1986–87 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 2nd Smythe
1986–87 record 46–31–3
Home record 25–13–2
Road record 21–18–1
Goals for 318 (T-2nd)
Goals against 289 (11th)
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Bob Johnson
Captain Lanny McDonald,
Jim Peplinski and
Doug Risebrough
Arena Olympic Saddledome
Average attendance 16,798
Team Leaders
Goals Joe Mullen (47)
Assists Al MacInnis (56)
Points Joe Mullen (87)
Penalties in minutes Tim Hunter (361)
Wins Mike Vernon (30)
Goals against average Rejean Lemelin (3.25)
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The 1986–87 Calgary Flames season was the seventh National Hockey League season in Calgary and 15th for the Flames franchise. The Flames posted their best record in franchise history to that time, as Calgary's 95 points was the third best total in the league. The Flames' defence of their 1986 Campbell Conference championship was quickly snuffed out by the Winnipeg Jets, as the Flames were upset in the first round of the playoffs in six games by their Manitoba rivals.

Joe Mullen captured his first Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct, while Al MacInnis was named a Second Team All-star.[1] The Flames had no player representatives at Rendez-vous '87, which replaced the All-Star Game for this season, though head coach Bob Johnson served as an assistant coach for the NHL all-stars.

Tragedy struck the Flames in the summer of 1986, as their first round draft pick, George Pelawa, died in an automobile crash over the Labour Day weekend.[2] Pelawa's death is commonly rumoured to be an inspiration for the 1988 Tom Cochrane song Big League, but has never been confirmed as true.

Following the season, the Flames released a music video to benefit charity. The "Red Hot" video featured many players, including Lanny McDonald, Gary Roberts, Mike Vernon, Al MacInnis and Joel Otto, among others, lipsynching and pretending to play instruments. It was released on VHS and on vinyl. It enjoyed popularity then but was forgotten until the video surfaced on the internet in 2005.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Smythe Division
Edmonton Oilers 80 50 24 6 372 284 106
Calgary Flames 80 46 31 3 318 289 95
Winnipeg Jets 80 40 32 8 279 271 88
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 41 8 318 341 70
Vancouver Canucks 80 29 43 8 282 314 66

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 logEdit

1986–87 Game log


1987 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
Joe Mullen 7794740871462130
Al MacInnis 2792056769741010
Paul Reinhart 26761553682240116
Carey Wilson 33 802036564261126
Mike Bullard 25 572826543464372
John Tonelli 27782031517230002
Joel Otto 296819315018520226
Jim Peplinski 2480183250181610124
Gary Suter 20689404970603310
Hakan Loob 12681826442651230
Jamie Macoun 6797334011130118
Steve Bozek 26 711718352241012
Brian Bradley 14 4010182816-----
Lanny McDonald 9581412265450002
Colin Patterson 11681313265460222
Tim Hunter 197361521361-----
Gary Roberts 32/1032510158520004
Dale DeGray 28 27671329-----
Neil Sheehy 5544610151600021
Dan Quinn 10 1636914-----
Perry Berezan 21245382420227
Nick Fotiu 22 42538145-----
Kari Eloranta 3213167960220
Joe Nieuwendyk 189516060220
Doug Risebrough 82223566401123
Kevan Guy 3 2404419401123
Brian Engblom 6 3204428-----
Paul Baxter 4 1802266200010
Mike Vernon 30540221450000
Brett Hull 165101042130
Doug Dadswell 3620000-----
Rejean Lemelin 1340002020110

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
Rejean Lemelin 134173516919413.15210101603.56
Mike Vernon 305429573021117813.615263231603.65
Doug Dadswell 3621250111004.80-------.--


The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1986–87 season.


October 3, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Jim Korn
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Terry Johnson
October 3, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Brian Engblom
To Buffalo Sabres
Jim Korn
October 7, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Mark Paterson
To Hartford Whalers
Yves Courteau
November 12, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Mike Bullard
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dan Quinn

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
G Doug Dadswell Cornell University (NCAA)
C Marc Bureau Longueuil Chevaliers (QMJHL)
Player New team
D Robin Bartell Vancouver Canucks
C Mark Lamb Detroit Red Wings

Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[3]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
116George PelawaFlag of the United States United StatesFBemidji (USHS)
237Brian GlynnFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDSaskatoon Blades (WHL)4312579104410
479Tom QuinlanFlag of the United States United StatesRWN/A
5100Scott BloomFlag of the United States United StatesLWN/A
6121John ParkerFlag of the United States United StatesCN/A
7142Rick LessardFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDOttawa 67's (OHL)1504418
8163Mark OlsenFlag of the United States United StatesDN/A
9184Scott SharplesFlag of Canada.svg CanadaGPenticton Knights (BCJHL)10–0–1, 3.69GAA
10205Doug PickelFlag of Canada.svg CanadaLWKamloops Blazers (WHL)
11226Anders LindstromFlag of Sweden SwedenCN/A
12247Antonin StavjanaFlag of Czechoslovakia CzechoslovakiaDN/A
S4Stseve MacSwainFlag of the United States United StatesRWN/A

See alsoEdit


  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 125
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 141
  • Team standings: 1986–87 NHL standings
  • Trades: Individual player pages at
  1. Award Winners, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 23.
  2. Ulmer, Mike, Heat is on,, October 8, 2003.
  3. Calgary Flames draft history,, accessed October 10, 2007.

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