2002–03 Calgary Flames season
The 2002–03 Calgary Flames season was the 23rd National Hockey League season in Calgary. A relatively successful start to the season quickly gave way to disaster as the Flames lost 11 of 12 games in a November stretch dropping the Flames out of contention, ultimately failing to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
|2002–03 Calgary Flames|
|Goals for||186 (27th)|
|Goals against||228 (18th)|
|General Manager||Craig Button|
|Alternate captains||Bob Boughner|
|Goals||Jarome Iginla (35)|
|Assists||Craig Conroy (37)|
|Points||Jarome Iginla (67)|
|Penalty minutes||Scott Nichol (149)|
|Wins||Roman Turek (27)|
|Goals against average||Roman Turek (2.57)|
The season began as the last had ended: with forward Marc Savard and head coach Greg Gilbert in bitter, public feud. After arguing in the media for nearly a year, the Flames finally granted the disgruntled players request, trading Savard to the Atlanta Thrashers. Gilbert himself would not last much longer with the Flames, as he would be fired by the club barely two weeks after Savard was dealt.
The Flames would quickly find a replacement for Gilbert, announcing they had hired Darryl Sutter shortly before the new year. Sutter immediately began shaping the Flames to his own style, and the Flames finished 19–16–8–1 under their new bench boss.
Flames mascot, Harvey the Hound, gained widespread publicity in January 2003 following an incident with Edmonton Oilers head coach, Craig MacTavish. With the Flames leading 4–0, Harvey was taunting the Oilers behind their bench. The frustrated coach reached up and ripped Harvey's signature red tongue out of his mouth, tossing it into the crowd. The incident would seem to spark the Oilers, who scored three goals shortly after. The Flames would hold on to win 4–3, however. The incident made headlines throughout North America, and led to many jokes, including having many other NHL team mascots arrive at the 2003 All-Star Game with their tongues hanging out.
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.
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2002–03 Game Log|
Calgary finished 12th in the Western Conference, 17 points behind the 8th place Edmonton Oilers. The Flames missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|All traded players||--||16||21||37||78||-||-||-||-||-|
†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; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
|Offseason||To Calgary Flames
|To Minnesota Wild |
2002 9th round pick
|October 1, 2002||To Calgary Flames
|To Colorado Avalanche |
|November 15, 2002||To Calgary Flames
|To Atlanta Thrashers |
|February 10, 2003||To Calgary Flames
|To Pittsburgh Penguins |
Conditional draft pick
|March 11, 2003||To Calgary Flames
|To Pittsburgh Penguins |
|Rnd||Pick||Player||Nationality||Position||Team (league)||NHL statistics|
|1||10||Eric Nystrom†||United States||LW||University of Michigan (CCHA)||547||68||48||116||381|
|2||39||Brian McConnell||United States||F||Boston University (HE)|
|3||90||Matthew Lombardi||Canada||C||Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)||536||101||161||262||293|
|5||141||Jiri Cetkovsky||Czech Republic||RW||Zlin (Czech Jr.)|
|5||142||Emanuel Peter||Switzerland||C||Kloten (Swiss Jr.)|
|5||146||Viktor Bobrov||Russia||F||HC CSKA (RSL)|
|5||159||Kristofer Persson||Sweden||RW||Modo Jr.|
|6||176||Curtis McElhinney†||Canada||G||Colorado College (WCHA)||129||41–51–7, 2.95GAA|
|7||202||David Van der Gulik†||Canada||RW||Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)||49||2||11||13||10|
|7||203||Pierre Johnsson||Sweden||RW||Farjestad Jr.|
- Statistics are updated to the end of the 2014–15 NHL season. † denotes player was on an NHL roster in 2014–15.
The 2002–03 season would be the tenth, and last, season in New Brunswick, as the Flames bought out the local ownership's share of the team following the season and suspended operations. The "Baby Flames" finished 32–41–6–1, last in the Canadian Division, and out of the playoffs. Robert Dome led the team with 27 goals and 56 points. Dany Sabourin and Levente Szuper split goaltending duties for the Flames.
The Chiefs finished the 2002–03 season with a record of 28–33–11, finishing fifth in the Northwest Division, failing to qualify for the playoffs.
Following the season, the Flames announced they were switching affiliations to a new expansion team, the Las Vegas Wranglers.
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