List of Calgary Flames award winners

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Calgary Flames awards
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Jarome Iginla is honoured during a Molson Cup ceremony.
Award Wins
Stanley Cup
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
Presidents' Trophy
Art Ross Trophy
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Calder Memorial Trophy
Conn Smythe Trophy
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
NHL Foundation Player Award
NHL Plus-Minus Award
Ted Lindsay Award
Vezina Trophy
William M. Jennings Trophy
Awards won 27

The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Flames arrived in Calgary in 1980 after transferring from the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where they were known as the Atlanta Flames from their founding in 1972 until relocation.[1]

The Flames have won numerous team and individual awards and honours since moving to Calgary. The team has captured the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as Western Conference champion in 1986, 1989 and 2004, winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. Jarome Iginla is the team's most decorated player, with two Rocket Richard Trophy wins, an Art Ross Trophy, and a Lester B. Pearson Award along with two selections to the NHL First All-Star Team, one to the Second All-Star Team, and a selection to the All-Rookie Team in 1997. Theoren Fleury, Al MacInnis and Jarome Iginla each played in six National Hockey League All-Star Games, the most in Flames history.

Two players have had their numbers retired by the Flames. Lanny McDonald's number 9 was removed from circulation in 1989, while Mike Vernon's number 30 was retired in 2007. Additionally, Al MacInnis' number 2 was honoured in 2012. McDonald is also one of several Hockey Hall of Famers who were associated with the Flames. Joe Mullen and Al MacInnis played several seasons in Calgary as part of Hall of Fame careers, while general manager Cliff Fletcher, coach Bob Johnson and owner Harley Hotchkiss have each been inducted as builders.

The Flames have three internal team awards. The Molson Cup is awarded to the player who earns the most three-star selections throughout the season. The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, given for dedication and community service, and J. R. "Bud" McCaig Award, given for respect and courtesy, are presented towards the end of each season.

League awards[edit]

Team trophies[edit]

A replica of the Presidents' Trophy on display at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Calgary Flames have won the Western (previously the Campbell) Conference three times in franchise history, winning the Stanley Cup once, in 1989.[2][3] They have twice won the Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the NHL during the regular season.[4]

Award Description Times
Stanley Cup NHL championship 1 1988–89
Presidents' Trophy Regular season championship 2 1987–88, 1988–89
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl Western Conference playoff championship 3 1985–86, 1988–89, 2003–04

Individual awards[edit]

Jarome Iginla is one of the Flames' most decorated players. In 2001–02, Iginla led the NHL with 52-goals and 96-points, earning him the Rocket Richard and Art Ross Trophies. Iginla also was named the most valuable player as selected by his peers, and a first team all-star. Iginla won his second Richard Trophy when he tied for the league lead in goals with 41 in 2003–04.[5]

Lanny McDonald was the first winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1987–88, earning the award in recognition of his charity work in both Toronto and Calgary.[6] Sergei Makarov was a controversial winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1989–90. He won the rookie of the year award at the age of 31 after spending 13 seasons in the Soviet League. As a result, the NHL changed the rules for the award, restricting it to players aged 26 or younger.[7]

Jarome Iginla has won numerous league awards while a member of the Flames.
Miikka Kiprusoff won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender in 2005–06.
Dion Phaneuf was named a first-team All-Star in 2007–08.
Award Description Winner[8] Season
Art Ross Trophy Regular season scoring champion Jarome Iginla 2001–02
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey Lanny McDonald 1982–83
Gary Roberts 1995–96
Calder Memorial Trophy Rookie of the year Eric Vail 1974–75
Willi Plett 1976–77
Gary Suter 1985–86
Joe Nieuwendyk 1987–88
Sergei Makarov 1989–90
Conn Smythe Trophy Most valuable player of the playoffs Al MacInnis 1988–89
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Leadership qualities on and off the ice and humanitarian contributions within their community Lanny McDonald 1987–88
Joe Nieuwendyk 1994–95
Jarome Iginla 2003–04
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Gentlemanly conduct Bob MacMillan 1978–79
Joe Mullen 1986–87
NHL Foundation Player Award Player who applies commitment, perseverance and leadership to enrich the lives of people in his community Jarome Iginla 2003–04
NHL Plus-Minus Award Best plus/minus Brad McCrimmon 1987–88
Joe Mullen 1988–89
Theoren Fleury 1990–91
Mark Messier Leadership Award Leadership on-ice, motivation of team mates and dedication to community Jarome Iginla 2008–09
Rocket Richard Trophy Most goals in the regular season Jarome Iginla 2001–02
Ted Lindsay Award Most valuable player as chosen by the players Jarome Iginla 2001–02
Vezina Trophy Top goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff 2005–06
William M. Jennings Trophy Fewest goals given up in the regular season Miikka Kiprusoff 2005–06
NHL All-Rookie Team Top rookies at each position Jamie Macoun (D) 1983–84
Hakan Loob (F) 1983–84
Gary Suter (D) 1985–86
Joe Nieuwendyk (F) 1987–88
Sergei Makarov (F) 1989–90
Jarome Iginla (F) 1996–97
Derek Morris (D) 1998–99
Dion Phaneuf (D) 2005–06
NHL First All-Star Team Top performers at each position over the course of the season Hakan Loob (RW) 1987–88
Joe Mullen (RW) 1988–89
Al MacInnis (D) 1989–90
Jarome Iginla (RW) 2001–02
Miikka Kiprusoff (G) 2005–06
Dion Phaneuf (D) 2007–08
NHL Second All-Star Team Top performers at each position over the course of the season Lanny McDonald (RW) 1982–83
Gary Suter (D) 1987–88
Brad McCrimmon (D) 1987–88
Al MacInnis (D) 1986–87
Mike Vernon (G) 1988–89
Theoren Fleury (RW) 1994–95
Jarome Iginla (RW) 2003–04
denotes player won the award as a member of the Atlanta Flames

All-Star Game selections[edit]

The National Hockey League All-Star Game is a mid-season exhibition game held annually between many of the top players of each season. Twenty-four All-Star Games have been held since the Flames arrived in Calgary, with at least one player representing the Flames in each year but 2001. The All-Star game has not been held in various years: 1995 and 2005 as a result of labour stoppages, 2006 and 2010 because of the Winter Olympics, and 1987 due to the Rendez-vous '87 series between the NHL and the Soviet national team. The NHL also holds a Young Stars Game for first- and second-year players.[9]

The Flames hosted the 1985 All-Star Game at the Olympic Saddledome. A sell-out crowd saw the Wales Conference defeat the Campbell Conference 6–4, while Al MacInnis and Paul Reinhart represented the Flames at the game.[10] Along with Theoren Fleury, MacInnis played a franchise high six All-Star Games as a member of the Flames.

Robyn Regehr represented the Flames at the Young Stars game in 2002.
Theoren Fleury, pictured in 2008, represented the Flames in six All-Star Games.
Year Player(s)
2015 Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano
2012 Jarome Iginla
2011 Jarome Iginla (Did not play)
2009 Jarome Iginla
2008 Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf
2007 Miikka Kiprusoff, Dion Phaneuf
2004 Jarome Iginla
Matthew Lombardi (Young Stars Game)
2003 Jarome Iginla
Jordan Leopold (Young Stars Game)
2002 Jarome Iginla
Robyn Regehr (Young Stars Game)
2001 none
2000 Valeri Bure, Phil Housley
1999 Theoren Fleury
1998 Theoren Fleury
1997 Theoren Fleury
1996 Theoren Fleury
1994 Al MacInnis, Joe Nieuwendyk
1993 Gary Roberts, Mike Vernon
1992 Theoren Fleury, Al MacInnis, Gary Roberts
1991 Theoren Fleury, Al MacInnis, Gary Suter, Mike Vernon
1990 Al MacInnis, Joe Mullen, Joe Nieuwendyk, Mike Vernon
1989 Joe Mullen, Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Suter, Mike Vernon
1988 Al MacInnis, Brad McCrimmon, Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Suter, Mike Vernon
1986 Gary Suter
1985 Al MacInnis, Paul Reinhart
1984 Lanny McDonald
1983 Lanny McDonald
1982 Pekka Rautakallio
1981 Kent Nilsson

Career achievements[edit]

Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

Several members of the Flames organization have been honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame during the team's history in Calgary. Lanny McDonald was the first Flame player inducted, gaining election in 1992. McDonald recorded 215 goals in 492 games for the Flames, including a team record 66 goals in 1982–83. He was joined in 2000 by a fellow member of the 1989 Stanley Cup championship team, Joe Mullen. Mullen spent five seasons with the Flames, recording 388 points and capturing two Lady Byng Trophies. Grant Fuhr, elected in 2003, became the third former Flames player to enter the Hall. Fuhr played only one season in Calgary; however, he recorded his 400th career win in a Flames uniform, a victory over the Florida Panthers on October 22, 1999.[11] In 2007, Al MacInnis became the fourth former Flame inducted into the Hall, and the third to earn his Hall of Fame credentials primarily as a Flame. MacInnis was a member of the Flames from 1981 until 1994. He is best remembered for his booming slapshot, as well as for winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1989 as the most valuable player of playoffs.[12] On June 28, 2011, Joe Nieuwendyk was announced as an inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[13] Nieuwendyk played with the Flames from 1986-1987 until 1994-95. Joe was the team captain from 1991 until he left in '95.

Three members of team management have been inducted in the "Builders" category. Former head coach "Badger" Bob Johnson joined McDonald in the class of 1992, gaining election as a builder. Johnson coached five seasons with the Flames from 1982–87, and his 193 wins remain a team record. Cliff Fletcher was the Flames general manager from the organization's inception in 1972 until 1991–a span of 19 years. During that time, the Flames qualified for the playoffs sixteen consecutive times between 1976 and 1991. Fletcher was inducted in 2004. In 2006, Harley Hotchkiss became the third Flames builder to gain election. Hotchkiss is the team's current governor, and is an original member of the ownership group that purchased and brought the Flames to Calgary in 1980. He has served many years as the chairman of the NHL Board of Directors, during which he played a significant role in the resolution of the 2004–05 lockout.[11]

Flames radio broadcaster Peter Maher was named the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2006 for his years of service as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Calgary Flames. Maher has been the radio voice of the Flames since 1981, the team's second season in Calgary. He has called six All-Star Games and four Stanley Cup Finals.[11] Former athletic trainer Bearcat Murray, who served with the Flames from 1980 until 1996 and remains with the organization as a community ambassador, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers.[14]

Individual Category Year Years with Flames
Lanny McDonald Player 1992 1981–1989
Bob Johnson Builder 1992 1982–1987
Joe Mullen Player 2000 1985–1990
Grant Fuhr Player 2003 1999–2000
Cliff Fletcher Builder 2004 1972–1991
Harley Hotchkiss Builder 2006 1980–2011
Al MacInnis Player 2007 1981–1994
Brett Hull Player 2009 1986–1988
Daryl Seaman Builder 2010 1980–2009
Joe Nieuwendyk Player 2011 1986–1995
Doug Gilmour Player 2011 1988–1992

Retired numbers[edit]

Two rectangular banners, both white with red and yellow trim at the top and bottom.  The left one says "1981 – 1989 McDONALD 9" and the right "1982 – 2002 VERNON 30"
McDonald and Vernon's banners hang from the Saddledome rafters.

The Calgary Flames have retired two numbers, and a third was retired league-wide. The Flames retired #9 in honour of Lanny McDonald who played right wing for the Flames from 1981 to 1989, winning the Stanley Cup as the Flames captain in his final year. Mike Vernon's #30 is also retired; he was a goaltender with the Flames for fourteen years, from 1982–94 and 2000-02.[15] Wayne Gretzky's #99 was retired league-wide in 1999.

Number Player Year Years with Flames
9 Lanny McDonald 1989 1981–1989
30 Mike Vernon 2007 1982–1994

"Forever a Flame"[edit]

The organization introduced the "Forever a Flame" program in 2012 to replace the retiring of numbers as the highest honour the team can give a former player. The first player so honoured was Al MacInnis, who was a Flames draft pick in 1981, played 13 seasons in Calgary during which he was an eight-time all-star and winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 1989 playoffs.[16] The second player so honoured was Joe Nieuwendyk, whose banner was raised March 7, 2014.[17]

Number Player Year Years with Flames
2 Al MacInnis 2012 1981–1994
25 Joe Nieuwendyk 2014 1987–1995

Team awards[edit]

Molson Cup[edit]

The Flames are one of several teams in Canada that award the Molson Cup to the player who is named one of a game's top three players, or "three stars", most often over the course of the regular season. Jarome Iginla has won the Molson Cup six times, the most in team history.[18]

Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award[edit]

The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award.

The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award is a Flames team award given each year to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service." It was first awarded in 1987, and is named in honour of one of the Flames original owners, Ralph Thomas Scurfield.[19] Mikael Backlund was named the recipient for the 2013–14 season in recognition for his charitable work in both Calgary and Sweden. In Calgary, he acts as spokesman for both the Special Olympics and the Kid's Cancer Care Foundation.[20]

J. R. "Bud" McCaig Award[edit]

The J. R. "Bud" McCaig Award is a team award given annually to two people, a player and a Flames' staff member, who "best exemplify Mr. McCaig’s enduring virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals he encountered both in his professional and everyday life." The award is named in honour of Bud McCaig, a long time owner of the Flames who died in 2005.[21] Matt Stajan was the player's recipient in 2013–14.[22]


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