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.
For many players, including Theo Fleury – a rookie that year – it was their only Stanley Cup win.
25 years ago today we won the Stanley Cup! What a great day for Calgarians and Flames Fans! pic.twitter.com/n2IxbREWFG
— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) May 25, 2014
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.