1981–82 Calgary Flames season

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1981–82 Calgary Flames
Division 3rd Smythe
1981–82 record 29–34–17
Home record 20–11–9
Road record 9–23–8
Goals for 334 (5th)
Goals against 345 (T-13th)
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Al MacNeil
Captain Brad Marsh (Oct-Nov)
Phil Russell (Nov-Apr)
Alternate captains None
Arena Stampede Corral
Average attendance 7,231
Team leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (40)
Assists Guy Chouinard (57)
Points Mel Bridgman (87)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (288)
Wins Pat Riggin (19)
Goals against average Pat Riggin (4.23)

The 1981–82 Calgary Flames season was the second season in Calgary and tenth for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League. The follow-up to the Flames' first season in Calgary proved to be disappointing on the ice. 29 wins represented the Flames lowest total since the franchise's inaugural season in Atlanta.[1] Despite the poor record, Calgary finished in third place in the newly organized Smythe Division, earning a playoff match-up against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames returned to their Atlanta form, being swept out of the post-season in three straight games, as the Canucks began their run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The 1981–82 season saw the Flames acquire Lanny McDonald from the Colorado Rockies, bringing the Hanna, Alberta product home. Sporting his trademark moustache, McDonald would spend his final seven seasons with the Flames, and remains an icon in Calgary. McDonald would score 34 of his 40 goals that season in a Flames uniform.

Pekka Rautakallio was the Flames representative at the 1982 All-Star Game.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 48 17 15 417 295 111
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 33 17 290 288 77
Calgary Flames 80 29 34 17 334 345 75
Los Angeles Kings 80 24 41 15 314 369 63
Colorado Rockies 80 18 49 13 241 362 49

[3]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.

Schedule and results[edit]

1981–82 Game log

Playoffs[edit]

1982 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
Guy Chouinard 16 64 23 57 80 12 3 0 1 1 6
Mel Bridgman 26 63 26 49 75 94 3 2 0 2 14
Pekka Rautakallio 4 80 17 51 68 40 3 0 0 0 0
Lanny McDonald 9 55 34 33 67 37 3 0 1 1 6
Jim Peplinski 24 74 30 37 67 115 3 1 0 1 13
Kevin LaVallee 15 75 32 29 61 30 3 0 0 0 7
Paul Reinhart 23 62 13 48 61 17 3 0 1 1 2
Willi Plett 25 78 21 36 57 288 3 1 2 3 39
Kent Nilsson 14 41 26 29 55 8 3 0 3 3 2
Jamie Hislop 17 80 16 25 41 35 3 0 0 0 0
Phil Russell 5 71 4 25 29 110 3 0 1 1 2
Gary McAdam 28 46 12 15 27 18 3 0 0 0 0
Denis Cyr 9/12 45 12 10 22 13 - - - - -
Dan Labraaten 21 43 10 12 22 6 3 0 0 0 0
Bob Murdoch 20 73 3 17 20 76 3 0 0 0 0
Don Lever 12 23 8 11 19 6 - - - - -
Steve Konroyd 3 63 3 14 17 78 3 0 0 0 12
Bill Clement 10 69 4 12 16 28 3 0 0 0 2
Charlie Bourgeois 2 54 2 13 15 112 3 0 0 0 7
Bob MacMillan 11 23 4 7 11 14 - - - - -
Eric Vail 27 6 4 1 5 0 - - - - -
Kari Eloranta 8 10 0 5 5 14 - - - - -
Pat Riggin 1 52 0 5 5 4 3 0 0 0 0
Dave Hindmarch 18 9 3 0 3 0 - - - - -
Bobby Gould 19 16 3 0 3 4 - - - - -
Eddy Beers 27 5 1 1 2 21 - - - - -
Mike Dwyer 29 5 0 2 2 0 - - - - -
Gord Wappel 21 11 1 0 1 6 - - - - -
Carl Mokosak 19 1 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Brad Marsh 22 17 0 1 1 10 - - - - -
Rejean Lemelin 31 34 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Randy Turnbull 22 1 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Bruce Eakin 19 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bobby Lalonde 11 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tim Hunter 19 2 0 0 0 9 - - - - -
Al MacInnis 11 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Pat Ribble 22/8 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Randy Holt 7 8 0 0 0 9 - - - - -


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
Pat Riggin 1 52 2934 19 19 11 207 2 4.23 3 194 0 3 10 0 3.09
Rejean Lemelin 31 34 1866 10 15 6 135 0 4.34 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1981–82 season.

Trades[edit]

November 10, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Gary McAdam
To Detroit Red Wings
Eric Vail
November 11, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Mel Bridgman
To Philadelphia Flyers
Brad Marsh
November 25, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Lanny McDonald
4th round pick in 1983 Entry Draft
(traded to New York Islanders;
Islanders selected Mikko Makela)
To Colorado Rockies
Don Lever
Bob MacMillan
November 25, 1981 To Calgary Flames
Pat Ribble
2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft
(traded to Montreal Canadiens;
Todd Francis)
To Washington Capitals
Bobby Gould
Randy Holt
March 8, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To St. Louis Blues
Kari Eloranta

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
LW Gord Hampson University of Michigan (NCAA)
LW Carl Mokosak Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
D Kari Eloranta Leksands IF (Elitserien)
C Bobby Lalonde Boston Bruins
C Kari Jalonen Kärpät (SM-liiga)
LW Eddy Beers University of Denver (NCAA)
Player New team
RW Dave Gorman Buffalo Sabres
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Draft picks[edit]

Calgary's picks at the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[4]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 15 Al MacInnis  Canada D Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 1416 340 934 1274 1501
3 56 Mike Vernon  Canada G Calgary Wranglers (WHL) 781 385–273–92, 3.00GAA
4 78 Peter Madach  Sweden C N/A
5 99 Mario Simioni  Canada F Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
6 120 Todd Hooey  Canada F Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
7 141 Rick Heppner  United States D N/A
8 162 Dale DeGray  Canada D Oshawa Generals (OHL) 153 18 47 65 195
9 183 George Boudreau  United States D N/A
10 204 Bruce Eakin  Canada F Saskatoon Blades (OHL) 13 2 2 4 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Player stats: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 130.
  • Game log: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 141.
  • Team standings: 1981–82 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades: Individual player pages at hockeydb.com
  1. ^ Year-by-year results, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 106.
  2. ^ All-Star selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  3. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  4. ^ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed December 16, 2007.