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Saint John Flames
Saint John Flames
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CitySaint John, New Brunswick
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Founded1977
Operated1993-2003
Home arenaHarbour Station
ColoursRed, White, Gold & Black
AffiliatesCalgary Flames
Franchise history
1977-1987Maine Mariners
1987-1993Utica Devils
1993-2003Saint John Flames
2005-2007Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
2007-2009Quad City Flames
2009-2014Abbotsford Heat
2014-2015Adirondack Flames
2015-presentStockton Heat
Championships
Division Championships2: 1997-98, 2000-01
Conference Championships2: 1997-98, 2000-01
Calder Cups1: 2000-01

The Saint John Flames were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League from 1993 to 2003 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The Calgary Flames bought and relocated the Utica Devils, to be their AHL affiliate.

The Saint John Flames won the 2001 Calder Cup Championship on home ice at Harbour Station on May 28, 2001 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the farm team of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flames won the series four games to two with a final score of 1-0. The Flames also played in the Calder Cup Finals in 1998, losing to the Philadelphia Phantoms. With their 2001 victory, the Saint John Flames became the second AHL team based in New Brunswick to win the Calder Cup, the first being the New Brunswick Hawks of Moncton in 1982 against the Binghamton Whalers. This came after other AHL teams based in New Brunswick tried to compete for the cup and lost.

The franchise suspended operations after the 2002-03 season and became dormant for two seasons. In 2005, the franchise was reactivated and then relocated several times playing as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights from 2005-2007, the Quad City Flames from 2007-2009, the Abbotsford Heat from 2009-2014, the Adirondack Flames for the 2014-15 season, and then the Stockton Heat starting in the 2015-16 season as part of a new Pacific Division.

When the franchise went dormant, the St. John's Maple Leafs were left as the last remaining Atlantic Canadian AHL club for one season as the Toronto Maple Leafs moved their affiliate to Toronto in 2005. The AHL would not return to Atlantic Canada until 2011 with the St. John's IceCaps. The Saint John market is currently served by the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Saint John Flames originally used a logo of a stylized red and yellow flame that closely resembled that of the Calgary Flames, with a hockey stick and the word "FLAMES" in red letters at the bottom. In 2000, the team's logo was changed to that of a fire-breathing dragon, with the colours being red and orange. This was a rare instance of an AHL team not having the same basic logo (albeit with some modifications) as its NHL affiliate in terms of having the same name. Even the Fredericton Express, in a city not far from Saint John and in the same province, used a logo closely resembling that of one of its two NHL affiliates, the Quebec Nordiques (the other affiliate of the Express was the Vancouver Canucks).

Season-by-season results

Statistics source:[1]

Regular season

Season Games Played Wins Losses Ties Overtime Losses Points Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1993-94 80 37 33 10 -- 84 304 305 2nd, Atlantic
1994-95 80 27 40 13 -- 67 250 286 4th, Atlantic
1995-96 80 35 30 11 4 85 272 264 2nd, Atlantic
1996-97 80 28 36 13 3 72 237 299 2nd, Canadian
1997-98 80 43 24 13 0 99 231 201 1st, Atlantic
1998-99 80 31 40 8 1 71 238 296 4th, Atlantic
1999-00 80 32 32 11 5 80 267 283 2nd, Atlantic
2000-01 80 44 24 7 5 100 269 210 1st, Canadian
2001-02 80 29 34 13 4 75 182 202 5th, Canadian
2002-03 80 32 41 6 1 71 203 223 4th, Canadian

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1993-94 L, 3-4, Moncton -- -- --
1994-95 L, 1-4, P.E.I. -- -- --
1995-96 W, 3-1, St. John's W, 4-1, Fredericton L, 3-4, Portland --
1996-97 L, 2-3, Hamilton -- -- --
1997-98 W, 3-1, St. John's W, 4-2, Portland W, 4-1, Hartford L, 2-4, Philadelphia
1998-99 W, 3-0, Lowell L, 0-4, Fredericton -- --
1999-00 L, 0-3, Lowell -- -- --
2000-01 W, 3-0, Portland W, 4-1, Quebec W, 4-1, Providence W, 4-2, W.B.S.
2001-02 Out of Playoffs
2002-03 Out of Playoffs

Career Leaders

Goals: 89 (Ladislav Kohn, 1994-03)

Assists: 152 (Marty Murray, 1995-01)

Points: 230 (Marty Murray, 1995-01)

PIM: 851 (Derick McKinnon, 1994-98)

Chris Dingman

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