Happy Anniversary!


On May 25, 1989, the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens by a 4-2 score in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The win clinched the series for the Flames and, 25 years later, stands as the club’s lone championship triumph in three trips to the dance.

Colin Patterson, Lanny McDonald and Doug Gilmour (with a pair) scored. Al MacInnis had two assists and won the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP. Lanny McDonald announced his retirement the following August, making this the 25th anniversary of his last NHL game, as well.

The names on the Stanley Cup from the 1989 team:

  • G Mike Vernon [traded to Detroit]
  • G Rick Wamsley [traded to Toronto]
  • D Al MacInnis [traded to St. Louis]
  • D Brad McCrimmon [traded to Detroit]
  • D Dana Murzyn [traded to Vancouver]
  • D Ric Nattress [traded to Toronto]
  • D Gary Suter [traded to Hartford]
  • D Jamie Macoun [traded to Toronto]
  • D Rob Ramage [traded to Toronto]
  • F Jiri Hrdina [traded to Pittsburgh]
  • F Joe Nieuwendyk [traded to Dallas]
  • F Joel Otto [left as free agent]
  • F Doug Gilmour [traded to Toronto]
  • F Lanny McDonald [retired]
  • F Jim Peplinski [retired]
  • F Joe Mullen [traded to Pittsburgh]
  • F Gary Roberts [traded to Carolina]
  • F Colin Patterson [traded to Buffalo]
  • F Hakan Loob [went back to Sweden]
  • F Theoren Fleury [traded to Colorado]
  • F Tim Hunter [claimed in expansion draft by Tampa Bay]
  • F Mark Hunter [traded to Hartford]
  • F Brian McLellan [traded to Detroit]
  • Owners: Norm Green, Harley Hotchkiss, Norman Kwong, Sonia Scurfield, Daryl Seaman and Byron Seaman
  • Cliff Fletcher (GM), Al MacNeil (Assistant GM), Al Coates (Assistant to GM)
  • Terry Crisp (head coach), Doug Risebrough (assistant), Tom Watt (assistant), Glenn Hall (goalie coach)
  • Jim “Bearcat” Murray (trainer), Al Murray (assistant trainer), Bob Stewart (equipment manager)

Harley Hotchkiss, Daryl Seaman, Cliff Fletcher, Glenn Hall, Joe Nieuwendyk, Joe Mullen, Doug Gilmour, Al MacInnis and Lanny McDonald are in the Hockey Hall of Fame from the 1989 team. And Mike Vernon, Gary Roberts and Theo Fleury have the numbers to get in, too.

In terms of current assets, the 1989 team has been flipped for Chris Butler, Paul Byron, Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and Morgan Klimchuk.

Yes, the entire team.

Yes, it’s mostly Doug Risebrough’s doing. And the Canadian dollar.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    I watched the final game in the lounge at the Fairmont hotsprings hotel in BC, with a bunch of coworkers from Quebec and Calgary. The quebecer’s gave up after the 2nd period. Great memories.

  • McRib

    Easily the most constantly overlooked player on the 88-89 Stanley Cup Team was Joey Mullen. An undersized skilled American that had two points per game as a Junior for Boston College, much like someone else we are just getting to know….

  • seve927

    I watched game 6 from the concourse in the Montreal Forum. I wasn’t really a Flames fan at the time, but was cheering for them that night. Survived a stampede to get to the best standing room spot. Great night. Montreal fans were surprisingly gracious in defeat.

  • DoubleP

    Watched with my dad laying on the living room floor. Never was prouder wearing my Flames sweatsuit to school the next day. Living in Fort McMurray, my classmates were mostly Oilers fans and finally didn’t have the last laugh.

  • Brownblazer

    Man – those were the glory days. I was a youngster who became enthralled with the flames during the ’86 run. I grew up in Didsbury, and surpringly we had a tonne of Oiler fans in my school. The beaut was we also had a couple of die-hard hab fans so after the 86 defeat, we could really rub it in for 89.

    While I’m glad we at least won the cup once, that team will also be known for its subsequent, monumental choking ability and heart breaking. We had a stacked team that would win, president trophies, only to lose in the first round to the kings sharks and canucks (and often being up in the series, 3-1!)
    I began to disdain the home ice advantage, being the favorite with mounting pressure and envy the under dog’s position. The 04 run was so fun playing that role because the Flames had never really had and success in it since 86.

    I do look forward to our 2016 team, and have really enjoyed watching these underdogs work hard, develop and stay in games (unlike our neighbors to the north).

  • Bikeit

    Last summer i walked down Saint Catherines in Montreal, to go see the old Forum (Movie theater Now). Mildly interested in the forum but more interested in seeing where the Flames won the cup.