2001–02 Calgary Flames season
The 2001–02 Calgary Flames season was the 22nd National Hockey League season in Calgary. It began with wholesale changes, as second year General Manager Craig Button continued to change the look of the team. In two separate draft-day trades, the Flames dealt goaltender Fred Braithwaite and forwards Valeri Bure and Jason Wiemer away, gaining back Roman Turek and Rob Niedermayer.
|2001–02 Calgary Flames|
|Goals for||201 (22nd)|
|Goals against||220 (20th)|
|General Manager||Craig Button|
|Captain||Dave Lowry (Oct-Feb) |
Bob Boughner (Feb-Apr)
Craig Conroy (Feb-Apr)
|Alternate captains||Jarome Iginla|
|Goals||Jarome Iginla (52)|
|Assists||Craig Conroy (48)|
|Points||Jarome Iginla (96)|
|Penalty minutes||Bob Boughner (170)|
|Wins||Roman Turek (30)|
|Goals against average||Roman Turek (2.53)|
The changes appeared to pay off, as the Flames stormed out to a 13–2–2–2 record, and first place in the division. The result prompted the Flames to sign Turek - a pending unrestricted free agent - to a long-term deal. The team, however, collapsed, winning only 19 of their remaining 63 games, finishing 4th in the Northwest Division, and out of the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Individually, Jarome Iginla broke into the spotlight, leading the NHL in goals (52) and points (96). His season would land him the Rocket Richard Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award. Iginla also finished second in Hart Memorial Trophy voting, tied with winner Jose Theodore on points (434), but behind Theodore in first place votes (26–23).
Iginla was also a member of Canada's team at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. He recorded two goals in the gold medal game against the United States, which Canada won 5–2 to claim their first ice hockey gold medal in 50 years.
The Flames were involved in a tragic incident during their March 16, 2002, game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. During the second period of the contest, a slapshot by Columbus' Espen Knutsen was deflected into the crowd off the stick of Flames defenceman Derek Morris. The puck struck a fan, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil, who was at her first NHL game. Though she was able to leave the game under her own power, the blow tore a vertebral artery and resulted in a blood clot. She died two days later; she was the first fan to die at a game in the NHL's 85-year history. Three months after the incident, the NHL instituted a policy requiring that protective netting be placed around the ends of each rink prior to the start of the 2002–03 season, a decision which both the Flames and Blue Jackets advocated.
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||p – Detroit Red Wings||CEN||82||51||17||10||4||251||187||116|
|2||y – Colorado Avalanche||NW||82||45||28||8||1||212||169||99|
|3||y – San Jose Sharks||PAC||82||44||27||8||3||248||199||99|
|4||St. Louis Blues||CEN||82||43||27||8||4||227||188||98|
|7||Los Angeles Kings||PAC||82||40||27||11||4||214||190||95|
|13||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||PAC||82||29||42||8||3||175||198||69|
|15||Columbus Blue Jackets||CEN||82||22||47||8||5||164||255||57|
Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest
bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2001–02 Game Log|
The Flames finished 11th in the Western Conference, 15 points back of the 8th place Vancouver Canucks. This was the sixth consecutive season the Flames failed to qualify for the post-season.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|All traded players||--||3||5||8||68||-||-||-||-||-|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Calgary. Stats reflect time with the Flames only.
Bold text denotes league leader.
Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 2002–03 season:
|June 23, 2001||To Calgary Flames
2001 2nd round pick
|To Florida Panthers |
|June 23, 2001||To Calgary Flames
2001 4th round pick
|To St. Louis Blues |
2001 9th round pick
|June 24, 2001||To Calgary Flames
|To Philadelphia Flyers |
2002 4th round pick
|December 18, 2001||To Calgary Flames
|To Atlanta Thrashers |
|March 19, 2002||To Calgary Flames
|To Nashville Predators |
|Rnd||Pick||Player||Nationality||Position||Team (league)||NHL statistics|
|1||14||Chuck Kobasew||Canada||RW||Boston College (HE)||601||110||100||210||394|
|2||41||Andrei Taratukhin||Russia||C||Avangard Omsk (RSL)|
|2||56||Andrei Medvedev||Russia||G||Spartak Moscow (RSL)|
|4||108||Tomi Maki||Finland||RW||Jokerit (FIN)||1||0||0||0||0|
|4||124||Egor Shastin||Russia||F||Avangard Omsk (RSL)|
|5||145||James Hakewill||United States||D||Westminster (USHS)|
|5||164||Yuri Trubachev||Russia||C||St. Petersburg (RUS)|
|7||207||Garrett Bembridge||Canada||RW||Saskatoon Blades (WHL)|
|7||220||David Moss†||United States||RW||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)||501||78||100||178||157|
|8||233||Joe Campbell||United States||D||Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)|
|8||251||Ville Hamalainen||Finland||RW||SaiPa (FIN)|
- 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 followed up their Calder Cup winning season with a disappointing 29–34–13–4 result in 2001–02, finishing in last place in the Canadian Division, missing the playoffs. Blair Betts led the Flames with just 49 points, while Dany Sabourin was the top goaltender in limited action.
The Chiefs finished the 2001–02 ECHL season with a 39–31–2 record, good enough for third place in the Northwest Division. They were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Dayton Bombers.
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