|In the 2009-10 season, the Flames marked their 29th NHL season, 30th year in Calgary and 25th year in the Pengrowth Saddledome during the 2009-10 season.
Since their arrival in 1980, the team has captivated hockey fans with their on-ice success, including a Stanley Cup victory in 1989, while establishing a solid off-ice reputation for community involvement through millions of dollars of contributions to charitable organizations throughout southern Alberta.
On May 21, 1980, Nelson Skalbania and a group of Calgary entrepreneurs consisting of Doc and B.J. Seaman, Harley Hotchkiss, Norm Green, Ralph Scurfield and Norman Kwong announced the acquisition of the Atlanta Flames franchise and declared their intention to relocate the team to Alberta.
In August, 1981, Skalbania sold his interest in the team to the Calgary contingent. The remaining six local businessmen continued to hold exclusive ownership until June 15, 1990 when Norm Green left to become owner of the Minnesota North Stars (now Dallas Stars).
On August 8, 1994, further revisions to the club ownership structure saw the addition of six new investors and the departure of two of the team’s original owners (Norman Kwong and Sonia Scurfield).
Subsequent changes and evolutions in the ownership group have led to the current group of six owners: N. Murray Edwards, Harley N. Hotchkiss, Alvin G. Libin, Allan P. Markin, the estate of J.R. McCaig and Clayton B. Riddell. The ownership group jointly controls operations for the Calgary Flames, the Pengrowth Saddledome and the WHL Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club.
On October 9, 1980, in their inaugural game at the Stampede Corral, the Flames battled the Quebec Nordiques to a 5–5 tie. The team played a total of 146 league, playoff and exhibition games at the Corral, losing only 28 regular season and four playoff games in three seasons, before moving across the street into the Saddledome in October, 1983.
The Flames formally assumed management of the Saddledome on August 1, 1994 and after extensive renovations, the venue was reopened on October 25, 1995. Today, the Pengrowth Saddledome is internationally recognized as a Calgary landmark.
In their 30-year history in Calgary, the Flames have become a premier franchise in the NHL. The pinnacle of the team’s history was being crowned Stanley Cup champions for the 1988-89 season.
In addition, they have captured two Presidents’ Trophies for finishing the regular season with the best overall record (1987-88, 1988-89), three Clarence Campbell Conference titles (1985-86, 1988-89, 2003-04), two Smythe Division playoff championships (1985-86, 1988-89), two Pacific Division titles (1993-94, 1994-95) and a Northwest Division title (2005-06), plus several NHL individual and team honours and numerous attendance records.
The Flames’ first appearance in the Cup finals was in 1986, and their most recent in 2004, when they electrified not only the city of Calgary but captivated all of Canada with their inspirational playoff run.
In 2003-04, the Flames launched an exciting new red jersey as their home sweater, while the traditional whites were worn strictly for road games. The C of Red was revived during the NHL playoffs, and the red Flames jersey became the top-selling jersey launch in NHL history.
In June 2009, the Flames named Brent Sutter as their new head coach. Brent amassed an 18-year NHL playing career with the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks.