1990–91 Calgary Flames season

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1990–91 Calgary Flames
Division 2nd Smythe
Conference 4th Campbell
1990–91 record 46–26–8
Home record 29–8–3
Road record 17–18–5
Goals for 344 (1st)
Goals against 263 (6th)
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Doug Risebrough
Captain Rotating
Alternate captains Rotating
Arena Olympic Saddledome
Average attendance 19,986
Team leaders
Goals Theoren Fleury (51)
Assists Al MacInnis (75)
Points Theoren Fleury (104)
Penalties in minutes Gary Roberts (252)
Wins Mike Vernon (31)
Goals against average Rick Wamsley (3.05)
<1989–90 1991–92>

The 1990–91 Calgary Flames season was the 11th National Hockey League season in Calgary. The Flames entered the season with a new coach, as they replaced Terry Crisp with Doug Risebrough. Crisp coached 277 games with the Flames over three years, and his .669 regular season winning percentage remains a Flames record.[1]

The Los Angeles Kings ended the Flames three year run at the top of the Smythe Division standings, finishing two points ahead of Calgary. The Flames finished 4th overall in the NHL[2] Calgary's 344 goals led the NHL, the second time the Flames led the league in scoring. In the playoffs, Calgary met the defending champion Edmonton Oilers in the first round. Despite finishing 20 points ahead of Edmonton, the Flames fell to the Oilers in seven games.

Four Flames represented the Campbell Conference at the 1991 All-Star Game: forward Theoren Fleury, defencemen Al MacInnis and Gary Suter and goaltender Mike Vernon. Additionally, MacInnis was named to the First All-Star team for the second season in a row.[3]

Fleury's 51 goals tied him for 2nd in league scoring, behind Brett Hull's 86. Fleury (104) and MacInnis (103) placed 8th and 9th respectively in league point scoring, with MacInnis leading the league in scoring by a defenceman. MacInnis also placed 3rd in the league in assists.[4]

In an 8-4 Flames' road win over the St. Louis Blues on March 9, 1991, Theoren Fleury scored three short-handed goals.[5]

Regular season[edit]

For the second consecutive season, the Flames led the league in scoring (344 goals for), power-play goals scored (91: tied with the New York Rangers) and power-play percentage, with 23.70% (91 for 384).[6]

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Los Angeles Kings 80 46 24 10 340 254 102
Calgary Flames 80 46 26 8 344 263 100
Edmonton Oilers 80 37 37 6 272 272 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 43 9 243 315 65
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 43 11 260 288 63

[7]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Campbell Conference[8]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks NRS 80 49 23 8 284 211 106
2 Los Angeles Kings SMY 80 46 24 10 340 254 102
3 St. Louis Blues NRS 80 47 22 11 310 250 105
4 Calgary Flames SMY 80 46 26 8 344 263 100
5 Edmonton Oilers SMY 80 37 37 6 272 272 80
6 Detroit Red Wings NRS 80 34 38 8 273 298 76
7 Minnesota North Stars NRS 80 27 39 14 256 266 68
8 Vancouver Canucks SMY 80 28 43 9 243 315 65
9 Toronto Maple Leafs NRS 80 23 46 11 241 318 57
10 Winnipeg Jets SMY 80 26 43 11 260 288 63

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

1990–91 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Flames met their arch-rivals, the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs. Despite finishing 20 points ahead of Edmonton in the regular season, the Flames fell to the Oilers in seven games. Calgary's game six victory featured Theoren Fleury's memorable dash down the length of the ice following his overtime winning goal. As of 2009, it was the last time the two rivals met in the playoffs.

1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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 14 79 51 53 104 136 7 2 5 7 14
Al MacInnis 2 78 28 75 103 90 7 2 3 5 8
Joe Nieuwendyk 25 79 45 40 85 36 7 4 1 5 10
Doug Gilmour 39 78 20 61 81 144 7 1 1 2 0
Sergei Makarov 42 78 30 49 79 44 3 1 0 1 0
Gary Suter 20 79 12 58 70 102 7 1 6 7 12
Gary Roberts 10 80 22 31 53 252 7 1 3 4 18
Robert Reichel 26 66 19 22 41 22 6 1 1 2 0
Joel Otto 29 76 19 20 39 183 7 1 2 3 8
Stephane Matteau 23 78 15 19 34 93 5 0 1 1 0
Paul Ranheim 28 39 14 16 30 4 7 2 2 4 0
Brian MacLellan 27 57 13 14 27 55 1 0 0 0 0
Mark Hunter 22 57 10 15 25 125 - - - - -
Jamie Macoun 34 79 7 15 22 83 7 0 1 1 4
Frank Musil 3 67 7 14 21 160 7 0 0 0 10
Ric Nattress 6 58 5 13 18 63 7 1 0 1 2
Roger Johansson 21 38 4 13 17 47 - - - - -
Tim Sweeney 7 42 7 9 16 8 - - - - -
Paul Fenton 12 31 5 7 12 10 5 0 0 0 2
Jim Kyte 4 42 0 9 9 69 7 1 3 4 14
Tim Hunter 19 34 5 2 7 142 7 0 0 0 10
Sergei Priakin 16 24 1 6 7 0 - - - - -
Ron Stern 22 13 1 3 4 69 7 1 3 4 14
Ken Sabourin 55 16 1 3 4 36 - - - - -
Mike Vernon 30 54 0 4 4 8 7 0 0 0 0
Jiri Hrdina 17 14 0 3 3 4 - - - - -
Martin Simard 38 16 0 2 2 53 - - - - -
Dana Murzyn 5 19 0 2 2 30 - - - - -
Rick Lessard 32 1 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Rick Wamsley 31 29 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Steve Guenette 1 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Paul Kruse 18 1 0 0 0 7 - - - - -
Kevan Guy 5 4 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Marc Bureau 33 5 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Colin Patterson 11 - - - - - 1 0 0 0 0

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

Goaltenders[edit]

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
Rick Wamsley 31 29 1670 14 7 5 85 0 3.05 1 2 0 0 1 0 30.00
Mike Vernon 30 54 3121 31 19 3 172 1 3.31 7 427 3 4 21 0 2.95
Steve Guenette 1 1 60 1 0 0 4 0 4.00 - - - - - - -

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1990–91 season.

Trades[edit]

October 26, 1990 To Calgary Flames
Frank Musil
To Minnesota North Stars
Brian Glynn
December 13, 1990 To Calgary Flames
Jim Kyte
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jiri Hrdina
January 24, 1991 To Calgary Flames
Paul Fenton
To Washington Capitals
Ken Sabourin
March 5, 1991 To Calgary Flames
Carey Wilson
To Hartford Whalers
Mark Hunter
March 5, 1991 To Calgary Flames
Ron Stern
Kevan Guy
Future Considerations
To Vancouver Canucks
Dana Murzyn

Free Agents[edit]

Player Former team
Player New team
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Draft picks[edit]

Calgary's picks at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, held in Vancouver, British Columbia.[9]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 11 Trevor Kidd  Canada G Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 387 140–162–52, 2.84GAA
2 26 Nicolas Perreault  Canada D N/A
2 32 Vesa Viitakoski  Finland LW SaiPa (FNL) 23 2 4 6 8
2 41 Etienne Belzile N/A D Cornell University (ECAC)
3 62 Glen Mears  United States D Rochester Mustangs (USHL)
4 83 Paul Kruse  Canada LW Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 423 38 33 71 1074
6 125 Chris Tschupp  United States LW N/A
7 146 Dmitri Frolov  Soviet Union D Dynamo Moscow (USSR)
8 167 Shawn Murray N/A G N/A
9 188 Michael Murray  United States RW N/A
10 209 Rob Sumner  Canada D Victoria Cougars (WHL)
12 251 Leo Gudas N/A D N/A
S 24 Lyle Wildgoose  Canada LW N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 121
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 138
  • Team standings: 1990–91 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. ^ Head Coaches, 2006–07 Calgary Flames media guide, pg. 103
  2. ^ 1990–91 season, 2006–07 Calgary Flames media guide, pg. 121
  3. ^ All-Stars, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 22
  4. ^ 1990–91 league leaders, hockeydb.com
  5. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199103090STL.html
  6. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1991.html
  7. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  8. ^ "1990-1991 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  9. ^ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed May 16, 2007