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1980–81 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 3rd Patrick
Conference 4th Campbell
1980–81 record 39–27–14
Home record 25–5–10
Road record 14–22–4
Goals for 329 (5th)
Goals against 298 (9th)
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Al MacNeil
Captain Brad Marsh
Alternate captains none
Arena Stampede Corral
Average attendance 7,217
Team Leaders
Goals Kent Nilsson (49)
Assists Kent Nilsson (82)
Points Kent Nilsson (131)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (239)
Wins Pat Riggin (21)
Goals against average Rejean Lemelin (3.83)
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The 1980–81 Calgary Flames season was the first season in Calgary and ninth for the Flames in the National Hockey League. The Flames finished 3rd in the Patrick Division and lost in the Semi-finals to the 1980–81 Minnesota North Stars season 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Flames came to southern Alberta from Atlanta, Georgia, where the franchise was known as the Atlanta Flames for the first eight years of its existence. The Flames became the third major-league team to represent the city of Calgary after the Calgary Tigers of the 1920s, and the Calgary Cowboys, which had folded in 1977.

The Flames were purchased for $16 million US by Nelson Skalbania in the spring of 1980. Before the sale was even announced, he had already sold 50% of the franchise to a group of Calgary-based investors including Harley Hotchkiss and Normie Kwong. On May 21, 1980, it was announced that the franchise was coming to Calgary.[1] While the Cowboys could not manage 2000 season tickets three years previous, the Flames sold 10,000 full and half-season ticket packages in 1980, selling out the Stampede Corral for every game played there.[2]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Flames first game was played October 9, ending as a 5–5 tie to the Quebec Nordiques. While still in the East-coast dominated Patrick Division, the Flames finished 3rd, and qualified for the playoffs. The franchise, which had won just two playoff games in Atlanta, won two playoff series in their first year in Calgary. After sweeping the Chicago Black Hawks, Calgary then downed the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games before falling to the Minnesota North Stars in the league semi-final.

Kent Nilsson led the Flames in scoring, and his 82 assists and 131 points remain franchise records to this day. Nilsson was also the Flames lone representative at the 1980 All-Star Game.[3]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

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]

1980–81 Game Log

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 4, Chicago Black Hawks 0[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3[edit | edit source]

Minnesota North Stars 4, Calgary Flames 2[edit | edit source]

1981 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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
Kent Nilsson 14 80 49 82 131 26 16 3 14 17 4
Guy Chouinard 16 52 31 52 83 24 16 3 14 17 4
Willi Plett 25 78 38 30 68 239 15 8 4 12 89
Paul Reinhart 23 74 18 49 67 52 16 1 14 15 16
Eric Vail 27 64 28 36 64 23 6 0 0 0 0
Bob MacMillan 11 77 28 35 63 47 16 8 6 14 7
Don Lever 12 62 26 31 57 56 16 4 7 11 20
Pekka Rautakallio 4 76 11 45 56 64 16 2 4 6 6
Jim Peplinski 24 80 13 25 38 108 16 2 3 5 11
Kevin LaVallee 15 77 15 20 35 16 8 2 3 5 4
Bill Clement 10 78 12 20 32 33 16 2 1 3 6
Ken Houston 6 42 15 15 30 93 16 7 8 15 30
Phil Russell 5 80 6 23 29 104 16 2 7 9 29
Bob Murdoch 20 74 3 19 22 54 16 1 4 5 36
Dan Labraaten 21 27 9 7 16 13 5 1 0 1 4
Jamie Hislop 17 29 6 9 15 11 16 3 0 3 5
Brad Marsh 22 80 1 12 13 87 16 0 5 5 8
Bert Wilson 8 50 5 7 12 94 1 0 0 0 0
Brad Smith 18 45 7 4 11 65 - - - - -
Alex McKendry 26 36 3 6 9 19 - - - - -
Earl Ingarfield 21 16 2 3 5 6 - - - - -
Denis Cyr 9 10 1 4 5 0 - - - - -
Randy Holt 7 48 0 5 5 165 13 2 2 4 52
Dan Bouchard 30 14 0 4 4 6 - - - - -
Dave Hindmarch 18 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 2
Greg Meredith 29 3 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Mike Dwyer 29 4 0 1 1 4 1 1 0 1 0
Gord Wappel 2 7 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Rejean Lemelin 1 29 0 1 1 2 6 0 0 0 0
Pat Riggin 31 42 0 1 1 7 11 0 0 0 0
Tony Curtale 3 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bobby Gould 19 3 0 0 0 0 11 3 1 4 4
Steve Konroyd 3 4 0 0 0 4 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only. Traded mid-season.
Bold denotes franchise record.

Goaltenders[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
Rejean Lemelin 1 29 1629 14 6 7 88 2 3.24 6 366 3 3 22 0 3.61
Pat Riggin 31 42 2411 21 16 4 154 0 3.83 11 629 6 3 37 0 3.53
Dan Bouchard 30 14 760 4 5 3 51 0 4.06 - - - - - - -.--

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 1980–81 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

June 2, 1980 To Atlanta Flames
2nd round pick in 1980 Entry Draft
(Steve Konroyd)
2nd round pick in 1981 Entry Draft
(Mike Vernon)
To Boston Bruins
Jim Craig
June 8, 1980 To Atlanta Flames
Randy Holt
Bert Wilson
To Los Angeles Kings
Garry Unger
June 10, 1980 To Atlanta Flames
2nd round pick in 1980 Entry Draft
(Kevin LaVallee)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Shand
3rd round pick in 1980 Entry Draft
(traded to Washington Capitals;
Capitals selected Torrie Robertson)
July 1, 1980 To Calgary Flames
Cash
To Washington Capitals
Jean Pronovost
October 9, 1980 To Calgary Flames
Alex McKendry
To New York Islanders
3rd round pick in 1980 Entry Draft
(Ron Handy)
January 30, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Jamie Hislop
To Quebec Nordiques
Dan Bouchard
February 3, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Dan Labraaten
To Detroit Red Wings
Earl Ingarfield
February 24, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To Detroit Red Wings
Brad Smith

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former team
LW Mike Dwyer Colorado Rockies
C Bob Francis University of New Hampshire (NCAA)
D Charlie Bourgeois Université de Moncton (CIAU)
Player New team

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Calgary's picks at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[4]
Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 13 Denis Cyr Flag of Canada Canada RW Montreal Junior Canadiens (QMJHL)193 41 43 84 36
2 31 Tony Curtale Flag of the United States United States D Brantford Alexanders (OHA) 2 0 0 0 0
2 32 Kevin LaVallee Flag of Canada Canada F Brantford Alexanders (OHA) 366 110 125 235 85
2 39 Steve Konroyd Flag of Canada Canada D Oshawa Generals (OHA) 895 41 195 236 863
4 76 Marc Roy Flag of Canada Canada RW Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
5 97 Randy Turnbull Flag of Canada Canada D Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) 1 0 0 0 2
6 118 John Multan Flag of Canada Canada RW Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
7 139 Dave Newsom Flag of Canada Canada LW Brantford Alexanders (OHA)
8 160 Claude Drouin Flag of Canada Canada C Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
9 181 Hakan Loob Flag of Sweden Sweden F Färjestads BK (SEL) 450 193 236 429 189
10 202 Steven Fletcher Flag of Canada Canada LW Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 3 0 0 0 5

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Zeman, Gary (1986). Alberta on Ice. ISBN 0969232004. 
  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 131.
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 141.
  • Team standings: 1980–81 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. Zeman, p. 92.
  2. Zeman, p. 94.
  3. All-Star Selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  4. Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed October 8, 2007.
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