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The Calgary Flames date back to 1972 when they were started as the Atlanta Flames. On the ice, the Flames were a success, reaching the playoffs in six of their eight seasons in Atlanta. Financially, however, they struggled due to poor attendance, and in 1980, they were sold and relocated to Calgary. Following the move, they maintained their on-ice success by qualifying for the postseason in their first 11 years in Calgary, which included winning the 1989 Stanley Cup as well as a trip to the 1986 Stanley Cup Final. Since winning the 1989 Stanley Cup, the team has reached one more Stanley Cup Final—in 2004, which they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

3 Reasons the Flames Will Improve This Season

The Calgary Flames are just over a week away from kicking off their 2023-24 season with a home matchup against the Winnipeg Jets. Before then they will play two additional preseason games, however, the seemingly endless wait for the NHL regular season is nearly over. While the Flames saw a lot of change this offseason – from roster turnover to new hirings across management – fans should be optimistic that this season will yield better results than last. Here are some reasons why. Young Talent Several of the Flames’ top prospects appear to be NHL-ready and will look to make…

Flames’ Lindholm Worth the Reported $9 Million Price Tag

Sometimes, all that’s needed to mend a relationship is time apart. That has been the case for the Calgary Flames and several of their players entering the final year of their contracts this season. Mikael Backlund was in that same category, but despite sounding like he may want to give somewhere else a try months ago, chose to sign a two-year extension instead. Related: Calgary Flames’ 5 Best-Case Scenarios in 2023-24 Though none of the other Flames players in the final year of their deals have done the same, they may not be very far off. In fact, Daily Faceoff’s…

7 Cool Things About Mikael Backlund

At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, OH, the Calgary Flames selected Mikael Backlund with the 24th overall pick in the first round. Since his debut on Oct. 26, 2010, he’s been a fixture in the lineup, suiting up for 908 games and serving a pivotal role on the Flames’ special team units.  After a career year of 56 points in 2022-23, the three-time 20-goal scorer recently signed a two-year extension worth $9 million, earning a promotion to team captain. As the Swedish-born forward begins his 16th season with the organization, we looked at seven cool things about Calgary’s…

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Flames FAQ

What year were the Calgary Flames founded?

The Calgary Flames date back to 1972 when they were started as the Atlanta Flames.

When did the Calgary Flames play their first game?

The Calgary Flames (then known as the Atlanta Flames) played their first game on Oct. 7, 1972. They faced the New York Islanders and won 3-2.

Who is the current head coach of the Calgary Flames?

Darryl Sutter is the current head coach for the Calgary Flames.