1982–83 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 2nd Smythe
1982–83 record 32–34–14
Home record 21–12–7
Road record 11–22–7
Goals for 321 (T-7th)
Goals against 317 (13th)
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Bob Johnson
Captain Phil Russell
Alternate captains None
Arena Stampede Corral
Average attendance 7,242
Team Leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (66)
Assists Guy Chouinard (59)
Points Kent Nilsson (104)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (138)
Wins Rejean Lemelin (16)
Don Edwards (16)
Goals against average Rejean Lemelin (3.61)
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The 1982–83 Calgary Flames season was the third season in Calgary and 11th for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League. Despite finishing the season below .500, the Flames had their best ever finish in the division standings, placing second in the Smythe Division.[1] In the playoffs, Calgary was able to avenge the previous season's defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks by knocking off Vancouver in four games. In the second round, the Flames met up with their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, for the first time. The series would not be close, as Edmonton powered past Calgary in five games, including humiliating 10–2 and 9–1 victories over the Flames.

"Badger" Bob Johnson replaced Al MacNeil as the team's head coach prior to the season. Johnson would go on to coach 400 games with the Flames, and win 193 games in five seasons, both of which remain Flames records.[2] Johnson would later gain election into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.[3]

Lanny McDonald, in his first full season in Calgary, had a career year, battling Wayne Gretzky for the scoring lead all season long. McDonald finished the season five goals behind Gretzky, but his mark of 66 remains a Flames record.[4] McDonald was the Flames representative at the 1983 All-Star Game,[5] and was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game.[6]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Smythe Division
Edmonton Oilers 80 47 21 12 424 315 106
Calgary Flames 80 32 34 14 321 316 78
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 35 15 303 309 75
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 39 8 311 333 74
Los Angeles Kings 80 27 41 12 308 365 66

Game logEdit

1982–83 Game log


1983 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
Kent Nilsson 14804658104109111122
Lanny McDonald 98066329890734719
Paul Reinhart 23781758752896392
Guy Chouinard 7801359721891674
Doug Risebrough 871213758138913418
Mel Bridgman 2679193150103934733
Kari Eloranta 20 804404443913417
Jim Peplinski 2480152641134811245
Kevin LaVallee 15601916351781344
Jamie Hislop 17791419331790226
Phil Russell 578131831112914524
Eddy Beers 274111152621811227
Dave Hindmarch 18601112232340004
Jim Jackson 164881220782132
Steve Christoff 11459817410000
Richie Dunn 680311144791128
Carl Mokosak 1041761387-----
Kari Jalonen 21259312451010
Greg Meredith 2535549853144
Charlie Bourgeois 21523521-----
Jamie Macoun 34221452590228
Rejean Lemelin 3139055770000
Al MacInnis 22141349-----
Pierre Rioux 32141234-----
Denis Cyr 12111120-----
Tim Hunter 191610154910170
Pat Ribble 282801118-----
Don Edwards 139011050000
Mike Vernon 3020000-----
Howard Walker 1230007-----
Tim Harrer 1230002-----
Gord Hampson 2740005-----
Tim Bernhardt 2960000-----

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


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
Rejean Lemelin 313922111612813303.617327332704.95
Don Edwards 13911091615614814.025226122205.84
Tim Bernhardt 2962800502104.50-------.--
Mike Vernon 3021000201106.60-------.--


The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1982–83 season.


May 29, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Richie Dunn
Don Edwards
2nd round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Richard Kromm)
1st round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Dan Quinn)
To Buffalo Sabres
1st round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Paul Cyr)
2nd round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Jens Johansson)
1st round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Normand Lacombe)
2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (John Tucker)
June 2, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Kari Eloranta
To St. Louis Blues
Future Considerations
June 7, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Steve Christoff
Bill Nyrop
2nd round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Dave Reierson)
To Minnesota North Stars
Willi Plett
4th round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Dusan Pasek)
June 7, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Howard Walker
George White
6th round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Mats Kihlstrom)
3rd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Perry Berezan)
4th round pick in 1984 Entry Draft (Paul Ranheim)
To Washington Capitals
Ken Houston
Pat Riggin
September 11, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Doug Risebrough
2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft
(traded to Minnesota North Stars;
North Stars selected Frank Musil)
To Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals' 2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Todd Francis)
3rd round pick in 1984 Entry Draft (Graeme Bonar)
November 8, 1982 To Calgary Flames
rights to Carey Wilson
To Chicago Black Hawks
Denis Cyr
December 2, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Yves Courteau
To Detroit Red Wings
Bob Francis

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
G Marc D'Amour Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
RW Pierre Rioux Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
LW Dan Bolduc Montreal Canadiens
D Tony Stiles Michigan Tech (NCAA)
LW Jim Jackson Muskegon Mohawks (IHL)
D Jamie Macoun Ohio State University (NCAA)
W Colin Patterson Clarkson College (NCAA)
Player New team
LW Dan Labraaten Leksands IF (Elitserien)
D Pekka Rautakallio HIFK (SM-liiga)
LW Gary McAdam Buffalo Sabres

Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[7]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
2 29 Dave Reierson Flag of Canada.svg Canada D Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL)20000
3 51 Jim Laing Flag of the United States United States D Clarkson University (ECAC)
4 65 Dave Meszaros Flag of Canada.svg CanadaG Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
4 72 Mark Lamb Flag of Canada.svg Canada C Billings Bighorns (WHL)40346100146291
5 93 Lou Kiriakou Flag of Canada.svg CanadaD Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
6 114 Jeff Vaive Flag of Canada.svg Canada C Ottawa 67's (OHL)
6 118 Mats Kihlstrom Flag of Sweden Sweden D N/A
7 135 Brad Ramsden Flag of Canada.svg Canada C Peterborough Petes (OHL)
8 156 Roy Myllari Flag of Canada.svg Canada D Cornwall Royals (OHL)
9 177 Ted Pearson Flag of Canada.svg Canada F University of Wisconsin–Madison (WCHA)
10 198 Jim Uens Flag of Canada.svg Canada C Oshawa Generals (OHL)
11 219 Rick Erdall Flag of the United States United States C University of Minnesota (WCHA)
12 240 Dale Thompson Flag of Canada.svg Canada RW Calgary Wranglers (WHL)

See alsoEdit


  • Player stats: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 129.
  • Game log: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 141.
  • Team standings: 1982–83 NHL standings
  • Trades: Individual player pages at
  1. Year-by-year results, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 106.
  2. Head Coaches, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 103.
  3. Bob Johnson profile at, accessed December 16, 2007.
  4. 1982–83 season, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 129.
  5. All-Star selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  6. Bill Masterton Trophy winner at, accessed December 16, 2007.
  7. Calgary Flames draft history,, accessed December 16, 2007.

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