The 2004–05 Calgary Flames season would have been 25th National Hockey League season in Calgary, however it was cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time to save the season. As a result, the Flames were unable to raise their Western Conference Championship banner until the start of 2005–06 season.

NHL lockout[edit | edit source]

Flames owner, and NHL Chairman of the Board, Harley Hotchkiss was a key figure in the resolution of the labour dispute. Initially taking a low key role, Hotchkiss was thrust into the spotlight when he was invited by NHLPA president Trevor Linden to last ditch meeting in January 2005 to save the season.[1] While that meeting was unsuccessful in resolving the dispute, the two would continue to meet until an agreement was finally hammered out on July 13, 2005. Hotchkiss' role in the negotiations was prominently mentioned when he was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.[2]

Defenceman Mike Commodore created a stir early on in the lockout when he stated during a radio interview for The Fan 960 in Calgary that he would accept a salary cap if it meant resolving the lockout.[3]

Commodore was also critical of the leadership of the NHLPA:

Unlike other players who made similar statements, Commodore never retracted his comments.

During the lockout, the Flames heavily promoted their Western Hockey League team, the Calgary Hitmen. The result was that the Hitmen obliterated the WHL record for attendance by over 40,000 with a season mark of 362,227.[4]. The mark would also set a CHL record. The Hitmen's average of 10,062 was the highest average of any junior or professional hockey team in North America.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions before the lockout suspended all activity:

Trades[edit | edit source]

August 26, 2004 To Calgary Flames
Daymond Langkow
To Phoenix Coyotes
Oleg Saprykin
Denis Gauthier

Free agents[edit | edit source]

Player signed Former team
F Jason Wiemer Minnesota Wild
F Byron Ritchie Florida Panthers
Player lost New team
F Craig Conroy Los Angeles Kings
D Toni Lydman Buffalo Sabres
F Krzysztof Oliwa New Jersey Devils
G Roman Turek N/A

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

Calgary's picks at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft held at Raleigh, North Carolina.[5] The Flames had the 24th overall pick in the draft, the first time they picked outside of the top 20 since 1995.

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
1 24 Kris Chucko Flag of Canada Canada LW Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) 2 0 0 0 2
3 70 Brandon Prust Flag of Canada Canada C London Knights (OHL) 46 1 2 3 133
3 98 Dustin Boyd Flag of Canada Canada C Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 132 20 18 38 20
4 118 Aki Seitsonen Flag of Finland Finland C Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
4 121 Kris Hogg Flag of Canada Canada LW Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
6 173 Adam Pardy Flag of Canada Canada D Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) 60 1 9 10 69
6 182 Fred Wikner Flag of Sweden Sweden F Frolunda Jr.
7 200 Matthew Schneider Flag of Canada Canada C Tri-City Americans (WHL)
7 213 James Spratt Flag of the United States United States G Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
9 279 Adam Cracknell Flag of Canada Canada RW Kootenay Ice (WHL)
  • Statistics are updated to the end of the 2008–09 NHL season. Players in italics were active on an NHL roster in 2008–09.

Farm teams[edit | edit source]

Lowell Lockmonsters[edit | edit source]

The Flames American Hockey League affiliate for the second year was the Lowell Lockmonsters, whom they shared with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Lockmonsters finished with a franchise best record of 47–27–5–1, good for third in the Atlantic Division. The Lockmonsters would be bounced from the playoffs in the second round, however.

Chuck Kobasew led Lowell with a franchise record 38 goals, while Brent Krahn recorded six shutouts in only 35 games as he played backup to Carolina's top goaltending prospect, Cam Ward.

Las Vegas Wranglers[edit | edit source]

The Las Vegas Wranglers were the Flames ECHL affiliate for the second year in 2004–05. The second year club finished with a 31–33–8 record, missing the playoffs after finishing 7th in the West Division.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NHL, NHLPA meeting in Chicago,, Accessed November 27, 2006
  2. Owner Harley Hotchkiss inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame, Calgary Flames press release, accessed November 27, 2006
  3. Flames' Commodore would accept cap,, October 28, 2004
  4. WHL records,, accessed November 27, 2006
  5. 2004 NHL Entry Draft results,, accessed November 27, 2006

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