On May 21, 1980, the Atlanta Flames became the Calgary Flames. They moved from The Omni (capacity 15,141) to the Stampede Corral (capacity 7,242) and exchanged their fiery ‘A’logo to an explosive-looking ‘C’ logo.
Calgary’s and the Flames first ever NHL game, in the Corral, was against the Quebec Nordiques on Oct. 9, 1980, and ended in a 5-5 tie. Flames forward Guy Chouinard scored the first goal in the history of the Calgary Flames at 8:45 of the first period against Quebec goaltender Michel Dion.
The last game in the Corral was a 6-5 playoff win over Edmonton on April 18, 1983. In three seasons in the Corral the Flames played a total of 146 games (league, playoff and exhibition) including a thrilling win over the Soviet National Team on Jan. 2, 1983. The Flames lost only 28 regular season and four playoff games in the Corral.
In the space of 22 years, the Calgary Flames have become one of the premier franchises in the NHL — on and off the ice. They won the Stanley Cup (1988-89); two Presidents Trophies, for first overall, (1987-88, 1988-89); two Clarence Campbell Conference titles (1985-86, 1988-89); three season and two Smythe Division playoff championships; two Pacific Division titles; several NHL individual and team honours; and numerous attendance records.
The Calgary Flames, now in their 23rd NHL season and 20th in the Pengrowth Saddledome, are performing in one of the best entertainment facilities in North America. The Saddledome now seats 17,159 for hockey. This facility opened Saturday, Oct. 15, 1983; when Edmonton edged the Flames 4-3. The Flames formally assumed management of the Saddledome on August 1, 1994.