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History Of the Calgary Flames



1980 - 1984 Seasons:The Early Eighties

In the first year the Flames were in Calgary, Al MacNeil coached them to a 39 win, 27 loses, and 92 point season. They finished 3rd in the Patrick Division and 7th overall. They advanced to the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals beating Chicago 3-0 and Philadelphia 4-3 until they lost to Minnesota 2-4. Kent Nilsson finished with the most points, Pat Riggin with the most goalie wins and Willi Plett with the most penalty minutes. After the 80-81 season, Lanny MacDonald was acquired and he led the team with the most goals. Bob Johnson was the coach this year and he led them to a 29 win, 34 loses, and 75 points during a 80 game season. They finished 3rd in the Smythe Division and 12th Overall. They lost to Vancouver in the Smyth Division Semi-Finals to 0-3. Mel Bridgeman led the team with 87 points, Willi Plett the most penaly minutes, and Pat Riggin the most goalie wins. In 1982 to 1983, the Flames finished with a 32 win, 34 loses and 78 points. Bob Johnson was the coach and Kent Nilsson finished with the most points. Doug Risebrough the most penalty minutes and Rejean Lemelin the most wins. After losing to Vancouver last year, the Flames came back to beat them 3-1 in the Smythe Division Semi-Finals but eventually lost to Edmonton 1-4 in the Smythe Division Finals. In the 83 - 84 season, the Flames moved to the new Saddledome. This year, they finished with a 34 win, 32 loses, and 82 points. They again beat Vancouver in the Division Semis but lost to Edmonton 3-4 in the Division Finals.