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1993–94 Calgary Flames · NHL
Pacific Division Champions
Division 1st Pacific
Conference 2nd Western
1993–94 record 42–29–13
Home record 25–12–5
Road record 17–17–8
Goals for 302 (3rd)
Goals against 256 (11th)
General Manager Doug Risebrough
Coach Dave King
Captain Joe Nieuwendyk
Alternate captains Al MacInnis
Joel Otto
Arena Olympic Saddledome
Average attendance 19,325
Team leaders
Goals Gary Roberts (41)
Assists Al MacInnis (54)
Points Robert Reichel (93)
Penalties in minutes Ron Stern (243)
Wins Mike Vernon (26)
Goals against average Mike Vernon (2.81)

The 1993–94 Calgary Flames season was the 14th National Hockey League season in Calgary. It was a season of change across the NHL, as the league reorganized its divisions and playoff format. The Smythe Division was retired and the Flames joined the new Pacific Division of the Western Conference, as the NHL aligned itself with the other major sports leagues in naming divisions by geographical boundaries. The change angered fans, who preferred the traditional convention, which honoured the game's past builders.[1]

Realignment also led to significant changes in the playoff format, as the top eight teams in each conference now qualified for the post-season, rather than the top four in each division. Under the new format, the top team in each division was guaranteed one of the top two seeds, and declared the divisional champion, as opposed to having to win two playoff rounds to capture the division title. Thus, the Flames became the first Pacific Division champions, and the second seed in the playoffs. They faced the second place Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs rather than the fourth place Mighty Ducks of Anaheim who failed to qualify under the new system.[2]

The playoffs ended in another bitter disappointment, as the Flames blew a 3–1 series lead, losing the last three games in overtime to the Canucks,[3] who would eventually go onto the Stanley Cup finals before bowing out to the New York Rangers.[4]

Two Flames represented the Western Conference at the 1994 All-Star Game: Forward Joe Nieuwendyk and defenceman Al MacInnis.[5]

For the second consecutive season, four Flames reached the 30-goal plateau. Three of them (Theoren Fleury, Robert Reichel and Gary Roberts) were also 40-goal scorers.[6][7]

Prior to the season, Calgary lost two players in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft, as the Florida Panthers selected defenceman Alexander Godynyuk 13th overall, and centre Brian Skrudland 32nd overall. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim did not select any Flames players.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division
12 Calgary Flames 84 42 29 13 302 256 97
27 Vancouver Canucks 84 41 40 3 279 276 85
38 San Jose Sharks 84 33 35 16 252 265 82
49 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 84 33 46 5 229 251 71
510 Los Angeles Kings 84 27 45 12 294 322 66
611 Edmonton Oilers 84 25 45 14 261 305 64

Game logEdit

1993–94 Game Log


The Flames entered the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs as the second seed under the new alignment, facing the seventh seeded Vancouver Canucks. After getting blown out at home in game one, the Flames responded by winning the next three games to take a 3–1 series lead. The Flames, however, lost the last three games in overtime, as they proved unable to overcome a series of injuries to key players, and the tenacious play of the Canucks. Pavel Bure scored the series winner on a breakaway in double overtime for the Canucks, who reached the Stanley Cup finals before falling to the New York Rangers in seven games.

For the Flames, it was another year of playoff frustration, as for the fifth consecutive year, Calgary failed to reach the second round of the post-season.

1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit


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
Robert Reichel 26844053935870550
Theoren Fleury 1483404585186764105
Gary Roberts 1071414384145726824
Al MacInnis 27528548295726812
Joe Nieuwendyk 25643639755162240
German Titov 13762718452872134
Wes Walz 17531127381663032
Kelly Kisio 1151723302870228
Ron Stern 227192029243720212
Paul Ranheim 286710142420-----
Joel Otto 29811112239230114
Michel Petit 76322123110-----
Trent Yawney 18586152160700016
Dan Keczmer 3957120214830004
Gary Suter 2025491320-----
Ted Drury 2734571226-----
Chris Dahlquist 577111125210000
Paul Kruse 12683811185700014
Michael Nylander 92152911630000
Sandy McCarthy 15795510173700034
Zarley Zalapski 331337101870332
Frank Musil 3751891071128
Brad Schlegel 21261674-----
Mike Sullivan 3219235671128
James Patrick 615224670116
Trevor Kidd 37310444-----
Vesa Viitakoski 32/1981230-----
Len Esau 3660337-----
Kevin Dahl 4330332360004
Greg Paslawski 23152022-----
David Haas 1921127-----
Guy Larose 4270114-----
Brad Miller 55/34801114-----
Lee Norwood 61601116-----
Jason Muzzatti 3110000-----
Jeff Reese 3510000-----
Mark Freer 1620004-----
Peter Ahola 3820000-----
David Struch 3340004-----
Kevin Wortman 3450002-----
Andrei Trefilov 1110004-----
Mike Vernon 30480001470002

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.


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
Andrei Trefilov 1116233422622.50-------
Mike Vernon 304827982617513132.817466342302.96
Trevor Kidd 3731161413768503.16-------
Jeff Reese 35113000104.62-------
Jason Muzzatti 36160010808.00-------

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.


The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1993–94 season.


Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Player New team

Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, held in Quebec City, Quebec.[8]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
118Jesper MattssonFlag of Sweden SwedenRWMalmo Redhawks (SEL)
244Jamie AllisonFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDDetroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL)37272330639
370Dan TompkinsFlag of the United States United StatesFOmaha Lancers (USHL)
495Jason SmithFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDPrinceton (NCAA)
496Marty MurrayFlag of Canada.svg CanadaCBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)26131427341
5121Darryl LaFranceFlag of Canada.svg CanadaRWOshawa Generals (OHL)
5122John EmmonsFlag of the United States United StatesCYale University (NCAA)8524664
6148Andreas KarlssonFlag of Sweden SwedenCLeksands IF (SEL)26416355172
8200Derek SylvesterFlag of the United States United StatesRWNiagara Falls Thunder (OHL)
10252German TitovFlag of Russia RussiaCVoskresensk Khimik (RSL)624157220377311
11278Burke MurphyFlag of Canada.svg CanadaRWSt. Lawrence University (NCAA)

Farm teamsEdit

Saint John FlamesEdit

The 1993–94 American Hockey League season was the first for the Flames top minor league affiliate as the new expansion team was created in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Flames posted a respectable 37–33–10 record in their first season, good enough for second in the Atlantic division. They fell to the Moncton Hawks in seven games in the first round of the playoffs, however.[9] Cory Stillman led the Flames with 35 goals, while Mark Freer lead with 86 points. Jason Muzzatti was the starting goaltender, posting an 26–23–3 record with a 3.74 GAA in 51 games.[10]

See alsoEdit


  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 118
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 137
  • Team standings: 1993–94 NHL standings
  • Trades: player pages
  1. A question of values,, January 18, 2007, accessed March 4, 2007
  2. Hockey's revised roadmap, USAToday, reproduced by, November 1993, accessed March 4, 2007
  3. All-time playoff results, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 220
  4. SI Flashback: Stanley Cup 1994,, accessed March 4, 2007
  5. All-star selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 22
  8. Calgary Flames draft history,, accessed February 25, 2007
  9. 1993–94 AHL playoffs,, accessed March 4, 2007
  10. Saint John Flames player stats,, accessed March 4, 2007

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