CALGARY - On the microphone, Russ Peake was there, from the beginning with the Flames.
"From 1980 to '96,'' the veteran CFCN sports broadcaster, now 12 years happily retired, is recalling.
"Well, the atmosphere in the Corral those first three years was fantastic. First of all, the town went crazy just getting the franchise.
"So it was going to be electric anyway.
"But then to be crowded into the old building … it was cramped, it was loud and it was wild.
"Originally, for a press box there were three little booths on the one side and a tiny open space for the newspaper guys. So they had to build a completely new box on the other side.
"I'm sure that first season, when the Flames went all the way to the semis, the NHL must've been scared to death to ponder a final in the old Corral, with 7,000 seats.
"Where on earth would they put everybody?"