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1989–90 Calgary Flames · NHL
Smythe Division Champions
Division 1st Smythe
Conference 1st Campbell
1989–90 record 42–23–15
Home record 28–7–5
Road record 14–16–10
Goals for 348 (1st)
Goals against 265 (4th)
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Terry Crisp
Captain Jim Peplinski (Oct)
Brad McCrimmon
Alternate captains Tim Hunter
Arena Olympic Saddledome
Average attendance 19,861
Team Leaders
Goals Joe Nieuwendyk (45)
Assists Doug Gilmour (67)
Points Joe Nieuwendyk (95)
Penalties in minutes Tim Hunter (279)
Wins Mike Vernon (23)
Goals against average Mike Vernon (3.13)
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1988–89 1990–91

The 1989–90 Calgary Flames season was the 10th National Hockey League season in Calgary. In defence of their first Stanley Cup championship, the Flames remained a dominant team on the ice, finishing atop the Smythe Division for the third consecutive year, and 2nd overall in the NHL with 99 points - two points behind the Boston Bruins.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Calgary Flames 10th anniversary logo patch.

The regular season success did not translate in the post season, however, as the Flames were stunned by the Los Angeles Kings in six games in the first round of the playoffs. The loss would begin a 15–year period of playoff frustration, as the Flames would not win another post season round until the 2003–04 season.

Following the loss, the Flames fired head coach Terry Crisp, later replacing him with Doug Risebrough. In three seasons with the Flames, Crisp compiled a 144–63–33 record, with one Stanley Cup win and two President's Trophies.[1]

Individually, Russian superstar Sergei Makarov, who was drafted by the Flames in 1983, was allowed to leave the Soviet Union and play in the NHL. Makarov finished 4th in team scoring with 86 points. The 32 year old Makarov captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. The selection was controversial, as Makarov had played 11 pro seasons in the Soviet Union prior to joining the Flames. As a result, the league changed the rules for the following seasons, stating that only players under the age of 26 would be eligible for the award.[2]

Four Flames were named to represent the Campbell Conference at the 1990 All-Star Game: Forwards Joe Mullen and Joe Nieuwendyk, defenceman Al MacInnis and goaltender Mike Vernon.[3]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Calgary Flames 80 42 23 15 348 265 99
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 28 14 315 283 90
Winnipeg Jets 80 37 32 11 298 290 85
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 39 7 338 337 75
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 41 14 245 306 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]

1989–90 Game Log

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Flames defense of their first Stanley Cup championship ended quickly as Calgary was stunned by the Los Angeles Kings in six games. The loss would begin a string of playoff disappointments for the Flames, who would not win another playoff round until the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Flames 12–4 defeat in game four of the series remains a Flames team record for most goals against in one playoff game.[4]

1990 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 Nieuwendyk 25 79 45 50 95 40 6 4 6 10 4
Doug Gilmour 39 78 24 67 91 54 6 3 1 4 8
Al MacInnis 2 79 28 62 90 82 6 2 3 5 8
Sergei Makarov 42 80 24 62 86 55 6 0 6 6 3
Gary Suter 20 76 16 60 76 97 6 0 1 1 12
Gary Roberts 10 78 39 33 72 222 6 2 5 7 41
Joe Mullen 7 78 36 33 69 24 6 3 0 3 0
Theoren Fleury 14 80 31 35 66 157 6 2 3 5 10
Paul Ranheim 28 80 26 28 54 23 6 1 3 4 2
Brian MacLellan 27 65 20 18 38 26 6 0 2 2 8
Jamie Macoun 34 78 8 27 35 70 6 0 3 3 10
Joel Otto 29 75 13 20 33 116 6 2 2 4 2
Jiri Hrdina 17 64 12 18 30 31 6 0 1 1 2
Dana Murzyn 5 78 7 13 20 140 6 2 2 4 2
Brad McCrimmon 4 79 4 15 19 78 6 0 2 2 8
Ric Nattress 6 49 1 14 15 26 6 2 0 2 8
Colin Patterson 11 61 5 3 8 20 - - - - -
Jonas Bergqvist 18 22 2 5 7 10 - - - - -
Mark Hunter 22 10 2 3 5 39 - - - - -
Tim Hunter 19 67 2 3 5 279 6 0 0 0 4
Roger Johansson 21 35 0 5 5 48 - - - - -
Sergei Priakin 16 20 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0
Mike Vernon 30 47 0 3 3 21 6 0 0 0 0
Jim Korn 26 9 0 2 2 26 4 1 0 1 12
Jim Peplinski 24 6 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
Brian Glynn 32 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Steve Guenette 1 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Stu Grimson 35 3 0 0 0 17 - - - - -
Marc Bureau 33 5 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Ken Sabourin 55 5 0 0 0 10 - - - - -
Rick Wamsley 31 36 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0

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

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 47 2795 23 14 9 146 1 3.13 6 342 2 3 19 0 3.33
Rick Wamsley 31 36 1969 18 8 6 107 0 3.26 1 49 0 1 9 0 11.02
Steve Guenette 1 2 119 1 1 0 8 0 4.03 - - - - - - -

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1989–90 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

June 16, 1989 To Calgary Flames
2nd round pick in 1989 (Kent Manderville)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Rob Ramage
March 6, 1990 To Calgary Flames
Jim Korn
To New Jersey Devils
5th round pick in 1990 (Petr Kuchyna)

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former team
Player New team

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Calgary's picks at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, held in Bloomington, Minnesota.[5]
Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
2 24 Kent Manderville Flag of Canada Canada C N/A 646 37 67 104 348
2 42 Ted Drury Flag of the United States United States C N/A 414 41 52 93 367
3 50 Veli-Pekka Kautonen Flag of Finland Finland D HIFK Helsinki (FNL)
3 63 Corey Lyons Flag of Canada Canada RW Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
4 70 Robert Reichel Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia C CHZ LITVÍNOV (CZE) 830 252 378 630 388
4 84 Ryan O'Leary Flag of the United States United States C N/A
5 105 Toby Kearney Flag of the United States United States LW N/A
7 147 Alex Nikolic Flag of Canada Canada LW Cornell (ECAC)
8 168 Kevin Wortman Flag of the United States United States D N/A 5 0 0 0 2
9 189 Sergei Gomolyako Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union RW Traktor Chelyabinsk (USSR)
10 210 Dan Sawyer Flag of the United States United States D N/A
11 231 Alexander Yudin Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union D HC Dynamo Moscow (USSR)
12 252 Kenneth Kennholt Flag of Sweden Sweden D Djurgårdens IF (SEL)
S 26 Shawn Heaphy Flag of Canada Canada C N/A 1 0 0 0 2

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 122
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 138
  • Team standings: 1989–90 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. Crisp Is Dismissed As Coach of Flames, New York Times, May 8, 1990, accessed June 10, 2007
  2. New Rules for Rookies, New York Times, June 20, 1990, accessed June 10, 2007
  3. All-Stars, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 22
  4. Playoff Records, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 225
  5. Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed June 4, 2007


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