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1995–96 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 6th Western
1995–96 record 34–37–11
Home record 18–18–5
Road record 16–19–6
Goals for 241 (16th)
Goals against 240 (9th)
General Manager Doug Risebrough (until Nov. 3)
Al Coates
Coach Pierre Page
Captain Theoren Fleury
Alternate captains Unknown
Unknown
Arena Canadian Airlines Saddledome
Average attendance 18,000
Team leaders
Goals Theoren Fleury (46)
Assists Theoren Fleury (50)
Points Theoren Fleury (96)
Penalties in minutes Sandy McCarthy (173)
Wins Rick Tabaracci (19)
Goals against average Trevor Kidd (2.78)

The 1995–96 Calgary Flames season was the 16th National Hockey League season in Calgary. The Flames entered the season with their fifth coach in five seasons, hiring Pierre Page to replace Dave King.[1] Page, who had previously been an assistant coach with the Flames in the 1980s, left his head coaching position with the Quebec Nordiques to move west.

The Flames began the season with a disastrous start, posting a 4–15–5 record through the end of November. The team's poor start was exacerbated by the holdout of Joe Nieuwendyk, who was unable to reach a contract agreement with the Flames.[2] Also, the Flames began the season on a long, seven game road trip while renovations to the Olympic Saddledome were completed.[3] The Flames reached a low point on October 27, 1995 when they set a franchise record for futility, recording just eight shots in a 3–0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice.[4]

The Nieuwendyk saga finally came to a close when the Flames dealt him to the Dallas Stars for Corey Millen, and Western Hockey League star Jarome Iginla on December 19. Nieuwendyk immediately ended his holdout, signing a five-year, $11 million contract with Dallas.[2]

The Flames began to turn the season around, led by Gary Roberts' comeback from neck injuries that had kept him out most of the 1994–95 season. Roberts' comeback lasted only 35 games before he was again sidelined with bone spurs and nerve damage in his neck. Roberts would score an incredible 22 goals and 42 points during that time, earning him the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey.[5]

The Flames recovered from their woeful start to finish second in the Pacific Division, and as the sixth seed in the Western Conference. The Flames were swept, however, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs, as the team once again failed to win a playoff series since they won the Stanley Cup in 1989. One notable player made his debut during the playoffs: Jarome Iginla, who would become a star for the flames for years to come. The Flames would not qualify for the playoffs again until 2004, missing the post season for the next seven years.[6]

Theoren Fleury represented the Flames at the 46th National Hockey League All-Star Game. It was the first since since 1986 that the Flames had only one representative.[7]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
11 Colorado Avalanche 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
26 Calgary Flames 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
37 Vancouver Canucks 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
49 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
510 Edmonton Oilers 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
612 Los Angeles Kings 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
713 San Jose Sharks 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Game logEdit

1995–96 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

Despite finishing 2nd in the Pacific Division, the Flames were only the 6th seed in the playoffs. They met the 2nd place finisher in the Central Division, the Chicago Blackhawks. It was the third time Calgary and Chicago had met in the playoffs, as the Flames had previously defeated the Blackhawks in 1989, 1986 and 1981. This time around, Chicago had the better of the Flames, sweeping Calgary out in four straight, and continuing the Flames playoff futility.

Looking for a spark, the Flames signed junior star Jarome Iginla to a contract before the third game, allowing him to make his NHL debut at home. Iginla scored a goal and an assist in his first two games.

This series was the Flames last playoff appearance for eight years, as Calgary did not return to the post season until 2004.

1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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
Theoren Fleury 1480465096112421314
German Titov 13822839672440220
Michael Nylander 92731738552040000
Phil Housley 65916365222-----
Gary Roberts 103522204278-----
Cory Stillman 16741619354121120
James Patrick 380332353040002
Steve Chiasson 2176825336242130
Zarley Zalapski 3380121729115401110
Mike Sullivan 3281912212440000
Sandy McCarthy 15759716173400010
Pavel Torgayev 35/1841610161410000
Ron Stern 22521051511140228
Paul Kruse 12753121514530004
Dean Evason 206777143830110
Corey Millen 34314101410-----
Jamie Huscroft 770391216240114
Sheldon Kennedy 234137103631012
Claude Lapointe 47324592020000
Jocelyn Lemieux 45204481040000
Ed Ward 424135844-----
Marty Murray 45/28153360-----
Yves Sarault 36112134-----
Trent Yawney 8690338840002
Bob Sweeney 176112620000
Kevin Dahl 4321122610000
Rick Tabaracci 3143022830004
Trevor Kidd 3747022420000
Ladislav Kohn 4651012-----
Tommy Albelin 520011440000
Jarrod Skalde 3810000-----
Niklas Sundblad 3520000-----
Cale Hulse 293000510000
Todd Hlushko 1740006-----
Joel Bouchard 540004-----
Vesa Viitakoski 1950002-----
Todd Simpson 40/27600032-----
Pat Conacher 1170000-----
Craig Ferguson 3880004-----
Dan Keczmer 391300014-----
Jarome Iginla 24-----21120

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

GoaltendersEdit

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
Trevor Kidd 37 47 2570 15 21 9 119 3 2.78 2 83 0 1 9 0 6.51
Rick Tabaracci 31 43 2391 19 16 3 117 3 2.94 3 204 0 3 7 0 2.06

TransactionsEdit

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1995–96 season.

TradesEdit

November 1, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Claude Lapointe
To Colorado Avalanche
7th round pick in 1997
November 26, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Yves Sarault
Craig Ferguson
To Montreal Canadiens
8th round pick in 1997
December 19, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Jarome Iginla
Corey Millen
To Dallas Stars
Joe Nieuwendyk
February 26, 1996 To Calgary Flames
Tommy Albelin
Cale Hulse
Jocelyn Lemieux
To New Jersey Devils
Phil Housley
Dan Keczmer
March 20, 1996 To Calgary Flames
Bob Sweeney
To New York Islanders
Pat Conacher
6th round pick in 1997

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Player New team


Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, held in Edmonton, Alberta.[8]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GPGAPtsPIM
120Denis GauthierFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDDrummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)554176077748
246Pavel SmirnovFlag of Russia RussiaFSamara CSK VVS (RSL)
372Rocky ThompsonFlag of Canada.svg CanadaRWMedicine Hat Tigers (WHL)25000117
498Jan LabraatenFlag of Sweden SwedenRWFärjestads BK (SEL)
6150Clarke WilmFlag of Canada.svg CanadaCSaskatoon Blades (WHL)455376097336
7176Ryan GillisFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDNorth Bay Centennials (OHL)
9233Steve ShirreffsFlag of the United States United StatesDN/A
  • Statistics are updated to the end of the 2008–09 NHL season. Players in italics were active on an NHL roster in 2008–09.

Farm teamsEdit

Saint John FlamesEdit

The Baby Flames finished the 1995–96 American Hockey League season in second place in the Canadian Division with a 35–30–11–4 record. The tied the Prince Edward Island Senators in points, but lost out on the division title by virtue of having three fewer wins. The Flames defeated the St. John's Maple Leafs three games to one, then knocked off the Fredericton Canadiens four games to one before falling to the Portland Pirates in seven games.[9] Ladislav Kohn led the Flames with 28 goals and 73 points. Dwayne Roloson was the starting goaltender, posting an 33–22–11 record with a 2.83 GAA in 67 games.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Flames turn to Page, New York Times, July 18, 1995, accessed January 29, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dolezar, Jon A., Say it aint so: Calgary Flames, cnnsi.com, August 8, 2001, Accessed January 29, 2007
  3. Calgary Flames history, calgaryflames.com, accessed January 29, 2007
  4. Boxscore: Detroit 3, Calgary 0, usatoday.com, accessed January 29, 2007
  5. Legends of Hockey player profile: Gary Roberts, legendsofhockey.net, accessed January 29, 2007
  6. Longtime Flames relish playoff opportunity, cbc sports, April 5, 2004, accessed January 29, 2007
  7. All-Star Selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 22
  8. Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed January 12, 2007
  9. 1995–96 AHL playoffs @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 29, 2007
  10. Saint John Flames player stats @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 29, 2007



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