For the junior team that played in the early 2000's please see Saint John Flames (jr. C).
|Saint John Flames|
|City:||Saint John, New Brunswick|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Operated:||1993 to 2003|
|Home Arena:||Harbour Station|
|Colours:||Red, White, Gold & Black|
|1987 to 1993:||Utica Devils|
|1993 to 2003:||Saint John Flames|
|2005 to 2007:||Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights|
|2007 to 2009:||Quad City Flames|
|2009 to present:||Abbotsford Heat|
|Division Championships:||2: 1997–98, 2000–01|
|Conference Championships:||2: 1997–98, 2000–01|
|Calder Cups:||1: 2000–01|
The Saint John Flames were a team in the American Hockey League team from 1993 to 2003 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The Calgary Flames bought and relocated the Utica Devils, to be their AHL affiliate.
The Saint John Flames won the 2001 Calder Cup Championship on home ice at Harbour Station against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the farm team of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flames won the series four games to two with a final score of 1–0. The Flames also played in the Calder Cup Finals in 1998, losing to the Philadelphia Phantoms.
The franchise was relocated to Omaha, Nebraska in 2005 where it played for two seasons as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights before relocating once again for the 2007–2008 season to become the Quad City Flames, and finally relocating to Abbotsford, British Columbia for the 2009-2010 season. The Saint John market is currently served by the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs.
Several former Saint John Flames players have played in the NHL with great success. Notably, the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals series between the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning featured 17 players who had once played for the Saint John Flames organization.
The following players were longtime members of the Saint John Flames who went on to notable NHL careers:
|Season||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|1993–94||L, 3–4, Moncton||—||—||—|
|1994–95||L, 1–4, P.E.I.||—||—||—|
|1995–96||W, 3–1, St. John's||W, 4–1, Fredericton||L, 3–4, Portland||—|
|1996–97||L, 2–3, Hamilton||—||—||—|
|1997–98||W, 3–1, St. John's||W, 4–2, Portland||W, 4–1, Hartford||L, 2–4, Philadelphia|
|1998–99||W, 3–0, Lowell||L, 0–4, Fredericton||—||—|
|1999–00||L, 0–3, Lowell||—||—||—|
|2000–01||W, 3–0, Portland||W, 4–1, Quebec||W, 4–1, Providence||W, 4–2, W.B.S.|
|2001–02||Out of Playoffs|
|2002–03||Out of Playoffs|
Goals: 89 (Ladislav Kohn, 1994-03)
Assists: 152 (Marty Murray, 1995-01)
Points: 230 (Marty Murray, 1995-01)
PIM: 851 (Sami Helenius, 1994-98)
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