1991–92 Calgary Flames season

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1991–92 Calgary Flames
Division5th Smythe
Conference8th Campbell
1991–92 record31–37–12
Home record19–14–7
Road record12–23–5
Goals for296 (5th)
Goals against305 (19th)
Team information
General ManagerDoug Risebrough
CoachDoug Risebrough
Guy Charron (interim)
CaptainJoe Nieuwendyk
ArenaOlympic Saddledome
Average attendance19,719
Team leaders
GoalsGary Roberts (53)
AssistsAl MacInnis (57)
PointsGary Roberts (90)
Penalty minutesRonnie Stern (338)
WinsMike Vernon (24)
Goals against averageMike Vernon (3.58)

The 1991–92 Calgary Flames season was the 12th National Hockey League season in Calgary, 20th season overall for the franchise which was founded in 1972. This season represented the start of a new era for the Flames, as Cliff Fletcher, the only general manager the franchise had ever known, left the team to take up the same position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1] Doug Risebrough, Fletcher's former assistant, took over the reins for the Flames.

Fletcher quickly took advantage of his former team, orchestrating one of the largest trades in NHL history, a ten-player mega deal that saw disgruntled forward Doug Gilmour go to the Leafs, along with Ric Nattress, Jamie Macoun, Rick Wamsley and Kent Manderville for former 50–goal scorer Gary Leeman, Michel Petit, Jeff Reese, Alexander Godynyuk and Craig Berube.[2] The deal is often regarded as one of the most lopsided in NHL history,[2][3] and helped transform both clubs, as the formerly inept Leafs quickly rose to contention, making two trips to the conference finals in 1993 and 1994. The deal marked the beginning of the Flames' decline, which saw them ultimately bottom out by missing the playoffs for seven straight seasons between 1996 and 2003.[4]

Prior to the season, the Flames lost defenceman Rick Lessard to the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Dispersal and Expansion Drafts.

The Flames finished fifth in the Smythe Division, seven points behind the fourth-place Winnipeg Jets and out of the playoffs. It was the first time the Flames had missed the playoffs since 1975, when they were known as the Atlanta Flames and their first losing season since 1982–83[5] This would be the only season that the Flames would miss the playoffs between 1976 and 1996.

Individually, three Flames represented the Campbell Conference at the 1992 All-Star Game: Forwards Gary Roberts and Theoren Fleury, and defenceman Al MacInnis.[6] Roberts' 53 goals tied him for third in the NHL, behind Brett Hull (70) and Kevin Stevens (54).[7]

Fleury and MacInnis also represented Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup, winning the tournament.[8] MacInnis was named a tournament all-star. Joel Otto and Gary Suter suited up for the Americans.[9]

Regular season[edit]

On November 4, 1991, the Flames were shut-out 4–0 by the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Flames had not been shut out in a regular-season game since Sunday, February 26, 1989, when they lost 1–0 on the road to the Winnipeg Jets. Prior to their loss in New York, the Flames had gone 188 consecutive regular season games without being shut-out.[10][11][12][13]

The Flames' penalty-killing struggled during the regular season, as they most power-play goals (107) in the NHL. They were also the most penalized team in the league, being short-handed 489 times.[14]

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division[15]
GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Vancouver Canucks 80 42 26 12 285 250 96
2 Los Angeles Kings 80 35 31 14 287 250 84
3 Edmonton Oilers 80 36 34 10 295 297 82
4 Winnipeg Jets 80 33 32 15 251 244 81
5 Calgary Flames 80 31 37 12 296 305 74
6 San Jose Sharks 80 17 58 5 219 359 39
Campbell Conference[16]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings NRS 80 43 25 12 320 256 98
2 Vancouver Canucks SMY 80 42 26 12 285 250 96
3 Chicago Blackhawks NRS 80 36 29 15 257 236 87
4 Los Angeles Kings SMY 80 35 31 14 287 296 84
5 St. Louis Blues NRS 80 36 33 11 279 266 83
6 Edmonton Oilers SMY 80 36 34 10 295 297 82
7 Winnipeg Jets SMY 80 33 32 15 251 244 81
8 Calgary Flames SMY 80 31 37 12 296 305 74
9 Minnesota North Stars NRS 80 32 42 6 246 278 70
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NRS 80 30 43 7 234 294 67
11 San Jose Sharks SMY 80 17 58 5 219 359 39

Divisions: NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe
bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

1991–92 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Flames finished 5th in the Smythe Division, seven points back of the 4th place Winnipeg Jets. As a result, the Flames missed the playoffs for the first time since their move to Calgary. The last time the franchise had missed the post season was in 1974–75 when the team was still known as the Atlanta Flames[5]

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
Gary Roberts 10 76 53 37 90 207 - - - - -
Al MacInnis 2 72 20 57 77 83 - - - - -
Theoren Fleury 14 80 33 40 73 133 - - - - -
Sergei Makarov 42 68 22 48 70 60 - - - - -
Joe Nieuwendyk 25 69 22 34 56 55 - - - - -
Gary Suter 20 70 12 43 55 128 - - - - -
Robert Reichel 26 70 20 34 54 32 - - - - -
Paul Ranheim 28 80 23 20 43 32 - - - - -
Doug Gilmour 39 38 11 27 38 46 - - - - -
Joel Otto 29 78 13 21 34 161 - - - - -
Carey Wilson 33 42 11 12 23 37 - - - - -
Ron Stern 22 72 13 9 22 338 - - - - -
Marc Habscheid 17 46 7 11 18 42 - - - - -
Tomas Forslund 27 38 5 9 14 12 - - - - -
Jamie Macoun 34 37 2 12 14 53 - - - - -
Michel Petit 7 36 3 10 13 79 - - - - -
Trent Yawney 18 47 4 9 13 45 - - - - -
Frank Musil 3 78 4 8 12 103 - - - - -
Gary Leeman 11 29 2 7 9 27 - - - - -
Mark Osiecki 55 50 2 7 9 24 - - - - -
Chris Lindberg 32 17 2 5 7 17 - - - - -
Mike Vernon 30 63 0 7 7 8 - - - - -
Craig Berube 23/16 36 1 4 5 155 - - - - -
Ric Nattress 6 19 0 5 5 31 - - - - -
Paul Kruse 12 16 3 1 4 65 - - - - -
Martin Simard 13 21 1 3 4 119 - - - - -
Tim Hunter 19 30 1 3 4 167 - - - - -
Tim Sweeney 7 11 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Neil Sheehy 15 35 1 2 3 119 - - - - -
Nevin Markwart 23 10 2 1 3 25 - - - - -
Greg Smyth 6 7 1 1 2 15 - - - - -
Stephane Matteau 23 4 1 0 1 19 - - - - -
Richard Zemlak 21 5 0 1 1 42 - - - - -
Alexander Godynyuk 21 6 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Jeff Reese 35 12 0 1 1 12 - - - - -
Jim Kyte 4 21 0 1 1 107 - - - - -
Darryl Olsen 32 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Scott Sharples 1 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Trevor Kidd 37 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Kevan Guy 5 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Todd Harkins 37 5 0 0 0 7 - - - - -
Rick Wamsley 31 9 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rich Chernomaz 16 11 0 0 0 6 - - - - -

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

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
Mike Vernon 30 63 3640 24 30 9 217 2 3.58 - - - - - - -
Scott Sharples 1 1 65 0 0 1 4 0 3.69 - - - - - - -
Jeff Reese 35 12 587 3 2 2 37 1 3.78 - - - - - - -
Trevor Kidd 37 2 120 1 1 0 8 0 4.00 - - - - - - -
Rick Wamsley 31 9 457 3 4 0 34 0 4.46 - - - - - - -

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

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1991–92 season.

Trades[edit]

August 26, 1991 To Calgary Flames
6th round pick in 1991
To Hartford Whalers
Paul Fenton
January 2, 1992 To Calgary Flames
Gary Leeman
Alexander Godynyuk
Jeff Reese
Michel Petit
Craig Berube
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Doug Gilmour
Jamie Macoun
Ric Nattress
Rick Wamsley
Kent Manderville

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
Player New team
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Draft picks[edit]

Calgary's picks at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, held in Buffalo, New York.[17]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 19 Niklas Sundblad  Sweden RW AIK (SEL) 2 0 0 0 0
2 41 Francois Groleau  Canada D Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 8 0 1 1 6
3 52 Sandy McCarthy  Canada RW Laval Titan (QMJHL) 736 72 76 148 1534
3 63 Brian Caruso  Canada LW UMD (WCHA)
4 85 Steve Magnusson  United States C Minnesota (WCHA)
5 107 Jerome Butler  United States G UMD (WCHA)
6 129 Bobby Marshall  Canada D Miami University (CCHA)
7 140 Matt Hoffman  United States C Oshawa Generals (OHL)
7 151 Kelly Harper  Canada RW Michigan State (CCHA)
8 173 David St. Pierre  Canada C Longueuil (QMJHL)
9 195 David Struch  Canada C Saskatoon Blades (WHL) 4 0 0 0 4
10 217 Sergei Zolotov  Russia LW Krylya Sovetov (RUS)
11 239 Marko Jantunen  Finland RW Reipas Lahti (FNL) 3 0 0 0 0
12 261 Andrei Trefilov  Russia G HC Dynamo Moscow (RSL) 54 12–25–4, 3.45GAA
S 25 Dean Larson  Canada C N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Player stats: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 120
  • Game log: 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg 138
  • Team standings: 1991–92 NHL standings @hockeydb.com
  • Trades:
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  2. ^ a b Dolezar, Jon A., Say it aint so: Calgary Flames, cnnsi.com, August 8, 2001, Accessed May 14, 2007
  3. ^ Patrick, Anthony, Fear and Loathing in Calgary Archived 2007-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, Calgarypuck, June 8, 2001, accessed May 14, 2007
  4. ^ Gilmour begins again with Leafs in Calgary, cbc.ca, March 13, 2003, accessed May 14, 2007
  5. ^ a b Year-by-year results, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 106
  6. ^ All-star selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, pg. 22
  7. ^ 1991–92 scoring leaders, hockeydb.com, accessed May 14, 2007
  8. ^ 1991 Canada Cup - Team Canada roster, hhof.com, accessed May 16, 2007
  9. ^ 1991 Canada Cup - Team USA roster Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, hhof.com, accessed May 16, 2007
  10. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/CGY/1989_games.html
  11. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/CGY/1990_games.html
  12. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/CGY/1991_games.html
  13. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/CGY/1992_games.html
  14. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1992.html
  15. ^ "1991-1992 Division Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  16. ^ "1991-1992 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  17. ^ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed May 14, 2007