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Level Three Answers
- Mike Vernon is the only goaltender to have his number retired by the Calgary Flames.
- BONUS: It’s #30.
- The old arena is called the Stampede Coral when the Flames first relocated to Calgary in 1980. (If you just said the Coral, give yourself the point).
- Flames superstar Kent Nilsson was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for a draft pick. That pick was Joe Nieuwendyk.
- The player on the opposing team who scored on his own net in a crucial tie-game in game 7 of the 1986 Smythe Division final against the Flames to help the Flames win the series and advance was named Steve Smith (it was against the Oilers). Fun fact: If you search him on Wikipedia, it says the thing he’s most well-known for is that goal.
- The Flames highest ever draft pick is Sam Bennett.
- Two prominent members of the Flames during the 2004 cup run work in the Flames organization right now. Their names are Martin Gelinas and Craig Conroy.
- BONUS: Martin Gelinas is an assistant coach and Craig Conroy is the assistant GM.
- In the 2015-2016 season, the Flames scored on their own net when taking out the goaltender for an extra attacker during a delayed penalty call on the opposing team. This season, the same thing happened, only to that same opposing team as the first incident, and in the same building too. That team was the Vancouver Canucks.
- The arena that the Flames haven’t won a regular season game since 2004 is called the Honda Center located in Anaheim, home to the Ducks. They have a “Honda Center Curse” on them.
- The Flames won the Presidents Trophy a total of two times (1987-88, 1988-89).
- The Flames got Jarome Iginla in a trade with the Dallas Stars that sent Joe Nieuwendyk. (Funny how a similar situation happened with Kent Nilsson and Joe Nieuwendyk, hey?)
How’d you do!? That wasn’t so bad, right? There was a possible 22 points up for grabs so now you can have a possible of 65 points on 60 available. Over 100% isn’t too shabby, right? But hold tight, we’re getting into the hard stuff now.