CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today celebration plans for the franchises’ 30th Anniversary.
The Flames unveiled a new logo which will be placed on centre ice for the entire 2009-2010 season as well as incorporated into the Flames jerseys.
The team will also wear retro jerseys from their inaugural season as well as their Stanley Cup championship campaign to commemorate the anniversary for five games over the course of the 2009-10 season.
The retro jersey dates are:
Thursday, October 1st versus Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, October 6th versus Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, January 2nd versus Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday, January 30th versus Edmonton Oilers
Thursday, March 11th versus Ottawa Senators
"I'm going to feel nostalgic because the jersey is the first one we had," said Flames co-owner Harley Hotchkiss, the last remaining owner of the original group that brought the team to Calgary in 1980.
Hotchkiss noted that the team has seen both good times and bad times in its 30 years in Calgary but that the franchise is now very solid and very much a part of the city and southern Alberta.
"We've had some tough times, particularly between 1994 and 2005 when we were trying to keep the franchise in Calgary," said Hotchkiss. "Our Flames franchise is strong and the ownership group is solid and committed to this franchise and this city."
Calgaryflames.com will countdown the 30 days leading up to and including the home opener on Thursday, October 1st by reviewing a year in Flames’ history each day.
Included in this countdown is the release of a historical box set DVD collection featuring the Flames 10 most memorable games in history. The box set will be released on Tuesday, September 29th.
Additional celebration details will be unveiled during the season.
The Calgary Flames joined the National Hockey League in 1980 starting play in the Stampede Corral. They relocated to the Pengrowth Saddledome which was built in 1983, then the Olympic Saddledome, which was constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
In the teams’ 30 years, the Flames have made three appearances in the Stanley Cup finals in 1986, 1989 and 2004 – having won the Stanley Cup in 1989.
For Hotchkiss and the owners, it has been a terrific ride with many more thrills to come.
"The real highlight has been the people. We have made lifelong friendships," said Hotchkiss.
"We feel proud that the Flames have become an important pat of the city. I feel good about our organization and our team.
"As you know we are in a very competitive league but I believe we are a balanced team and will account ourselves well this season."