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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
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 finished 2nd in the Smythe Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the Winnipeg Jets 4 games to 2.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

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.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Smythe Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
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 Log[edit | edit source]

1986–87 Game Log

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Winnipeg Jets 4, Calgary Flames 2[edit | edit source]

1987 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
Joe Mullen 7 79 47 40 87 14 6 2 1 3 0
Al MacInnis 2 79 20 56 76 97 4 1 0 1 0
Paul Reinhart 26 76 15 53 68 22 4 0 1 1 6
Carey Wilson 33 80 20 36 56 42 6 1 1 2 6
Mike Bullard 25 57 28 26 54 34 6 4 3 7 2
John Tonelli 27 78 20 31 51 72 3 0 0 0 2
Joel Otto 29 68 19 31 50 185 2 0 2 2 6
Jim Peplinski 24 80 18 32 50 181 6 1 0 1 24
Gary Suter 20 68 9 40 49 70 6 0 3 3 10
Hakan Loob 12 68 18 26 44 26 5 1 2 3 0
Jamie Macoun 6 79 7 33 40 111 3 0 1 1 8
Steve Bozek 26 71 17 18 35 22 4 1 0 1 2
Brian Bradley 14 40 10 18 28 16 - - - - -
Lanny McDonald 9 58 14 12 26 54 5 0 0 0 2
Colin Patterson 11 68 13 13 26 54 6 0 2 2 2
Tim Hunter 19 73 6 15 21 361 - - - - -
Gary Roberts 32/10 32 5 10 15 85 2 0 0 0 4
Dale DeGray 28 27 6 7 13 29 - - - - -
Neil Sheehy 5 54 4 6 10 151 6 0 0 0 21
Dan Quinn 10 16 3 6 9 14 - - - - -
Perry Berezan 21 24 5 3 8 24 2 0 2 2 7
Nick Fotiu 22 42 5 3 8 145 - - - - -
Kari Eloranta 32 13 1 6 7 9 6 0 2 2 0
Joe Nieuwendyk 18 9 5 1 6 0 6 0 2 2 0
Doug Risebrough 8 22 2 3 5 66 4 0 1 1 23
Kevan Guy 3 24 0 4 4 19 4 0 1 1 23
Brian Engblom 6 32 0 4 4 28 - - - - -
Paul Baxter 4 18 0 2 2 66 2 0 0 0 10
Mike Vernon 30 54 0 2 2 14 5 0 0 0 0
Brett Hull 16 5 1 0 1 0 4 2 1 3 0
Doug Dadswell 36 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rejean Lemelin 1 34 0 0 0 20 2 0 1 1 0

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

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 34 1735 16 9 1 94 1 3.15 2 101 0 1 6 0 3.56
Mike Vernon 30 54 2957 30 21 1 178 1 3.61 5 263 2 3 16 0 3.65
Doug Dadswell 36 2 125 0 1 1 10 0 4.80 - - - - - - -.--

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

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

Trades[edit | edit source]

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 Agents[edit | edit source]

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 Picks[edit | edit source]

Calgary's picks at the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[3]
Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 16 George Pelawa Flag of the United States United States F Bemidji (USHS)
2 37 Brian Glynn Flag of Canada Canada D Saskatoon Blades (WHL) 431 25 79 104 410
4 79 Tom Quinlan Flag of the United States United States RW N/A
5 100 Scott Bloom Flag of the United States United States LW N/A
6 121 John Parker Flag of the United States United States C N/A
7 142 Rick Lessard Flag of Canada Canada D Ottawa 67's (OHL) 15 0 4 4 18
8 163 Mark Olsen Flag of the United States United States D N/A
9 184 Scott Sharples Flag of Canada Canada G Penticton Knights (BCJHL) 1 0–0–1, 3.69GAA
10 205 Doug Pickel Flag of Canada Canada LW Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
11 226 Anders Lindstrom Flag of Sweden Sweden C N/A
12 247 Antonin Stavjana Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia D N/A
S 4 Stseve MacSwain Flag of the United States United States RW N/A

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • 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 @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. Award Winners, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 23.
  2. Ulmer, Mike, Heat is on, canoe.ca, October 8, 2003.
  3. Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed October 10, 2007.
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