1999–2000 Calgary Flames season
The 1999–2000 Calgary Flames season was the 20th National Hockey League season in Calgary. It featured a very young line-up, as befitted the "Young Guns" slogan the team was using at the time. Twenty-nine-year-old Steve Dubinsky was the oldest forward on the team when the season started. The Flames were pitting their hopes for ending their playoff drought on the off-season acquisition of 37-year-old goaltender Grant Fuhr.
|1999–2000 Calgary Flames|
|Goals for||211 (21st)|
|Goals against||256 (25th)|
|General Manager||Al Coates|
|Arena||Canadian Airlines Saddledome|
|Goals||Valeri Bure (35)|
|Assists||Phil Housley (44)|
|Points||Valeri Bure (75)|
|Penalty minutes||Wade Belak (122)|
|Wins||Fred Brathwaite (25)|
|Goals against average||Fred Brathwaite (2.75)|
The season started with young sniper Jarome Iginla holding out, as he was unable to come to a contract agreement with General Manager Al Coates. Despite lacking a contract, Iginla attended training camp, however he missed the first two games of the season before a deal could be reached.
The Flames youth led to an inconsistent team, often bouncing between long winning and losing streaks. It took the Flames 20 games to win their first game in regulation time, however the team would break an NHL record on January 21, 2000 by winning their eighth overtime game. At the end of the season the Flames set an NHL record by winning ten games in overtime. The Flames also struggled with injuries all season, losing 479 man-games to injury, and using a total of 45 players over the course of 1999–2000. As a result, the Flames would finish last in the Northwest Division, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
On the bright side for the Flames, two players were selected to participate in the 2000 NHL All Star Game, as Phil Housley represented the North American team, while Valeri Bure represented the European team.
Rookie defenceman Robyn Regehr became the youngest nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in NHL history after he survived a serious car accident over the summer of 1999 that left him with two broken legs. Regehr would play 57 games for the Flames, but would not win the award.
Prior to the season, the Flames lost right winger Ed Ward to the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft. The Flames also dealt Andreas Karlsson to the Thrashers in exchange for promises not to select certain unprotected players.
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||p – St. Louis Blues||CEN||82||51||19||11||1||248||165||114|
|2||y – Dallas Stars||PAC||82||43||23||10||6||211||184||102|
|3||y – Colorado Avalanche||NW||82||42||28||11||1||233||201||96|
|4||Detroit Red Wings||CEN||82||48||22||10||2||278||210||108|
|5||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||82||39||27||12||4||245||228||94|
|8||San Jose Sharks||PAC||82||35||30||10||7||225||214||87|
|9||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||82||34||33||12||3||217||227||83|
Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest
bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division
Schedule and resultsEdit
|1999–2000 Game Log|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|Martin St. Louis||26||56||3||15||18||22||-||-||-||-||-|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average
The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1999–2000 season.
|June 26, 1999||To Calgary Flames
1st round pick in 1999
|To New York Rangers |
1st round pick in 1999
3rd round pick in 1999
|September 5, 1999||To Calgary Flames
|To St. Louis Blues |
3rd round pick in 2000
|September 30, 1999||To Calgary Flames
|To Florida Panthers |
|February 11, 2000||To Calgary Flames
|To Atlanta Thrashers |
|March 6, 2000||To Calgary Flames
|To Philadelphia Flyers |
6th round pick in 2001
|March 14, 2000||To Calgary Flames
|To Pittsburgh Penguins |
|March 14, 2000||To Calgary Flames
|To Nashville Predators |
3rd round pick in 2001
Calgary's picks at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, held in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flames had the 9th overall pick, however they traded down two spots to get Marc Savard from the New York Rangers. With the 11th overall pick, the Flames drafted Oleg Saprykin.
|Rnd||Pick||Player||Nationality||Position||Team (league)||NHL statistics|
|1||11||Oleg Saprykin||Russia||C||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)||325||55||82||137||240|
|2||38||Dan Cavanaugh||United States||C||Boston University (HE)|
|3||77||Craig Anderson†||United States||G||Guelph Storm (OHL)||406||182–148–2–48, 2.72GAA|
|5||135||Matt Doman||United States||F||Wisconsin (NCAA)|
|6||153||Jesse Cook||United States||D||Denver (NCAA)|
|6||166||Cory Pecker||Canada||D||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)|
|6||170||Matt Underhill||Canada||G||Cornell (NCAA)||1||0–1–0–0, 3.93GAA|
|7||190||Blair Stayzer||Canada||LW||Windsor Spitfires (OHL)|
|9||252||Dmitri Kirilenko||Russia||RW||CSKA Moscow (RSL)|
- Statistics are updated to the end of the 2014–15 NHL season. † denotes player was on an NHL roster in 2014–15.
The Baby Flames finished the 1999–2000 season with a .500 record at 32–32–11–5, good enough for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. They would be swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Lowell Lock Monsters three games to none, however. Daniel Tkaczuk and Benoit Gratton led the team in points with 66 each, while Rico Fata led in goals with 29. Ten different goaltenders suited up for the Flames, led by Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who started 44 games.
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