SM-liiga)
D Serge Beaudoin Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
RW Dave Gorman Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
LW Paul Henderson Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
C Rick Adduono Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
LW Earl Ingarfield Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
Player New team
G Yves Belanger Boston Bruins

Expansion Draft[]

See also: 1979 NHL Expansion Draft
Player Selected by
LW John Gould Edmonton Oilers
D Rick Hodgson Hartford Whalers
C Gene Carr Winnipeg Jets


Draft Picks[]

See also: 1979 NHL Entry Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 12. Paul Reinhart (D) Flag of Canada Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
2 23. Mike Perovich (D) Flag of Canada Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2 33. Pat Riggin (G) Flag of Canada Canada London Knights (OHA)
3 54. Tim Hunter (RW) Flag of Canada Canada Seattle Breakers (WHL)
4 75. Jim Peplinski (RW) Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
5 96. Brad Kempthorne (F) Flag of Canada Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
6 117. Glenn Johnson (C) Flag of Canada Canada University of Denver (NCAA)

References[]

Relocated and Defunct NHL Teams
Relocated Atlanta Flames · Atlanta Thrashers · Colorado Rockies · Hartford Whalers · Kansas City Scouts · Minnesota North Stars · Quebec Nordiques · Winnipeg Jets
Defunct Oakland / California (Golden) Seals · Cleveland Barons · Hamilton Tigers · Montreal Maroons · Montreal Wanderers · New York/Brooklyn Americans · Ottawa Senators (original) · Philadelphia Quakers · Pittsburgh Pirates · Quebec Bulldogs · St. Louis Eagles
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