Looking back at the Calgary Flames in the 2020s (so far)
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By Ryan Pike11 days ago
The Calgary Flames franchise has a long, fascinating history. From their origins as an expansion team in Georgia in 1972 to their glory days in the 1980s to present day, the Flames have played a lot of hockey and many players have had tremendous careers wearing the Flaming C (and the Flaming A).
As we prepare for the 2023-24 season, we thought we’d look back at the Flames’ history decade-by-decade. Finally, let’s take a quick gander at the roarin’ 2020s, which are obviously still in progress.
The 2020s, at a glance
The Flames have gone 130-85-33 and earned 293 points over 248 games played during the 2020s. Their points percentage over the decade, so far, is 13th overall in the NHL. Their 2021-22 season was among the best regular seasons in franchise history.
The Flames have made the playoffs twice so far in the 2020s. They won a round in 2022, beating Dallas in seven games courtesy a dramatic overtime winner in Game 7 by Johnny Gaudreau.
58 skaters and 7 goaltenders played at least one game for the Flames during the 2010s.
- Mark Giordano – Mark Messier Leadership Award (2020)
- Darryl Sutter – Jack Adams Award (2022)
- Johnny Gaudreau – First Team All-Star (LW) (2022)
- Matthew Tkachuk – Second Team All-Star (RW) (2022)
- Jacob Markstrom – Second Team All-Star (G) (2022)
- Mikael Backlund – King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2023)
(Yes, Flames players or coaches have garnered awards in three of the four years of the 2020s, so far.)
All-Star Game Representatives:
- 2020: Matthew Tkachuk, Mark Giordano and David Rittich
- 2022: Johnny Gaudreau
- 2023: Nazem Kadri
- Games (skaters): Andrew Mangiapane 
- Goals: Elias Lindholm 
- Assists: Johnny Gaudreau 
- Points: Elias Lindholm 
- Penalty Minutes: Milan Lucic 
- Game-Winning Goals: Elias Lindholm 
- Games (goalies): Jacob Markstrom 
- Wins: Jacob Markstrom 
- Shutouts: Jacob Markstrom 
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