1982–83 Calgary Flames season

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1982–83 Calgary Flames
Division 2nd Smythe
1982–83 record 32–34–14
Home record 21–12–7
Road record 11–22–7
Goals for 321 (T-7th)
Goals against 317 (13th)
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Bob Johnson
Captain Phil Russell
Alternate captains None
Arena Stampede Corral
Average attendance 7,242
Team leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (66)
Assists Guy Chouinard (59)
Points Kent Nilsson (104)
Penalties in minutes Doug Risebrough (138)
Wins Rejean Lemelin (16)
Don Edwards (16)
Goals against average Rejean Lemelin (3.61)

The 1982–83 Calgary Flames season was the third season in Calgary and 11th for the Flames franchise in the National Hockey League. Despite finishing the season below .500, the Flames had their best ever finish in the division standings, placing second in the Smythe Division.[1] In the playoffs, Calgary was able to avenge the previous season's defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks by knocking off Vancouver in four games. In the second round, the Flames met up with their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, for the first time. The series would not be close, as Edmonton powered past Calgary in five games, including humiliating 10–2 and 9–1 victories over the Flames.

"Badger" Bob Johnson replaced Al MacNeil as the team's head coach prior to the season. Johnson would go on to coach 400 games with the Flames, and win 193 games in five seasons, both of which remain Flames records.[2] Johnson would later gain election into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.[3]

Lanny McDonald, in his first full season in Calgary, had a career year, battling Wayne Gretzky for the scoring lead all season long. McDonald finished the season five goals behind Gretzky, but his mark of 66 remains a Flames record.[4] McDonald was the Flames representative at the 1983 All-Star Game,[5] and was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game.[6]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 47 21 12 424 315 106
Calgary Flames 80 32 34 14 321 316 78
Vancouver Canucks 80 30 35 15 303 309 75
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 39 8 311 333 74
Los Angeles Kings 80 27 41 12 308 365 66

[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.

Schedule and results[edit]

1982–83 Game log

Playoffs[edit]

1983 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
Kent Nilsson 14 80 46 58 104 10 9 1 11 12 2
Lanny McDonald 9 80 66 32 98 90 7 3 4 7 19
Paul Reinhart 23 78 17 58 75 28 9 6 3 9 2
Guy Chouinard 7 80 13 59 72 18 9 1 6 7 4
Doug Risebrough 8 71 21 37 58 138 9 1 3 4 18
Mel Bridgman 26 79 19 31 50 103 9 3 4 7 33
Kari Eloranta 20 80 4 40 44 43 9 1 3 4 17
Jim Peplinski 24 80 15 26 41 134 8 1 1 2 45
Kevin LaVallee 15 60 19 16 35 17 8 1 3 4 4
Jamie Hislop 17 79 14 19 33 17 9 0 2 2 6
Phil Russell 5 78 13 18 31 112 9 1 4 5 24
Eddy Beers 27 41 11 15 26 21 8 1 1 2 27
Dave Hindmarch 18 60 11 12 23 23 4 0 0 0 4
Jim Jackson 16 48 8 12 20 7 8 2 1 3 2
Steve Christoff 11 45 9 8 17 4 1 0 0 0 0
Richie Dunn 6 80 3 11 14 47 9 1 1 2 8
Carl Mokosak 10 41 7 6 13 87 - - - - -
Kari Jalonen 21 25 9 3 12 4 5 1 0 1 0
Greg Meredith 25 35 5 4 9 8 5 3 1 4 4
Charlie Bourgeois 2 15 2 3 5 21 - - - - -
Jamie Macoun 34 22 1 4 5 25 9 0 2 2 8
Rejean Lemelin 31 39 0 5 5 7 7 0 0 0 0
Al MacInnis 22 14 1 3 4 9 - - - - -
Pierre Rioux 32 14 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Denis Cyr 12 11 1 1 2 0 - - - - -
Tim Hunter 19 16 1 0 1 54 9 1 0 1 70
Pat Ribble 28 28 0 1 1 18 - - - - -
Don Edwards 1 39 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
Mike Vernon 30 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Howard Walker 12 3 0 0 0 7 - - - - -
Tim Harrer 12 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gord Hampson 27 4 0 0 0 5 - - - - -
Tim Bernhardt 29 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - -


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

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
Rejean Lemelin 31 39 2211 16 12 8 133 0 3.61 7 327 3 3 27 0 4.95
Don Edwards 1 39 1109 16 15 6 148 1 4.02 5 226 1 2 22 0 5.84
Tim Bernhardt 29 6 280 0 5 0 21 0 4.50 - - - - - - -.--
Mike Vernon 30 2 100 0 2 0 11 0 6.60 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1982–83 season.

Trades[edit]

May 29, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Richie Dunn
Don Edwards
2nd round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Richard Kromm)
1st round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Dan Quinn)
To Buffalo Sabres
1st round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Paul Cyr)
2nd round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Jens Johansson)
1st round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Normand Lacombe)
2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (John Tucker)
June 2, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Kari Eloranta
To St. Louis Blues
Future Considerations
June 7, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Steve Christoff
Bill Nyrop
2nd round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Dave Reierson)
To Minnesota North Stars
Willi Plett
4th round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Dusan Pasek)
June 7, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Howard Walker
George White
6th round pick in 1982 Entry Draft (Mats Kihlstrom)
3rd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Perry Berezan)
4th round pick in 1984 Entry Draft (Paul Ranheim)
To Washington Capitals
Ken Houston
Pat Riggin
September 11, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Doug Risebrough
2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft
(traded to Minnesota North Stars;
North Stars selected Frank Musil)
To Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitals' 2nd round pick in 1983 Entry Draft (Todd Francis)
3rd round pick in 1984 Entry Draft (Graeme Bonar)
November 8, 1982 To Calgary Flames
rights to Carey Wilson
To Chicago Black Hawks
Denis Cyr
December 2, 1982 To Calgary Flames
Yves Courteau
To Detroit Red Wings
Bob Francis

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
G Marc D'Amour Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
RW Pierre Rioux Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
LW Dan Bolduc Montreal Canadiens
D Tony Stiles Michigan Tech (NCAA)
LW Jim Jackson Muskegon Mohawks (IHL)
D Jamie Macoun Ohio State University (NCAA)
W Colin Patterson Clarkson College (NCAA)
Player New team
LW Dan Labraaten Leksands IF (Elitserien)
D Pekka Rautakallio HIFK (SM-liiga)
LW Gary McAdam Buffalo Sabres
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Draft picks[edit]

Calgary's picks at the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, held in Montreal, Quebec.[8]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
2 29 Dave Reierson  Canada D Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) 2 0 0 0 0
3 51 Jim Laing  United States D Clarkson University (ECAC)
4 65 Dave Meszaros  Canada G Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
4 72 Mark Lamb  Canada C Billings Bighorns (WHL) 403 46 100 146 291
5 93 Lou Kiriakou  Canada D Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
6 114 Jeff Vaive  Canada C Ottawa 67's (OHL)
6 118 Mats Kihlstrom  Sweden D N/A
7 135 Brad Ramsden  Canada C Peterborough Petes (OHL)
8 156 Roy Myllari  Canada D Cornwall Royals (OHL)
9 177 Ted Pearson  Canada F University of Wisconsin–Madison (WCHA)
10 198 Jim Uens  Canada C Oshawa Generals (OHL)
11 219 Rick Erdall  United States C University of Minnesota (WCHA)
12 240 Dale Thompson  Canada RW Calgary Wranglers (WHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Player stats: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 129.
  • Game log: 2007–08 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 141.
  • Team standings: 1982–83 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. ^ Head Coaches, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 103.
  3. ^ Bob Johnson profile at http://www.legendsofhockey.net, accessed December 16, 2007.
  4. ^ 1982–83 season, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 129.
  5. ^ All-Star selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  6. ^ Bill Masterton Trophy winner at http://www.legendsofhockey.net, accessed December 16, 2007.
  7. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  8. ^ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed December 16, 2007.