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The Atlanta Flames Draft history below:
http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/histatl.htm

Atlanta Flames 1972/73-1979/80

Nickname:
Named after the famous fire of Atlanta started by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864 destroying the key southern city of Atlanta, which was considered the beginning of the end of the Civil War.

Logo:
A stylized white A, with a red border with a flame in the center.

Colors:
Red, White, and Yellow

Coaches: (3)
Boom Boom Geoffrion 1972/73-1974/75
Fred Creighton 1974/75-1978/79
Al MacNeil 1979/80

Arena: (1)
The Omni 1972/73-1979/80

Stanley Cup Champions:
None

Stanley Cup Finals:
None

Conference Finals:
None

Division Champions:
None

Playoff Appearences: (6)
1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980

Retired Numbers:
None

Hall of Famers:
None

Captains: (4)
Keith McCreary 1972/73-1974/75
Pat Quinn 1975/76-1976/77
Tom Lysiak 1977/78-1978/79
Jean Pronovost 1979/80

All-Star Games Hosted:
None

All-Star Game MVP:
None

Jack Adams Award (Top Coach):
None

Calder Trophy
(Top Rookie): (2)
1975 Eric Vail LW
1977 Willi Plett RW

Selke Trophy (Defensive Forward):
None

Norris Trophy
(Top Defenseman):
None

Vezina Trophy (Top Goalie):
None

Hart Trophy (NHL MVP):
None

Conn Smythe Trophy
(Playoff MVP):
None

Best Season: 1978/79 (41-31-8, 90 pts)
Worst Season: 1972/73 (25-38-15, 65 pts)

Historical Moments:
1972/73: On October 7th the NHL's two newest teams faced of in New York with the Atlanta Flames edging the Islanders 3-2. A week later the NHL came to Dixie as the Flames and Buffalo Sabres played to a 1-1 stalemate. As expansion teams go the Flames were competitive finishing 7th in the Western Division with a record of 25-38-15 which was better then 4 established franchise, with more the double the point total of the Islanders their partners in expansion.

1973/74: Led by Rookie Tom Lysiak, who finishes 2nd in voting for the Calder Trophy with 64 points the Flames make the playoffs in just their 2nd season with a record of 30-34-14. However, in the playoffs the Flames would be extinguished right away by the Philadelphia Flyers losing the first 3 games by a combined score of 13-3, before losing the 4th game in overtime to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions.

1974/75: NHL begins divisional play with the Flames being placed in the Campbell Conference's Patrick Division. The Flames continued to play solid hockey posting a winning record for the first time in franchise history with a record of 34-31-15. However, the Flames would finish in last place and would miss the playoffs in a competitive conference.

1975/76: Led by All-Stars Tom Lysiak and Curt Bennett the Flames continue to play decent hockey posting a 35-33-12 record to earn their 2nd playoff berth in their 4-year history. However, the Flames would exit the playoffs without a win again losing 2 straight 1-goal games to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1 and 1-0.

1976/77: Willi Plett capture the Calder Trophy with a team high 33 goals as the Flames make the playoffs again with a record of 34-34-12. In the playoffs the Flames would be matched up against the Los Angeles Kings again dropping Game 1 of a 3-game series 5-2 in Los Angels. Needing a win to keep their hopes alive the Flames beat the Kings 3-2 to avoid the sweep. However, in Game 3 back in Los Angeles the Flames would be put out with a 4-2 loss.

1977/78: With a strong top line of Tom Lysiak , Eric Vail, and Willi Plett the Flames put together a solid season finishing in 3rd place with a 34-27-19 record. However, in the playoffs the Flames would sputter again as they lost 2 straight games to the Detroit Red Wings.

1978/79: The Flames would finish in last place in the 4-team Patrick Division. However, the Flames were not an ordinary last place team, nor was their season ruined. In fact with a 41-31-8 record the Flames would reach 90 points for the first time in franchise history while making the playoffs for the 5th straight season. However, in the playoffs the Flames would lack spark again as they are swept by the Toronto Maple Leafs losing 2 straight games by a combined score of 9-5.

1979/80: The Flames continued to post winning records making the playoffs for the 7th time in their 9-year history with a respectable record of 35-32-13. One of the highlights of the season came when Jim Craig made his NHL debut just 6 days after he backstopped the US Olympic Hockey Team's stunning Gold Medal. The debut of Jim Craig would bring a rare sellout to The Omni as he stopped 24 of 25 shots leading the Flames to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. However Craig would not win another game in 3 starts. In the playoffs the Flames would burn out quickly again as they won just 1 game as they fell to the New York Rangers in 4 games. Despite making the playoffs 7 times the Flames had just 2 postseason wins to show for it. Off the ice the Flames situation was more tenuous as owner Tom Cousins saw his real estate empire crumbling. In order to save himself from bankruptcy he had to sell the Flames. With mediocre fan support and the lack of due to a lack of major television contract, their were few offers from local interest so Cousins turned to Canadian Nelson Skalbania, who had the intention of moving the team to Calgary. In a late bid to keep the team in Atlanta actor Glenn Ford offer Cousins $8 million dollars, but it would not be close to the $16 million offered by Skalania who moved the team north of the border.

1980-1999: The Flames would go on to find a loyal fan base in Calgary, as Atlanta became a minor league city. However, in 1988 thing began to change as Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. The trade made hockey more popular in the United States and opened southern markets. Eventually the NHL would make a return to Atlanta as media mogul Ted Turner was awarded an expansion team that began play in 1999.
 

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I'm curious as to why the City of Calgary never changed the name of the team when they moved to Atlanta. Flames had a more significant meaning for Atlanta, not necessarily Calgary. Most of the other teams that moved changed their name: Nordiques -> Avalanche, Jets -> Coyotes.
 

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Leaferfan87 said:
I'm curious as to why the City of Calgary never changed the name of the team when they moved to Atlanta. Flames had a more significant meaning for Atlanta, not necessarily Calgary. Most of the other teams that moved changed their name: Nordiques -> Avalanche, Jets -> Coyotes.
Because the flaming C looked cool? :hahaha:
 

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Atlanta Flames

I always liked the flames when they were in atlanta, they had good teams but never won in the playoffs.i recall when detroit beat them in 1978 playoffs.the olympia was rocking when bill lochead scored the game winning goal with just over a minute in the game.i have that game on audio and the place was rocking along with SID and BRUCE in the booth. Donald :)
 

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Ive heard from a couple different people that the reason Calgary kept the Flames' name had something to do with all the oil rigs and stuff just outside of the city... Not quite sure what fire had to do with it. Im almost positive my dad knows the reason so Ill ask him when he gets back from business.
 

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Great series with Detroit in `78.....I really thought the Flames would win that series with the Wings. I was season ticket holder from `72-80. We packed the Omni most of the time.You couldn`t get a ticket when the Bruins, Flyers Canadians and Rangers came to town.

In the `70s southern people just didn`t watch hockey on television.There was no media money coming in at all. Nowadays Atlanta has so many northern transplants that tv viewership is not an issue.

Everything was in place to be successful. Ted Turner actually showed a lot of games on TBS CH.17 but the ratings were very low.Tom Cousins owned the NBA`s Hawks and the Flames but his Real Estate empire went to pieces in the mid-70s recession.He sold the Hawks to Ted Turner in `77. There were rumurs that Ted wanted to buy the Flames along with The Omni, but the deal never came through. There were a lot of brokrn hearts in Atlanta when the team moved to Calgary.

All in All I really miss those days in the `70s. The Flames and Flyers Patrick Division rivalry was great. It was the best division in hockey.

But that was the and this is now. We are lucky to have the Thrashers and they were put together by former Wings assistant GM Don Waddell. They have been built for the long haul and should be successful for years to come.
 
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