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1998–99 Calgary Flames · NHL
Division 3rd Northwest
Conference 9th Western
1998–99 record 30–40–12
Home record 15–20–6
Road record 15–20–6
Goals for 211 (15th)
Goals against 234 (22nd)
General Manager Al Coates
Coach Brian Sutter
Captain Todd Simpson
Arena Canadian Airlines Saddledome
Average attendance 16,201
Team leaders
Goals Theoren Fleury (30)
(traded mid-season)
Assists Phil Housley (43)
Points Theoren Fleury (69)
(traded mid-season)
Penalties in minutes Jason Wiemer (177)
Wins Fred Brathwaite (11)
Goals against average Fred Brathwaite (2.45)
CalgaryFlameshorselogo

Calgary Flames 3rd jersey logo, introduced in 1998

The 1998–99 Calgary Flames season was the 19th National Hockey League season in Calgary. The Flames opened their season up at "home", in Tokyo, Japan, as the NHL scheduled a two game series in the Asian country between the Flames and the San Jose Sharks.[1]

The Flames were plagued by numerous injuries to their goaltenders, including both starter Ken Wregget and backup Tyler Moss at the same time. Ultimately, the Flames were forced to recall Tyrone Garner from his junior team on an emergency basis before finally signing Fred Brathwaite, who was playing in Europe with the Canadian National team. The highly popular Brathwaite recorded a shutout against the Dallas Stars in his first start, allowing the Flames goaltending situation to stabilize. In all, the Flames used six different goaltenders.

February 28, 1999, marked the end of an era for the Flames, as diminutive star Theoren Fleury was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in a five player trade that ultimately saw prospect Robyn Regehr come to the Flames as part of the deal. Fleury was the Flames' all time leading scorer when he was dealt. The deal was made as the small-market Flames felt they would be unable to meet Fleury's contract demands, as he was set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent in the summer.[2]

Despite losing their top star, the Flames proceeded to win seven of their first ten games without Fleury, propelling them into a playoff position. Calgary would win only two of their last eleven games, however, falling to 9th in the conference and missing the playoffs by six points.

Before being dealt, Fleury represented the Flames at the 1999 NHL All Star Game, recording two assists for the North American team.[3]

During this season, the Flames introduced the "flaming horse" third jerseys in conjunction with the "Year of the Cowboy."[4]

Prior to the season, the Flames lost defenceman Joel Bouchard to the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. In addition, the Flames dealt Jim Dowd to the Preds in exchange for a promise not to draft a goaltender in the draft.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Northwest Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Colorado Avalanche 82 44 28 10 98 239 205 1619
Edmonton Oilers 82 33 37 12 78 230 226 1373
Calgary Flames 82 30 40 12 72 211 234 1389
Vancouver Canucks 82 23 47 12 58 192 258 1764

Game logEdit

1998–99 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

The Flames finished 9th in the Western Conference, just six points behind the 8th place Edmonton Oilers. Calgary failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season.

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
Cory Stillman 16 76 27 30 57 38 - - - - -
Phil Housley 6 79 11 43 54 52 - - - - -
Valeri Bure 8 80 26 27 53 22 - - - - -
Jarome Iginla 12 82 28 23 51 58 - - - - -
Andrew Cassels 21 70 12 25 37 18 - - - - -
Derek Morris 53 71 7 27 34 73 - - - - -
Jeff Shantz 11 69 12 17 29 40 - - - - -
Jason Wiemer 24 78 8 13 21 177 - - - - -
Clarke Wilm 23 78 10 8 18 53 - - - - -
Steve Smith 55 69 1 14 15 80 - - - - -
Andrei Nazarov 62 36 5 9 14 30 - - - - -
Steve Dubinsky 18 61 4 10 14 14 - - - - -
Cale Hulse 32 73 3 9 12 117 - - - - -
Hnat Domenichelli 17 23 5 5 10 11 - - - - -
Todd Simpson 27 73 2 8 10 151 - - - - -
Rene Corbet 20 20 5 4 9 10 - - - - -
Ed Ward 42 68 3 5 8 67 - - - - -
Denis Gauthier 3 55 3 4 7 68 - - - - -
Dave Roche 25 36 3 3 6 44 - - - - -
Tommy Albelin 5 60 1 5 6 8 - - - - -
Bob Bassen 28 41 1 2 3 35 - - - - -
Martin St. Louis 46 13 1 1 2 10 - - - - -
Fred Brathwaite 40 28 0 2 2 2 - - - - -
Eric Landry 26 3 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Wade Belak 29 9 0 1 1 23 - - - - -
Tyler Moss 30 11 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Eric Charron 39 12 0 1 1 14 - - - - -
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 47 15 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Rico Fata 44 20 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Ken Wregget 31 27 0 1 1 8 - - - - -
Lee Sorochan 33 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rocky Thompson 22 3 0 0 0 25 - - - - -
Tyrone Garner 1 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Andrei Trefilov 35 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Chorske 26 7 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Bench/Traded players -- 33 47 80 123 - - - - -

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

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; 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
Fred Brathwaite 40 28 1663 11 9 7 68 1 2.45 - - - - - - -
Ken Wregget 31 27 1590 10 12 4 67 1 2.53 - - - - - - -
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 47 15 860 6 7 1 46 0 3.21 - - - - - - -
Tyler Moss 30 11 550 3 7 0 23 0 2.51 - - - - - - -
Andrei Trefilov 35 4 162 0 3 0 11 0 4.07 - - - - - - -
Tyrone Garner 1 3 139 0 2 0 12 0 5.18 - - - - - - -

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

TransactionsEdit

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1998–99 season.[5]

TradesEdit

June 17, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Ken Wregget
Dave Roche
To Pittsburgh Penguins
German Titov
Todd Hlushko
June 26, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To Nashville Predators
Jim Dowd
July 2, 1998 To Calgary Flames
David Cooper
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ladislav Kohn
July 14, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Bob Bassen
To Dallas Stars
Aaron Gavey
August 7, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To Washington Capitals
Rick Tabaracci
October 27, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Jeff Shantz
Steve Dubinsky
To Dallas Stars
Jamie Allison
Marty McInnis
Erik Andersson
December 29, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Andrei Trefilov
To Chicago Blackhawks
Future Considerations
February 28, 1999 To Calgary Flames
Rene Corbet
Wade Belak
Robyn Regehr
To Colorado Avalanche
Theoren Fleury
Chris Dingman
March 22, 1999 To Calgary Flames
Tom Chorske
To Washington Capitals
Future Considerations
March 23, 1999 To Calgary Flames
Cash considerations
To San Jose Sharks
Greg Pankewicz

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Player New team

Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, held in Buffalo, New York.[6]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GPGAPtsPIM
16Rico FataFlag of Canada.svg CanadaRWLondon Knights (OHL)230273663104
233Blair BettsFlag of Canada.svg CanadaCPrince George Cougars (WHL)33928204896
362Paul ManningFlag of Canada.svg CanadaDColorado College (NCAA)80002
4102Shaun SutterFlag of Canada.svg CanadaRWMedicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
4108Dany SabourinFlag of Canada.svg CanadaGSherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)5717–23–2–4, 2.87GAA
5120Brent GauvreauFlag of Canada.svg CanadaRWOshawa Generals (OHL)
7192Radek DudaFlag of the Czech Republic Czech RepublicRWLethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
8206Jonas FrogrenFlag of Sweden SwedenDFärjestads BK (SEL)4116728
9234Kevin MitchellFlag of the United States United StatesDGuelph Storm (OHL)
  • 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 1998–99 AHL season with a record of 31–40–8–1, fourth in the Atlantic Division with 71 points. They proceeded to shock the division winning Lowell Lock Monsters in the first round of the playoffs 3 games to 0. The Flames would then be swept themselves by the Fredericton Canadiens.[7] Martin St. Louis led the Flames in both goals (28) and points (62). Saint John used five different goaltenders as a result of Calgary's injury woes in goal. Jean-Sebastien Giguere played the most games, going 18–16–3 in 39 games.[8]

Johnstown ChiefsEdit

The Flames signed a secondary affiliation deal with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League prior to the start of the season.[5] They finished 27–34–9, fifth, and last, in the Northeast Division. The Chiefs missed the playoffs.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Recap: San Jose 3, Calgary 3, usatoday.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  2. Dolezar, Jon A., Say it aint so: Calgary Flames, cnnsi.com, August 8, 2001, accessed January 13, 2007.
  3. All Star Selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  4. Flames history, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 4.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Calgary Flames 1997–2003 transactions, hockeynut.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  6. Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  7. 1998–99 AHL playoffs @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 14, 2007.
  8. Saint John Flames player stats @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 14, 2007.
  9. 1998–99 ECHL standings @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 14, 2007.


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