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The 1998–99 Calgary Flames season was the 19th National Hockey League season in Calgary. The Flames opened their season up at "home", in Tokyo, Japan, as the NHL scheduled a two-game series in the Asian country between the Flames and the San Jose Sharks.[1]

1998–99 Calgary Flames
Division3rd Northwest
Conference9th Western
1998–99 record30–40–12
Home record15–20–6
Road record15–20–6
Goals for211 (15th)
Goals against234 (22nd)
Team information
General ManagerAl Coates
CoachBrian Sutter
CaptainTodd Simpson
Alternate captainsTheoren Fleury (Oct-Feb)
Jason Wiemer
ArenaCanadian Airlines Saddledome
Average attendance16,201
Team leaders
GoalsTheoren Fleury (30)
(traded mid-season)
AssistsPhil Housley (43)
PointsTheoren Fleury (69)
(traded mid-season)
Penalty minutesJason Wiemer (177)
WinsFred Brathwaite (11)
Goals against averageFred Brathwaite (2.45)
Calgary Flames 3rd jersey logo, introduced in 1998

The Flames were plagued by numerous injuries to their goaltenders, including both starter Ken Wregget and backup Tyler Moss at the same time. Ultimately, the Flames were forced to recall Tyrone Garner from his junior team on an emergency basis before finally signing Fred Brathwaite, who was playing in Europe with the Canadian National team. The highly popular Brathwaite recorded a shutout against the Dallas Stars in his first start, allowing the Flames goaltending situation to stabilize. In all, the Flames used six different goaltenders.

February 28, 1999, marked the end of an era for the Flames, as diminutive star Theoren Fleury was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in a five player trade that ultimately saw prospect Robyn Regehr come to the Flames as part of the deal. Fleury was the Flames' all-time leading scorer when he was dealt. The deal was made as the small-market Flames felt they would be unable to meet Fleury's contract demands, as he was set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent in the summer.[2]

Despite losing their top star, the Flames proceeded to win seven of their first ten games without Fleury, propelling them into a playoff position. Calgary would win only two of their last eleven games, however, falling to 9th in the conference and missing the playoffs by six points.

Before being dealt, Fleury represented the Flames at the 1999 NHL All Star Game, recording two assists for the North American team.[3]

During this season, the Flames introduced the "flaming horse" third jerseys in conjunction with the "Year of the Cowboy."[4]

Prior to the season, the Flames lost defenceman Joel Bouchard to the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. In addition, the Flames dealt Jim Dowd to the Preds in exchange for a promise not to draft a goaltender in the draft.

Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Northwest Division
R CR GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 28 10 239 205 1619 98
2 8 Edmonton Oilers 82 33 37 12 230 226 1373 78
3 9 Calgary Flames 82 30 40 12 211 234 1389 72
4 13 Vancouver Canucks 82 23 47 12 192 258 1764 58

[5]

Western Conference[6]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Dallas Stars PAC 82 51 19 12 236 168 114
2 y – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 28 10 239 205 98
3 y – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 43 32 7 245 202 93
4 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 39 31 12 205 197 90
5 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 37 32 13 237 209 87
6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 35 34 13 215 206 83
7 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 31 33 18 196 191 80
8 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 33 37 12 230 226 78
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 30 40 12 211 234 72
10 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 29 41 12 202 248 70
11 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 32 45 5 189 222 69
12 Nashville Predators CEN 82 28 47 7 190 261 63
13 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 23 47 12 192 258 58

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division


Schedule and resultsEdit

1998–99 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

The Flames finished 9th in the Western Conference, just six points behind the 8th place Edmonton Oilers. Calgary failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season.

Player statisticsEdit

SkatersEdit

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
Cory Stillman 16 76 27 30 57 38 - - - - -
Phil Housley 6 79 11 43 54 52 - - - - -
Valeri Bure 8 80 26 27 53 22 - - - - -
Jarome Iginla 12 82 28 23 51 58 - - - - -
Andrew Cassels 21 70 12 25 37 18 - - - - -
Derek Morris 53 71 7 27 34 73 - - - - -
Jeff Shantz 11 69 12 17 29 40 - - - - -
Jason Wiemer 24 78 8 13 21 177 - - - - -
Clarke Wilm 23 78 10 8 18 53 - - - - -
Steve Smith 55 69 1 14 15 80 - - - - -
Andrei Nazarov 62 36 5 9 14 30 - - - - -
Steve Dubinsky 18 61 4 10 14 14 - - - - -
Cale Hulse 32 73 3 9 12 117 - - - - -
Hnat Domenichelli 17 23 5 5 10 11 - - - - -
Todd Simpson 27 73 2 8 10 151 - - - - -
Rene Corbet 20 20 5 4 9 10 - - - - -
Ed Ward 42 68 3 5 8 67 - - - - -
Denis Gauthier 3 55 3 4 7 68 - - - - -
Dave Roche 25 36 3 3 6 44 - - - - -
Tommy Albelin 5 60 1 5 6 8 - - - - -
Bob Bassen 28 41 1 2 3 35 - - - - -
Martin St. Louis 46 13 1 1 2 10 - - - - -
Fred Brathwaite 40 28 0 2 2 2 - - - - -
Eric Landry 26 3 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Wade Belak 29 9 0 1 1 23 - - - - -
Tyler Moss 30 11 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Eric Charron 39 12 0 1 1 14 - - - - -
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 47 15 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Rico Fata 44 20 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Ken Wregget 31 27 0 1 1 8 - - - - -
Lee Sorochan 33 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rocky Thompson 22 3 0 0 0 25 - - - - -
Tyrone Garner 1 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Andrei Trefilov 35 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Chorske 26 7 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Bench/Traded players -- 33 47 80 123 - - - - -

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

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP Min W L T GA SO GAA GP Min W L GA SO GAA
Fred Brathwaite 40 28 1663 11 9 7 68 1 2.45 - - - - - - -
Ken Wregget 31 27 1590 10 12 4 67 1 2.53 - - - - - - -
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 47 15 860 6 7 1 46 0 3.21 - - - - - - -
Tyler Moss 30 11 550 3 7 0 23 0 2.51 - - - - - - -
Andrei Trefilov 35 4 162 0 3 0 11 0 4.07 - - - - - - -
Tyrone Garner 1 3 139 0 2 0 12 0 5.18 - - - - - - -

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

TransactionsEdit

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1998–99 season.[7]

TradesEdit

June 17, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Ken Wregget
Dave Roche
To Pittsburgh Penguins
German Titov
Todd Hlushko
June 26, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To Nashville Predators
Jim Dowd
July 2, 1998 To Calgary Flames
David Cooper
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ladislav Kohn
July 14, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Bob Bassen
To Dallas Stars
Aaron Gavey
August 7, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Future Considerations
To Washington Capitals
Rick Tabaracci
October 27, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Jeff Shantz
Steve Dubinsky
To Dallas Stars
Jamie Allison
Marty McInnis
Erik Andersson
December 29, 1998 To Calgary Flames
Andrei Trefilov
To Chicago Blackhawks
Future Considerations
February 28, 1999 To Calgary Flames
Rene Corbet
Wade Belak
Robyn Regehr
To Colorado Avalanche
Theoren Fleury
Chris Dingman
March 22, 1999 To Calgary Flames
Tom Chorske
To Washington Capitals
Future Considerations
March 23, 1999 To Calgary Flames
Cash considerations
To San Jose Sharks
Greg Pankewicz

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Player New team
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Draft picksEdit

Calgary's picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, held in Buffalo, New York.[8]

Rnd Pick Player Nationality Position Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 6 Rico Fata   Canada RW London Knights (OHL) 230 27 36 63 104
2 33 Blair Betts   Canada C Prince George Cougars (WHL) 477 41 37 78 118
3 62 Paul Manning   Canada D Colorado College (NCAA) 8 0 0 0 2
4 102 Shaun Sutter   Canada RW Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
4 108 Dany Sabourin   Canada G Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL) 57 17–23–2–4, 2.87GAA
5 120 Brent Gauvreau   Canada RW Oshawa Generals (OHL)
7 192 Radek Duda   Czech Republic RW Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
8 206 Jonas Frogren   Sweden D Färjestads BK (SEL) 41 1 6 7 28
9 234 Kevin Mitchell   United States D Guelph Storm (OHL)

Farm teamsEdit

Saint John FlamesEdit

The Baby Flames finished the 1998–99 AHL season with a record of 31–40–8–1, fourth in the Atlantic Division with 71 points. They proceeded to shock the division winning Lowell Lock Monsters in the first round of the playoffs 3 games to 0. The Flames would then be swept themselves by the Fredericton Canadiens.[9] Martin St. Louis led the Flames in both goals (28) and points (62). Saint John used five different goaltenders as a result of Calgary's injury woes in goal. Jean-Sebastien Giguere played the most games, going 18–16–3 in 39 games.[10]

Johnstown ChiefsEdit

The Flames signed a secondary affiliation deal with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League prior to the start of the season.[7] They finished 27–34–9, fifth, and last, in the Northeast Division. The Chiefs missed the playoffs.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
Notes
  1. ^ Recap: San Jose 3, Calgary 3, usatoday.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  2. ^ Dolezar, Jon A., Say it aint so: Calgary Flames, cnnsi.com, August 8, 2001, accessed January 13, 2007.
  3. ^ All Star Selections, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 22.
  4. ^ Flames history, 2006–07 Calgary Flames Media Guide, p. 4.
  5. ^ Dinger 2011, p. 155.
  6. ^ "1998-1999 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  7. ^ a b Calgary Flames 1997–2003 transactions, hockeynut.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  8. ^ Calgary Flames draft history, hockeydb.com, accessed January 12, 2007.
  9. ^ 1998–99 AHL playoffs @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 14, 2007.
  10. ^ Saint John Flames player stats @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 14, 2007.
  11. ^ 1998–99 ECHL standings @ hockeydb.com, accessed January 14, 2007.