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1988–89 Calgary Flames · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Campbell Conference Champions
Smythe Division Champions
Division 1st Smythe
Conference 1st Campbell
1988–89 record 54–17–9
Home record 32–4–4
Road record 22–13–5
Goals for 354 (2nd)
Goals against 226 (2nd)
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Terry Crisp
Captain Lanny McDonald
Jim Peplinski
Alternate captains Tim Hunter
Arena Olympic Saddledome
Average attendance 19,458
Team Leaders
Goals Joe Mullen (51)
Joe Nieuwendyk (51)
Assists Joe Mullen (59)
Doug Gilmour (59)
Points Joe Mullen (110)
Penalties in minutes Tim Hunter (375)
Wins Mike Vernon (37)
Goals against average Mike Vernon (2.65)
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1987–88 1989–90

The 1988–89 Calgary Flames season was the 9th National Hockey League season in Calgary. The Flames finished 1st in the Smythe Division and won the only Stanley Cup in their history, defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 2.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Flames once again dominated the regular season, capturing their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular season club, dropping only four games at home all year.[1] The Flames capped off the season by capturing their first Stanley Cup championship, defeating the Montreal Canadiens in six games.[2] In doing so, the Flames became the only visiting team to defeat the Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup at the Montreal Forum.[3] Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and at 31 points, became the first defenceman to lead the NHL in post-season scoring.[4] The win also gave Flames co-owner, Sonia Scurfield, the distinction of being the first (and remains the only) Canadian woman to have her name engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Calgary's only serious challenge in the playoffs came in the first round against the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks, who finished 43 points behind the Flames, took Calgary to overtime of the seventh game of the Smythe Division semi-final before the Flames finally eliminated their Western Canadian rival. Goaltender Mike Vernon's glove save off a Stan Smyl partial breakaway in overtime of the seventh game remains a defining moment in Flames history.[5] Calgary would sweep the Los Angeles Kings to win the Smythe Division title, before defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in five games to win their second Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.[6]

Lanny McDonald, the sentimental favourite to win the Cup, scored the go-ahead goal for the Flames in the clinching game, giving the Flames a lead they would not relinquish.[3] McDonald, who scored his 500th career goal, and 1000th point during the season, announced following the season that he was retiring a champion after 16 seasons in the National Hockey League. McDonald would be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.[7]

The off-season also featured the surprising retirement of former 50-goal scorer Hakan Loob, who announced during the season that he had chosen to return to his native Sweden so that his son could grow up in his homeland.[8] On the flip side, however, Soviet star Sergei Pryakhin played three games with the Flames in 1988–89. Pryakhin was the first player from the Soviet national team to ever be permitted by the Soviet government to play in the NHL, helping to pave the way for the "European invasion" of the NHL that would follow.[9]

Joe Mullen captured his second Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct, while also being named an NHL First Team All-Star. Al MacInnis and Mike Vernon were named to the Second All-Star team. Four players represented the Flames at the 1989 All-Star Game: Gary Suter and Joe Nieuwendyk joined Mullen and Vernon on the Campbell Conference squad.[10]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Smythe Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Calgary Flames 80 54 17 9 354 226 117
Los Angeles Kings 80 42 31 7 376 335 91
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 34 8 325 306 83
Vancouver Canucks 80 33 39 8 251 253 74
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 42 12 300 355 64

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]

1988–89 Game Log

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 4, Vancouver Canucks 3[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 4, Los Angeles 0[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 4, Montreal Canadiens 2[edit | edit source]

1989 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 51 59 110 16 21 16 8 24 4
Hakan Loob 12 79 27 58 85 44 22 8 9 17 4
Doug Gilmour 39 72 26 59 85 44 22 11 11 22 20
Joe Nieuwendyk 25 77 51 31 82 40 22 10 4 14 10
Al MacInnis 2 79 16 58 74 126 22 7 24 31 46
Gary Suter 20 63 13 48 62 78 5 0 3 3 10
Jiri Hrdina 17 70 22 32 54 26 4 0 0 0 0
Joel Otto 29 72 23 30 53 213 22 6 13 19 46
Gary Roberts 10 71 22 16 38 250 22 5 7 12 57
Colin Patterson 11 74 14 24 38 241 20 1 6 7 75
Jim Peplinski 24 79 13 25 38 241 20 1 6 7 75
Theoren Fleury 14 36 14 20 34 46 22 5 6 11 24
Mark Hunter 22 66 22 8 30 194 10 2 2 4 23
Jamie Macoun 34 72 8 19 27 76 22 3 6 9 30
Brad McCrimmon 4 72 5 17 22 96 22 0 3 3 30
Dana Murzyn 5 63 3 19 22 142 21 0 3 3 20
Lanny McDonald 9 51 11 7 18 26 14 1 3 4 29
Rob Ramage 55 68 3 13 16 156 20 1 11 12 26
Tim Hunter 19 75 3 9 12 375 19 0 4 4 32
Ric Nattress 6 38 1 8 9 47 19 0 3 3 20
Perry Berezan 21 35 4 4 8 23 - - - - -
Brian MacLellan 27 12 2 3 5 14 21 3 2 5 19
Mike Vernon 30 52 0 4 4 18 22 0 0 0 14
Rick Lessard 3 6 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Ken Sabourin 32 6 0 1 1 26 1 0 0 0 0
Brian Glynn 32 9 0 1 1 19 - - - - -
Rick Wamsley 31 35 0 1 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
Rich Chernomaz 33 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Stu Grimson 18 1 0 0 0 5 - - - - -
Sergei Pryakhin 16 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Dave Reierson 8 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Paul Ranheim 28 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Shane Churla 15 5 0 0 0 25 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics 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
Mike Vernon 30 52 2938 37 6 5 130 0 2.65 22 1381 16 5 52 3 2.26
Rick Wamsley 31 35 1927 17 11 4 95 2 2.96 1 20 0 1 2 0 6.00

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1988–89 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

September 6, 1988 To Calgary Flames
Doug Gilmour
Mark Hunter
Steve Bozek
Mike Dark
To St. Louis Blues
Mike Bullard
Craig Coxe
Tim Corkery
September 6, 1988 To Calgary Flames
3rd round pick in 1989 (Veli-Pekka Kautonen)
To Vancouver Canucks
Paul Reinhart
Steve Bozek
January 6, 1989 To Calgary Flames
Steve Guenette
To Pittsburgh Penguins
6th round pick in 1989 (Mike Needham)
March 4, 1989 To Calgary Flames
Brian MacLellan
4th round pick in 1989 (Robert Reichel)
To Minnesota North Stars
Perry Berezan
Shane Churla

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former team
Player New team
C John Tonelli Los Angeles Kings
LW Bob Bodak Hartford Whalers

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Calgary's picks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[11]
Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 21 Jason Muzzatti Flag of Canada Canada G Michigan State (CCHA) 62 13–25–10, 3.32GAA
2 42 Todd Harkins Flag of the United States United States C Miami University (CCHA) 48 3 3 6 78
4 84 Gary Socha Flag of the United States United States C N/A
5 85 Tomas Forslund Flag of Sweden Sweden RW N/A 44 5 11 16 12
5 90 Scott Matusovich Flag of the United States United States D N/A
6 126 Jonas Bergqvist Flag of Sweden Sweden RW N/A 22 2 5 7 10
7 147 Stefan Nilsson Flag of Sweden Sweden LW N/A
8 168 Troy Kennedy Flag of Canada Canada LW Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
9 189 Brett Petersen Flag of the United States United States D St. Paul Vulcans (USHL)
10 210 Guy Darveau Flag of Canada Canada D Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
11 231 Dave Tretowicz Flag of the United States United States D Clarkson University (ECAC)
12 252 Sergei Pryakhin Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union RW Krylja Sovetov (RSL) 46 3 8 11 2
S 26 Jerry Tarrant Flag of the United States United States D N/A

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 123
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 139
  • Team standings: 1988–89 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. 1988–89 season, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg.123.
  2. Duhatschek, Eric, Stanley Cup: Ours at last, Calgary Herald, reproduced by collectionscanada.ca, May 26, 1989
  3. 3.0 3.1 McGourty, John, Lanny, Stanley into the sunset, nhl.com, May 23, 2001
  4. Flames rule Canadiens' Forum for first Stanley Cup, Greatest Moments in Calgary Flames Hockey History, pgs. 79–80
  5. McGourty, John, Talent, desire came in a small package in Vernon, calgaryflames.com
  6. 1988–89 season, calgaryflames.com
  7. Honoured Member:Lanny McDonald, legendsofhockey.net
  8. Hakan Loob, hockeydraftcentral.com
  9. Dolezar, John A., Sweeping changes, cnnsi.com, September 27, 2002
  10. All-Stars and Trophy Winners, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pgs. 22–23
  11. Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed June 15, 2007


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