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1972–73 Atlanta Flames · NHL
Division 7th West
1972–73 record 25–38–15
Goals for 191
Goals against 239
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Bernie Geoffrion
Captain Keith McCreary
Team leaders
Goals Bob Leiter (26)
Assists Bob Leiter (34)
Points Bob Leiter (60)
Penalties in minutes Pat Quinn (113)

The 1972–73 Atlanta Flames season was the inaugural season for the Flames' franchise.

OffseasonEdit

NHL Amateur DraftEdit

See also: 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 2. Jacques Richard Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
2 18. Dwight Bialowas Flag of Canada.svg Canada Regina Pats (WCJHL)
3 34. Jean Lemieux Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
4 50. Don Martineau Flag of Canada.svg Canada New Westminster Royals (WCJHL)
5 78. John Martin Flag of Canada.svg Canada Shawinigan Bruins (QMJHL)
6 82. Frank Blum Flag of Canada.svg Canada
7 98. Scott Smith Flag of Canada.svg Canada Regina Pats (WCJHL)
8 114. Dave Murphy Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
9 130. Pierre Roy Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

NHL Expansion DraftEdit

Pick Player Position Drafted From
1. Phil Myre G Montreal Canadiens
3. Dan Bouchard G Boston Bruins
6. Kerry Ketter D Montreal Canadiens
8. Norm Gratton LW New York Rangers
10. Ron Harris D Detroit Red Wings
12. Larry Romanchych RW Chicago Black Hawks
14. Bill MacMillan LW Toronto Maple Leafs
16. Randy Manery D Detroit Red Wings
18. Keith McCreary RW Pittsburgh Penguins
20. Ernie Hicke C California Golden Seals
22. Lew Morrison RW Philadelphia Flyers
24. Lucien Grenier LW Los Angeles Kings
26. Bill Plager D St. Louis Blues
28. Morris Stefaniw C New York Rangers
30. John Stewart LW Pittsburgh Penguins
32. Bob Leiter C Pittsburgh Penguins
34. Pat Quinn D Vancouver Canucks
36. Larry Hale D Philadelphia Flyers
38. Bill Heindl LW Minnesota North Stars
40. Frank Hughes LW California Golden Seals
42. Rod Zaine C Buffalo Sabres

Regular seasonEdit

When it was first announced that Atlanta would have an NHL franchise many hockey observers thought that a team based in the southern United States was a ludicrous and foolish move, especially since the talent pool had been diluted by repeated expansion and the upstart WHA. Nevertheless, the team quickly began front office operations, naming young Blues assistant general manager Cliff Fletcher as general manager. Soon after, Fletcher had found the team its first coach: former Canadiens star forward Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion.

The team was a pleasant surprise in its first season on the ice, its success built on new star goaltenders Dan Bouchard and Phil Myre, solid defensemen such as Randy Manery and Pat Quinn, and forwards Rey Comeau, (captain) Keith McCreary, Larry Romanchych and Bob Leiter. Despite its inexperience as a team, the Flames were quite successful in the beginning of their rookie season, posting a 20–19–8 record by January 19, 1973, off the success of their young goaltending tandem. Unfortunately, they lost 19 of their last 31 games, finishing out of the playoffs. Part of the problem as that in defiance of all geographic reality, the Flames were placed in the West Division—saddling them with some of the longest road trips in the league—and ultimately, the team's excellent defense and goaltending were sabotaged by its lack of goalscoring, finishing second worst in the NHL in that category. However, their 65 points were 35 better than the Islanders, who toiled at the bottom of the East Division.

Season standingsEdit

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 93
Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 85
Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 85
St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 76
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 73
Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 73
Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 65
California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 48

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 7, 19723–2 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 1–0–0
2LOctober 8, 19723–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 1–1–0
3LOctober 11, 19721–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 1–2–0
4LOctober 12, 19720–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 1–3–0
5TOctober 14, 19721–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 1–3–1
6LOctober 18, 19720–6 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 1–4–1
7WOctober 21, 19723–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 2–4–1
8LOctober 22, 19722–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 2–5–1
9WOctober 25, 19724–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 3–5–1
10LOctober 26, 19721–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 3–6–1
11WOctober 28, 19722–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–6–1
12WNovember 1, 19724–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 5–6–1
13LNovember 2, 19721–6 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 5–7–1
14TNovember 5, 19722–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 5–7–2
15TNovember 8, 19723–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 5–7–3
16WNovember 10, 19725–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 6–7–3
17WNovember 12, 19723–1 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 7–7–3
18LNovember 15, 19721–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 7–8–3
19WNovember 16, 19724–0 New York Islanders (1972–73) 8–8–3
20LNovember 18, 19721–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 8–9–3
21WNovember 19, 19723–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 9–9–3
22LNovember 21, 19721–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 9–10–3
23LNovember 24, 19720–4 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 9–11–3
24WNovember 26, 19726–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 10–11–3
25LNovember 29, 19720–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 10–12–3
26TNovember 30, 19725–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 10–12–4
27TDecember 2, 19724–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 10–12–5
28LDecember 3, 19722–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 10–13–5
29WDecember 7, 19725–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 11–13–5
30LDecember 9, 19721–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 11–14–5
31LDecember 10, 19724–5 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 11–15–5
32WDecember 13, 19722–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 12–15–5
33LDecember 16, 19723–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 12–16–5
34WDecember 17, 19724–0 New York Islanders (1972–73) 13–16–5
35WDecember 20, 19725–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 14–16–5
36WDecember 21, 19725–2 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 15–16–5
37LDecember 23, 19721–3 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–17–5
38LDecember 27, 19721–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 15–18–5
39TDecember 30, 19721–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 15–18–6
40WJanuary 2, 19736–1 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 16–18–6
41LJanuary 3, 19731–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 16–19–6
42TJanuary 6, 19732–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 16–19–7
43WJanuary 7, 19735–2 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 17–19–7
44WJanuary 10, 19735–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 18–19–7
45WJanuary 12, 19731–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 19–19–7
46WJanuary 14, 19734–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 20–19–7
47TJanuary 17, 19733–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 20–19–8
48LJanuary 19, 19731–2 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 20–20–8
49LJanuary 21, 19732–3 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 20–21–8
50LJanuary 24, 19732–5 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 20–22–8
51TJanuary 26, 19733–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 20–22–9
52WJanuary 28, 19738–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 21–22–9
53WFebruary 1, 19733–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 22–22–9
54LFebruary 3, 19730–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 22–23–9
55LFebruary 4, 19730–6 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 22–24–9
56LFebruary 7, 19733–5 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 22–25–9
57LFebruary 9, 19733–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 22–26–9
58WFebruary 11, 19733–1 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 23–26–9
59TFebruary 14, 19733–3 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 23–26–10
60LFebruary 16, 19730–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 23–27–10
61TFebruary 17, 19733–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 23–27–11
62TFebruary 21, 19732–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 23–27–12
63LFebruary 25, 19732–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 23–28–12
64TMarch 1, 19734–4 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 23–28–13
65LMarch 3, 19730–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 23–29–13
66WMarch 4, 19733–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 24–29–13
67LMarch 7, 19732–5 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 24–30–13
68LMarch 9, 19732–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 24–31–13
69LMarch 10, 19731–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 24–32–13
70TMarch 14, 19731–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 24–32–14
71WMarch 17, 19733–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 25–32–14
72LMarch 18, 19731–7 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 25–33–14
73LMarch 22, 19731–4 New York Rangers (1972–73) 25–34–14
74LMarch 24, 19730–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 25–35–14
75LMarch 25, 19732–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 25–36–14
76LMarch 28, 19733–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 25–37–14
77LMarch 29, 19732–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 25–38–14
78TApril 1, 19734–4 New York Islanders (1972–73) 25–38–15

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Bob Leiter 167826346019-----
Larry Romanchych 217018304839-----
Rey Comeau 18 77 21 21 42 19 -----
Keith McCreary 9 77 20 21 41 21 -----
Ernie Hicke 12 58 14 23 37 37 -----
Curt Bennett 5 52 18 17 35 9 -----
Randy Manery 7 78 5 30 35 44 -----
John Stewart 17 68 17 17 34 30 -----
Jacques Richard 15 74 13 18 31 32 -----
Leon Rochefort 11 54 9 18 27 10 -----
Bill MacMillan 20 78 10 15 25 52 -----
Pat Quinn 3 78 2 18 20 113 -----
Lew Morrison 8 77 6 9 15 19 -----
Noel Price 4 54 1 13 14 38 -----
Bill Plager 2 76 2 11 13 92 -----
Noel Picard 22 41 0 10 10 43 -----
Norm Gratton 10 29 3 6 9 12 -----
Bob Paradise 6 71 1 7 8 103 -----
Ron Harris 5 24 2 4 6 8 -----
Morris Stefaniw 19 13 1 1 2 2 -----
Kerry Ketter 24 41 0 2 2 58 -----
Arnie Brown 19 15 1 0 1 17 -----
Butch Deadmarsh 10 19 1 0 1 8 -----
Dan Bouchard 30 34 0 1 1 12 -----
Phil Myre 1 46 0 1 1 5 -----
Bill Hogaboam 11 2 0 0 0 0 -----

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Atlanta. Stats reflect time with the Flames only. Traded mid-season

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Phil Myre 1 46 2736 16 23 5 138 2 3.03 -------.--
Dan Bouchard 30 34 1944 9 15 10 100 2 3.09 -------.--

TransactionsEdit

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1972–73 season.

TradesEdit

June, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Ted Tucker
To Montreal Canadiens
cash
June, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Bill Hogaboam
To New York Rangers
Bill Heindl
October, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Brian McKenzie
To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
November 28, 1972 To Atlanta Flames
Leon Rochefort
To Detroit Red Wings
Bill Hogaboam
February 13, 1973 To Atlanta Flames
Arnie Brown
To New York Islanders
Ernie Hicke
Future Considerations
(Bill MacMillan; May 29, 1973)
February 14, 1973 To Atlanta Flames
Butch Deadmarsh
To Buffalo Sabres
Norm Gratton

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
D Ed Kea St. Petersburg Suns (EHL)
Player New team

Claimed off waiversEdit

Player Former team
D Noel Picard St. Louis Blues


RosterEdit

Atlanta Flames
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


ReferencesEdit



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