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.
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. 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.
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.
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.. 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.
The Flames were involved in the following transactions before the lockout suspended all activity:
|August 26, 2004|| To Calgary Flames |
| To Phoenix Coyotes |
|Rnd||Pick||Player||Nationality||Position||Team (league)||NHL statistics|
|1||24||Kris Chucko||Canada||LW||Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)||2||0||0||0||2|
|3||70||Brandon Prust||Canada||C||London Knights (OHL)||46||1||2||3||133|
|3||98||Dustin Boyd||Canada||C||Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)||132||20||18||38||20|
|4||118||Aki Seitsonen||Finland||C||Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)|
|4||121||Kris Hogg||Canada||LW||Kamloops Blazers (WHL)|
|6||173||Adam Pardy||Canada||D||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)||60||1||9||10||69|
|6||182||Fred Wikner||Sweden||F||Frolunda Jr.|
|7||200||Matthew Schneider||Canada||C||Tri-City Americans (WHL)|
|7||213||James Spratt||United States||G||Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)|
|9||279||Adam Cracknell||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.
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.
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.
- ↑ NHL, NHLPA meeting in Chicago, cbc.ca, Accessed November 27, 2006
- ↑ Owner Harley Hotchkiss inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame, Calgary Flames press release, accessed November 27, 2006
- ↑ Flames' Commodore would accept cap, tsn.ca, October 28, 2004
- ↑ WHL records, whl.ca, accessed November 27, 2006
- ↑ 2004 NHL Entry Draft results, nhl.com, accessed November 27, 2006
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|Affiliates||Stockton Heat (AHL) • Kansas City Mavericks (ECHL)|
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Bold indicates Stanley Cup victory
|2004–05 NHL season by team|
|Atlantic||New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh|
|Northeast||Boston • Buffalo • Montreal • Ottawa • Toronto|
|Southeast||Atlanta • Carolina • Florida • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central||Chicago • Columbus • Detroit • Nashville • St. Louis|
|Northwest||Calgary • Colorado • Edmonton • Minnesota • Vancouver|
|Pacific||Anaheim • Dallas • Los Angeles • Phoenix • San Jose|
|See also||2004 NHL Entry Draft|
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