1981–82 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 3rd Smythe
1981–82 record 29–34–17
Home record 20–11–9
Road record 9–23–8
Goals for 334 (5th)
Goals against 345 (T-13th)
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Al MacNeil
Captain Brad Marsh (until Nov 11)
Phil Russell (from Nov 11)
Alternate captains None
Arena Stampede Corral
Average attendance 7,231
Team Leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (40)
Assists Guy Chouinard (57)
Points Mel Bridgman (87)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (288)
Wins Pat Riggin (19)
Goals against average Pat Riggin (4.23)
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The 1981–82 Calgary Flames season was the second season in Calgary and tenth for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League. The follow-up to the Flames first season in Calgary proved to be disappointing on the ice. 29 wins represented the Flames lowest total since the franchise's inaugural season in Atlanta.[1] Despite the poor record, Calgary finished in third place in the newly organized Smythe Division, earning a playoff match-up against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames returned to their Atlanta form, being swept out of the post-season in three straight games, as the Canucks began their run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The 1981–82 season saw the Flames acquire Lanny McDonald from the Colorado Rockies, bringing the Hanna, Alberta product home. Sporting his trademark moustache, McDonald would spend his final seven seasons with the Flames, and remains an icon in Calgary. McDonald would score 34 of his 40 goals that season in a Flames uniform.

Pekka Rautakallio was the Flames representative at the 1982 All-Star Game.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Smythe Division
Edmonton Oilers 80 48 17 15 417 295 111
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 33 17 290 288 77
Calgary Flames 80 29 34 17 334 345 75
Los Angeles Kings 80 24 41 15 314 369 63
Colorado Rockies 80 18 49 13 241 362 49

Game logEdit

1981–82 Game log


1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit


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
Guy Chouinard 16642357801230116
Mel Bridgman 266326497594320214
Pekka Rautakallio 4801751684030000
Lanny McDonald 9553433673730116
Jim Peplinski 2474303767115310113
Kevin LaVallee 15753229613030007
Paul Reinhart 23621348611730112
Willi Plett 2578213657288312339
Kent Nilsson 14 41262955830332
Jamie Hislop 17801625413530000
Phil Russell 5714252911030112
Gary McAdam 28461215271830000
Denis Cyr 9/124512102213-----
Dan Labraaten 21 43101222630000
Bob Murdoch 2073317207630000
Don Lever 1223811196-----
Steve Konroyd 3633141778300012
Bill Clement 1069412162830002
Charlie Bourgeois 2542131511230007
Bob MacMillan 1123471114-----
Eric Vail 2764150-----
Kari Eloranta 81005514-----
Pat Riggin 152055430000
Dave Hindmarch 1893030-----
Bobby Gould 19163034-----
Eddy Beers 27511221-----
Mike Dwyer 2950220-----
Gord Wappel 21111016-----
Carl Mokosak 1910110-----
Brad Marsh 221701110-----
Rejean Lemelin 31340110-----
Randy Turnbull 22 10002-----
Bruce Eakin 1910000-----
Bobby Lalonde 11 10000-----
Tim Hunter 19 20009-----
Al MacInnis 11 20000-----
Pat Ribble 22/8 30002-----
Randy Holt 7 80009-----

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


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
Pat Riggin 152293419191120724.233194031003.09
Rejean Lemelin 31 3418661015613504.34-------.--


The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1981–82 season.


November 10, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Gary McAdam
To Detroit Red Wings
Eric Vail
November 11, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Mel Bridgman
To Philadelphia Flyers
Brad Marsh
November 25, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Lanny McDonald
4th round pick in 1983 Entry Draft
(traded to New York Islanders;
Islanders selected Mikko Makela)
To Colorado Rockies
Don Lever
Bob MacMillan
November 25, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Pat Ribble
2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft
(traded to Montreal Canadiens;
Todd Francis)
To Washington Capitals
Bobby Gould
Randy Holt
March 8, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To St. Louis Blues
Kari Eloranta

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
LW Gord Hampson University of Michigan (NCAA)
LW Carl Mokosak Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
D Kari Eloranta Leksands IF (Elitserien)
C Bobby Lalonde Boston Bruins
C Kari Jalonen Karpat Oulu (SM-liiga)
LW Eddy Beers University of Denver (NCAA)
Player New team
RW Dave Gorman Buffalo Sabres

Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[3]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
1 15 Al MacInnis Flag of Canada.svg Canada D Kitchener Rangers (OHL)141634093412741501
3 56 Mike Vernon Flag of Canada.svg Canada G Calgary Wranglers (WHL)781385–273–92, 3.00GAA
4 78 Peter Madach Flag of Sweden SwedenCN/A
5 99 Mario Simioni Flag of Canada.svg Canada F Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
6 120 Todd Hooey Flag of Canada.svg Canada F Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
7 141 Rick Heppner Flag of the United States United StatesDN/A
8 162 Dale DeGray Flag of Canada.svg CanadaD Oshawa Generals (OHL)153184765195
9 183 George Boudreau Flag of the United States United StatesDN/A
10 204 Bruce Eakin Flag of Canada.svg Canada F Saskatoon Blades (OHL)132244

Media AdsEdit

See alsoEdit


  • Player stats: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 130.
  • Game log: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 141.
  • Team standings: 1981–82 NHL standings
  • Trades: Individual player pages at
  1. Year-by-year results, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 106.
  2. All-Star selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  3. Calgary Flames draft history,, accessed December 16, 2007.

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