2001–02 Calgary Flames season

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2001–02 Calgary Flames
Division 4th Northwest
Conference 11th Western
2001–02 record 32–35–12–3
Home record 20–14–5–2
Road record 12–21–7–1
Goals for 201 (22nd)
Goals against 220 (20th)
Team information
General Manager Craig Button
Coach Greg Gilbert
Captain Dave Lowry (Oct-Feb)
Bob Boughner (Feb-Apr)
Craig Conroy (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Jarome Iginla
Robyn Regehr
Arena Pengrowth Saddledome
Average attendance 15,705
Team leaders
Goals Jarome Iginla (52)
Assists Craig Conroy (48)
Points Jarome Iginla (96)
Penalties in minutes Bob Boughner (170)
Wins Roman Turek (30)
Goals against average Roman Turek (2.53)
<2000–01 2002–03>

The 2001–02 Calgary Flames season was the 22nd National Hockey League season in Calgary. It began with wholesale changes, as second year General Manager Craig Button continued to change the look of the team. In two separate draft-day trades, the Flames dealt goaltender Fred Braithwaite and forwards Valeri Bure and Jason Wiemer away, gaining back Roman Turek and Rob Niedermayer.

The changes appeared to pay off, as the Flames stormed out to a 13–2–2–2 record, and first place in the division. The result prompted the Flames to sign Turek - a pending unrestricted free agent - to a long-term deal.[1] The team, however, collapsed, winning only 19 of their remaining 63 games, finishing 4th in the Northwest Division, and out of the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

The season ended with head coach Greg Gilbert and top forward Marc Savard in a bitter, public feud that included the latter demanding a trade late in the season and into the summer.[2]

Individually, Jarome Iginla broke into the spotlight, leading the NHL in goals (52) and points (96). His season would land him the Rocket Richard Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award.[3] Iginla also finished second in Hart Memorial Trophy voting, tied with winner Jose Theodore on points (434), but behind Theodore in first place votes (26–23).[4]

Iginla was also a member of Canada's team at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. He recorded two goals in the gold medal game against the United States, which Canada won 5–2 to claim their first ice hockey gold medal in 50 years.[5]

Regular season[edit]

The Flames were involved in a tragic incident during their March 16, 2002, game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. During the second period of the contest, a slapshot by Columbus' Espen Knutsen was deflected into the crowd off the stick of Flames defenceman Derek Morris. The puck struck a fan, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil, who was at her first NHL game. Though she was able to leave the game under her own power, the blow tore a vertebral artery and resulted in a blood clot. She died two days later; she was the first fan to die at a game in the NHL's 85-year history.[6] Three months after the incident, the NHL instituted a policy requiring that protective netting be placed around the ends of each rink prior to the start of the 2002–03 season, a decision which both the Flames and Blue Jackets advocated.[7]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
2 8 Vancouver Canucks 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
3 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
4 11 Calgary Flames 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
5 12 Minnesota Wild 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73

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

Western Conference[8]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 51 17 10 4 251 187 116
2 y – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 45 28 8 1 212 169 99
3 y – San Jose Sharks PAC 82 44 27 8 3 248 199 99
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 27 8 4 227 188 98
5 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 41 27 13 1 216 207 96
6 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 40 27 9 6 228 210 95
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 40 27 11 4 214 190 95
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 42 30 7 3 254 211 94
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 38 28 12 4 205 182 92
10 Dallas Stars PAC 82 36 28 13 5 215 213 90
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 32 35 12 3 201 220 79
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 26 35 12 9 195 238 73
13 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 29 42 8 3 175 198 69
14 Nashville Predators CEN 82 28 41 13 0 196 230 69
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 22 47 8 5 164 255 57

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

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


Schedule and results[edit]

2001–02 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Flames finished 11th in the Western Conference, 15 points back of the 8th place Vancouver Canucks. This was the sixth consecutive season the Flames failed to qualify for the post-season.

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
Jarome Iginla 12 82 52 44 96 77 - - - - -
Craig Conroy 22 81 27 48 75 32 - - - - -
Dean McAmmond 37 73 21 30 51 60 - - - - -
Derek Morris 53 61 4 30 34 88 - - - - -
Marc Savard 27 56 14 19 33 48 - - - - -
Toni Lydman 32 79 6 22 28 52 - - - - -
Igor Kravchuk 25 78 4 22 26 19 - - - - -
Rob Niedermayer 44 57 6 14 20 49 - - - - -
Clarke Wilm 23 66 4 14 18 61 - - - - -
Scott Nichol 40 60 8 9 17 107 - - - - -
Jamie Wright 18 44 4 12 16 20 - - - - -
Dave Lowry 10 62 7 6 13 51 - - - - -
Denis Gauthier 3 66 5 8 13 91 - - - - -
Steve Begin 26 51 7 5 12 79 - - - - -
Ronald Petrovicky 36 77 5 7 12 85 - - - - -
Robyn Regehr 28 77 2 6 8 93 - - - - -
Jeff Shantz 11 40 3 3 6 23 - - - - -
Bob Boughner 6 79 2 4 6 170 - - - - -
Roman Turek 1 69 0 5 5 4 - - - - -
Craig Berube 16 66 3 1 4 164 - - - - -
Petr Buzek 8 32 1 3 4 13 - - - - -
Steve Montador 58 11 1 2 3 26 - - - - -
Mike Vernon 29 18 0 3 3 0 - - - - -
Blake Sloan 24 7 0 2 2 4 - - - - -
Jason Botterill 20 4 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Blair Betts 15 6 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Kay Whitmore 35 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dallas Eakins 26 3 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Alan Letang 2 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ryan Christie 39 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Micki DuPont 42 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Oleg Saprykin 19 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
All traded players -- 3 5 8 68 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Bold text denotes league leader.

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP Min W L T GA SO Sv% GAA GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Roman Turek 1 69 4081 30 28 11 172 5 .906 2.53 - - - - - - - -
Mike Vernon 29 18 825 2 9 1 38 1 .899 2.73 - - - - - - - -
Kay Whitmore 35 1 58 0 1 0 3 0 .857 3.10 - - - - - - - -

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 2002–03 season:[9]

Trades[edit]

June 23, 2001 To Calgary Flames
Rob Niedermayer
2001 2nd round pick
To Florida Panthers
Valeri Bure
Jason Wiemer
June 23, 2001 To Calgary Flames
Roman Turek
2001 4th round pick
To St. Louis Blues
Fred Brathwaite
Daniel Tkaczuk
Sergei Varlamov
2001 9th round pick
June 24, 2001 To Calgary Flames
Dean McAmmond
To Philadelphia Flyers
2002 4th round pick
December 18, 2001 To Calgary Flames
Petr Buzek
To Atlanta Thrashers
Jeff Cowan
Kurtis Foster
March 19, 2002 To Calgary Flames
Blake Sloan
To Nashville Predators
Jamie Allison

Free agents[edit]

Player signed Former team
Bob Boughner Pittsburgh Penguins
Kay Whitmore Boston Bruins
Player lost New team
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Draft picks[edit]

Calgary's picks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida.[10] The Flames had the 11th overall pick, however traded it to the Phoenix Coyotes in a swap that saw them gain the 14th pick.

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 14 Chuck Kobasew  Canada RW Boston College (HE) 601 110 100 210 394
2 41 Andrei Taratukhin  Russia C Avangard Omsk (RSL)
2 56 Andrei Medvedev  Russia G Spartak Moscow (RSL)
4 108 Tomi Maki  Finland RW Jokerit (FIN) 1 0 0 0 0
4 124 Egor Shastin  Russia F Avangard Omsk (RSL)
5 145 James Hakewill  United States D Westminster (USHS)
5 164 Yuri Trubachev  Russia C St. Petersburg (RUS)
7 207 Garrett Bembridge  Canada RW Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
7 220 David Moss  United States RW Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) 441 74 92 166 133
8 233 Joe Campbell  United States D Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
8 251 Ville Hamalainen  Finland RW SaiPa (FIN)
Statistics are updated to the end of the 2013–14 NHL season. denotes player was on an NHL roster in 2013–14.

Farm teams[edit]

Saint John Flames[edit]

The baby Flames followed up their Calder Cup winning season with a disappointing 29–34–13–4 result in 2001–02, finishing in last place in the Canadian Division, missing the playoffs. Blair Betts led the Flames with just 49 points, while Dany Sabourin was the top goaltender in limited action.[11]

Johnstown Chiefs[edit]

The Chiefs finished the 2001–02 ECHL season with a 39–31–2 record, good enough for third place in the Northwest Division. They were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Dayton Bombers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flames ink Turek long-term, cbc sports, November 20, 2001, accessed December 19, 2006.
  2. ^ Flames ship Savard to Thrashers, cbc sports, November 15, 2002, accessed December 19, 2006.
  3. ^ NHL Awards 2002, proicehockey.about.com, accessed December 19, 2006.
  4. ^ Jose Theodore named NHL MVP, cbc sports, June 27, 2002, accessed December 19, 2006.
  5. ^ Stand on guard for thee, CNNSI.com, February 24, 2002, accessed December 22, 2006.
  6. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (2012-03-15). "Death of Brittanie: Cecil 10 years later". Calgary Sun. p. 22. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ MacFarlane, Steve (2012-03-15). "Net reaction". Calgary Sun. p. 23. 
  8. ^ "2001-2002 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  9. ^ Off-season trades and signings, cbc sports, July 17, 2002, accessed December 6, 2006.
  10. ^ 2001 NHL Entry Draft results, nhl.com, accessed December 18, 2006.
  11. ^ 2001–02 Saint John Flames stats, hockeydb.com, accessed December 21, 2006.