|1996–97 Calgary Flames · NHL|
|Goals for||214 (23rd)|
|Goals against||239 (12th)|
|General Manager||Al Coates|
|Alternate captains|| Unknown |
|Arena||Canadian Airlines Saddledome|
|Goals||Theoren Fleury (29)|
|Assists||Theoren Fleury (38)|
|Points||Theoren Fleury (67)|
|Penalties in minutes||Todd Simpson (208)|
|Wins||Trevor Kidd (21)|
|Goals against average||Trevor Kidd (2.84)|
The 1996–97 Calgary Flames season was the 17th National Hockey League season in Calgary. It was another season of decline, as the Flames began the rebuilding process after remaining near the top of the league standings for nearly a decade. Finishing 5th in the Pacific Division, the Flames missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1991–92 season, and for only the second time since coming to Calgary.
As a result of missing the playoffs, the Flames fired head coach Pierre Page following the season, replacing him with Brian Sutter. Page ended his Flames career with a coaching record of 66–78–20. His .463 winning percentage was, at the time, the worst for any coach in Flames history.
On November 23, 1996, rugged forward Sasha Lakovic authored one of the more memorable moments in the history of the Battle of Alberta when he attempted to leap over the glass at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton to attack a drunken fan who had reached over the barrier to dump a beer on the head of Flames assistant coach Guy Lapointe. Lakovic, who was held back by his team-mates from going into the crowd, was suspended two games, while the Edmonton Oilers were fined $20,000 for having inadequate security.
Rookie forward Jarome Iginla, acquired the previous season in a trade for Joe Nieuwendyk led all NHL rookies in scoring at 50 points.. Despite his success, Iginla failed to win the Calder Memorial Trophy, as defenceman Bryan Berard was voted the league's top rookie. Iginla was named to the All-Rookie team, however.
The Flames allowed the most shorthanded goals in the league in 1996–97, with 19.
|2||4||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||36||33||13||243||231||85|
|6||12||Los Angeles Kings||82||28||43||11||214||268||67|
|7||13||San Jose Sharks||82||27||47||8||211||278||62|
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.
|1996–97 Game Log|
The Flames finished 10th in the Western Conference, eight points behind the 8th place Chicago Blackhawks. The Flames missed the playoffs for the first time since 1991–92, for the second time in Calgary Flames history, and for only the fourth time in franchise history.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|All traded players||--||23||42||65||201||-||-||-||-||-|
†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
The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1996–97 season.
|November 19, 1996|| To Calgary Flames |
| To Tampa Bay Lightning |
|March 5, 1997|| To Calgary Flames |
2nd round pick in 1997
3rd round pick in 1998
| To Hartford Whalers |
Conditional pick in 1997
|March 18, 1997|| To Calgary Flames |
6th round pick in 1997
| To New York Islanders |
|Rnd||Pick||Player||Nationality||Position||Team (league)||NHL statistics|
|1||13||Derek Morris||Canada||D||Regina Pats (WHL)||793||76||264||340||794|
|2||39||Travis Brigley||Canada||LW||Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)||55||3||6||9||16|
|2||40||Steve Begin||Canada||C||Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMHJL)||409||47||39||86||482|
|3||73||Dmitri Vlasenkov||Russia||LW||Torpedo Yaroslavl (RSL)|
|4||89||Toni Lydman||Finland||D||Tappara (SM-Liiga)||593||29||149||178||421|
|4||94||Christian Lefebvre||Canada||D||Granby Prédateurs (QMJHL)|
|5||122||Josef Straka||Czech Republic||C||HC Litvínov (Czech)|
|8||202||Ryan Wade||Canada||F||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)|
|9||228||Ronald Petrovicky||Slovakia||RW||Prince George Cougars (WHL)||342||41||51||92||429|
- Statistics are updated to the end of the 2008–09 NHL season. Players in italics were active on an NHL roster in 2008–09.
The Baby Flames finished the 1996–97 American Hockey League season in second place in the Canadian Division with a 28–36–13–3 record. They were defeated in three games to two by the Hamilton Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs, however. Jarrod Skalde led the Flames with 32 goals and 68 points. Darrin Madeley was the starting goaltender, posting an 11–18–11 record with a 3.21 GAA in 46 games.
- Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 115
- Game log: 1996–97 Calgary Flames game log, usatoday.com, accessed January 21, 2007
- Team standings: 1996–97 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
- Trades: hockeydb.com player pages
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Year-by-year results, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 106
- ↑ Head Coaches, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 103
- ↑ Francis, Eric, The Uncivil War, Calgary Sun, September 19, 2003, accessed January 26, 2007
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 All-Star Selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 22
- ↑ 1996–97 season, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 115
- ↑ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed January 12, 2007
- ↑ 1997–98 AHL playoffs @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 26, 2007
- ↑ Saint John Flames player stats @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 20, 2007
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Bold indicates Stanley Cup victory
|1996–97 NHL season by team|
|Northeast Division||Boston • Buffalo • Hartford • Montreal • Ottawa • Pittsburgh|
|Atlantic Division||Florida • New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central Division||Chicago • Dallas • Detroit • Phoenix • St. Louis • Toronto|
|Pacific Division||Anaheim • Calgary • Colorado • Edmonton • L.A. • San Jose • Vancouver|
|See also||1996 NHL Entry Draft • Stanley Cup Playoffs • Stanley Cup Finals|
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