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1985–86 Calgary Flames
Campbell Conference Champions
Smythe Division Champions
Division 2nd Smythe
Conference 2nd Campbell
1985–86 record 40–31–9
Home record 23–11–6
Road record 17–20–3
Goals for 354 (2nd)
Goals against 315 (14th)
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Bob Johnson
Captain Lanny McDonald,
Jim Peplinski and
Doug Risebrough
Arena Olympic Saddledome
Average attendance 16,762
Team leaders
Goals Hakan Loob (31)
Assists Al MacInnis (57)
Points Dan Quinn (72)
Penalties in minutes Tim Hunter (291)
Wins Rejean Lemelin (29)
Goals against average Mike Vernon (3.39)
<1984–85 1986–87>

The 1985–86 Calgary Flames season was the sixth season in Calgary and 14th for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League. It was a banner season for the Flames, who overcame a franchise record eleven game losing streak to finish 2nd in the Smythe Division before capturing the franchise's first Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, and becoming the first Calgary team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals since the 1923–24 Calgary Tigers. The Flames dream season would end at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated Calgary in five games.

The Flames playoff run saw them upset the heavily favoured Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division final. Looking to capture their third consecutive Stanley Cup, The Oilers were defeated in seven games, with the series winning goal being scored into his own net by Oilers rookie Steve Smith.[1] Smith collapsed to the ice as the Flames players celebrated the difference maker in what would finish as a 3–2 Calgary win. Perry Berezan was credited with the goal, despite being on the bench at the time the puck went in the net. Smith's error remains one of the most legendary blunders in hockey history.[2][3][4]

The Battle of Alberta also featured another strange incident during the regular season. On January 2, 1986, following a line brawl between the Flames and Oilers, the Flames' Doug Risebrough grabbed Oilers enforcer Marty McSorley's jersey off the ice, took it to the penalty box, and shredded it with his skates. Incensed by this action, Oilers General Manager and Coach, Glen Sather threatened to send the Flames a $1000 invoice to replace the destroyed jersey.[5]

Gary Suter captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie, while also being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team[6] Suter was also named as the Flames lone representative at the 1986 All-Star Game.[7] Hakan Loob captured the Molson Cup.

Contents

Regular season

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Season standings

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 56 17 7 426 310 119
Calgary Flames 80 40 31 9 354 315 89
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 47 7 295 372 59
Vancouver Canucks 80 23 44 13 282 333 59
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 49 8 284 389 54

Game log

1985–86 Game log

Playoffs

1986 Stanley Cup playoffs

Player stats

Skaters

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
Dan Quinn 10 78 30 42 72 44 18 8 7 15 10
Lanny McDonald 9 80 28 43 71 44 22 11 7 18 30
Gary Suter 20 80 18 50 68 141 10 2 8 10 8
Al MacInnis 2 77 11 57 68 76 21 4 15 19 30
Hakan Loob 12 68 31 36 67 36 22 4 10 14 6
Joel Otto 29 79 25 34 59 188 22 5 10 15 80
Jim Peplinski 24 77 25 35 59 214 22 5 9 14 107
Carey Wilson 33 76 29 29 58 24 9 0 2 2 2
Steve Bozek 26 64 21 22 43 24 14 2 6 8 32
Doug Risebrough 8 62 15 28 43 169 22 7 9 16 38
Joe Mullen[A] 7 29 16 22 38 11 21 12 7 19 4
Perry Berezan 21 55 12 21 33 39 8 1 1 2 6
Paul Reinhart 23 32 8 25 33 15 21 5 13 18 4
Jamie Macoun 34 77 11 21 32 81 22 1 6 7 23
Richard Kromm 22 63 12 17 29 31 - - - - -
Colin Patterson 11 61 14 13 27 22 19 6 3 9 10
Steve Konroyd 3 59 7 20 27 64 - - - - -
Eddy Beers 27 33 11 10 21 8 - - - - -
Neil Sheehy 5 65 2 16 18 271 22 0 2 2 79
Tim Hunter 19 66 8 7 15 291 19 0 3 3 108
Gino Cavallini 6 27 7 7 14 26 - - - - -
Charlie Bourgeois 28 29 5 5 10 128 - - - - -
Paul Baxter 4 47 4 3 7 194 13 0 1 1 55
John Tonelli 27 9 3 4 7 10 22 7 9 16 49
Terry Johnson 6 24 1 4 5 71 17 0 3 3 64
Rejean Lemelin 31 60 0 5 5 10 3 0 1 1 0
Yves Courteau 25 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brian Bradley 14 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Nick Fotiu 22 9 0 1 1 21 11 0 1 1 34
Mike Vernon 30 18 0 1 1 4 21 0 1 1 0
Robin Bartell 15 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 16
Dale DeGray 28 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Mark Lamb 16 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rik Wilson 32 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Marc D'Amour 1 15 0 0 0 22 - - - - -
Mike Eaves[B] 17 - - - - - 8 1 1 2 8
Brett Hull 16 - - - - - 2 0 0 0 0

A  Mullen scored 44 goals and 90 points combined between St. Louis and Calgary, both totals would lead the Flames over a full season.
B  Eaves came out of retirement May 4, 1986, to replace Carey Wilson, who had become injured in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Traded mid-season.

Goaltenders

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
Mike Vernon 30 18 921 9 3 3 52 1 3.39 21 1229 12 9 60 0 2.93
Marc D'Amour 1 15 560 2 4 2 32 0 3.43 - - - - - - -.--
Rejean Lemelin 31 60 3369 29 24 4 229 1 4.08 3 109 0 1 7 0 3.85

Transactions

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1985–86 season.

Trades

May 29, 1985 To Calgary Flames
4th round pick in 1987 (Tim Harris)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Don Edwards
July 15, 1985 To Calgary Flames
2nd round pick in 1985 (Joe Nieuwendyk)
2nd round pick in 1987 (Stephane Matteau)
To Minnesota North Stars
Kent Nilsson
3rd round pick in 1986 (Brad Turner)
January 16, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Tom Thornbury
To Quebec Nordiques
Tony Stiles
February 1, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Terry Johnson
Joe Mullen
Rik Wilson
To St. Louis Blues
Eddy Beers
Charlie Bourgeois
Gino Cavallini
March 11, 1986 To Calgary Flames
John Tonelli
To New York Islanders
Steve Konroyd
Rich Kromm
March 11, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Nick Fotiu
To New York Rangers
Future Considerations
March 11, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Tom McMurchy
To Chicago Black Hawks
Rik Wilson

Free agents

Player Former team
D Robin Bartell Canadian national team
LW Bob Bodak Springfield Indians (AHL)
Player New team
C Bruce Eakin Detroit Red Wings
RW Jim Jackson Buffalo Sabres
C Steve Tambellini Vancouver Canucks
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Draft picks

Calgary's picks at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, held in Toronto, Ontario.[8]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 17 Chris Biotti  United States D N/A
2 27 Joe Nieuwendyk  Canada C Cornell University (ECAC) 1257 564 562 1126 677
2 38 Jeff Wenaas  Canada C Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
3 59 Lane MacDonald  United States LW Harvard University (ECAC)
4 80 Roger Johansson  Sweden D IF Troja-Ljungby (Sweden) 161 9 34 43 163
5 101 Esa Keskinen  Finland C TPS (SM-liiga)
6 122 Tim Sweeney  United States LW N/A 291 55 83 138 123
7 143 Stu Grimson  Canada LW Regina Pats (WHL) 729 17 22 39 2113
8 164 Nate Smith  United States D N/A
9 185 Darryl Olsen  Canada D N/A 1 0 0 0 0
10 206 Peter Romberg  West Germany D ECD Iserlohn (W. Germany)
11 227 Alexander Kozhevnikov  Soviet Union F Spartak Moscow (USSR)
12 248 Bill Gregoire  Canada D Victoria Cougars (WHL)

See also

References

  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 126.
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 140.
  • Team standings: 1985–86 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. ^ Steve Smith, oilersheritage.com, accessed October 13, 2007.
  2. ^ Swift, E. M., SI Flashback: Stanley Cup 1986, cnnsi.com, accessed October 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Top 10: Game 7's, cbc.ca, accessed October 13, 2007.
  4. ^ Biggest Stanley Cup playoff chokes, espn.com, accessed October 13, 2007.
  5. ^ Sandor, Steven (2005). The Battle of Alberta: A Century of Hockey's Greatest Rivalry. p. 131–133. ISBN 1–894974–01–8.  
  6. ^ Award Winners, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 23.
  7. ^ All-Star Selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  8. ^ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed October 13, 2007.

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