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1979–80 Atlanta Flames
Division 4th Patrick
1979–80 record 35–32–13
Goals for 282
Goals against 269
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Al MacNeil
Captain Jean Pronovost
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Kent Nilsson (40)
Assists Kent Nilsson (53)
Points Kent Nilsson (98)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (231)
Wins Dan Bouchard (23)
Goals against average Dan Bouchard (3.18)

The 1979–80 Atlanta Flames season was the eighth and final season in Atlanta for the franchise. The franchise was bought and moved to Calgary, Alberta to become the Calgary Flames.

== Offseason==
  • Al MacNeil left his position as head coach of the Canadiens farm club, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, to become head coach of the Atlanta Flames.[1]
  • Boom Boom Geoffrion left his position as a broadcaster with the Flames to become the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. [2]

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 12 20 327 254 116
New York Islanders 80 39 28 13 281 247 91
New York Rangers 80 38 32 10 308 284 86
Atlanta Flames 80 35 32 13 282 269 83
Washington Capitals 80 27 40 13 261 293 67

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1979 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 1–0–0
2 L October 11, 1979 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 1–1–0
3 W October 13, 1979 9–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 2–1–0
4 L October 16, 1979 1–5 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 2–2–0
5 L October 18, 1979 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 2–3–0
6 T October 20, 1979 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 2–3–1
7 L October 23, 1979 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 2–4–1
8 W October 26, 1979 7–3 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 3–4–1
9 W October 27, 1979 3–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 4–4–1
10 W October 30, 1979 3–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 5–4–1
11 T November 2, 1979 4–4 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 5–4–2
12 T November 3, 1979 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 5–4–3
13 W November 6, 1979 8–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 6–4–3
14 W November 9, 1979 5–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 7–4–3
15 L November 11, 1979 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 7–5–3
16 L November 13, 1979 3–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 7–6–3
17 L November 15, 1979 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 7–7–3
18 W November 16, 1979 4–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 8–7–3
19 W November 18, 1979 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 9–7–3
20 W November 21, 1979 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 10–7–3
21 W November 23, 1979 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 11–7–3
22 L November 25, 1979 2–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 11–8–3
23 L November 27, 1979 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 11–9–3
24 L December 4, 1979 2–6 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 11–10–3
25 L December 5, 1979 1–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 11–11–3
26 L December 7, 1979 1–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 11–12–3
27 W December 9, 1979 5–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 12–12–3
28 T December 12, 1979 5–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 12–12–4
29 W December 14, 1979 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 13–12–4
30 L December 15, 1979 1–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 13–13–4
31 L December 21, 1979 1–5 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 13–14–4
32 W December 22, 1979 7–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 14–14–4
33 L December 26, 1979 3–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 14–15–4
34 L December 28, 1979 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 14–16–4
35 L December 29, 1979 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 14–17–4
36 L January 4, 1980 3–6 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 14–18–4
37 T January 6, 1980 5–5 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 14–18–5
38 W January 8, 1980 2–0 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 15–18–5
39 W January 11, 1980 4–3 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 16–18–5
40 L January 12, 1980 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 16–19–5
41 L January 14, 1980 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 16–20–5
42 W January 16, 1980 5–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 17–20–5
43 W January 17, 1980 4–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 18–20–5
44 W January 19, 1980 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 19–20–5
45 T January 21, 1980 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 19–20–6
46 L January 22, 1980 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 19–21–6
47 T January 25, 1980 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 19–21–7
48 W January 26, 1980 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 20–21–7
49 L January 28, 1980 1–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 20–22–7
50 W January 30, 1980 4–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 21–22–7
51 W February 1, 1980 4–2 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 22–22–7
52 W February 2, 1980 5–3 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 23–22–7
53 W February 8, 1980 4–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 24–22–7
54 W February 10, 1980 6–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 25–22–7
55 T February 13, 1980 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 25–22–8
56 T February 16, 1980 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 25–22–9
57 L February 17, 1980 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 25–23–9
58 T February 19, 1980 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 25–23–10
59 W February 21, 1980 3–0 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 26–23–10
60 L February 23, 1980 5–6 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 26–24–10
61 T February 26, 1980 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 26–24–11
62 W March 1, 1980 4–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 27–24–11
63 W March 5, 1980 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 28–24–11
64 W March 7, 1980 9–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 29–24–11
65 W March 9, 1980 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 30–24–11
66 L March 10, 1980 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 30–25–11
67 T March 13, 1980 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 30–25–12
68 W March 15, 1980 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 31–25–12
69 W March 17, 1980 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 32–25–12
70 L March 18, 1980 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 32–26–12
71 W March 20, 1980 8–4 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 33–26–12
72 L March 22, 1980 2–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 33–27–12
73 L March 23, 1980 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 33–28–12
74 L March 25, 1980 4–5 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 33–29–12
75 W March 28, 1980 4–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 34–29–12
76 L March 30, 1980 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 34–30–12
77 L April 1, 1980 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 34–31–12
78 W April 2, 1980 7–3 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 35–31–12
79 L April 4, 1980 3–7 New York Islanders (1979–80) 35–32–12
80 T April 5, 1980 4–4 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 35–32–13

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Kent Nilsson 14 80 40 53 98 10 4 0 0 0 2
Guy Chouinard 16 76 31 46 77 22 4 1 3 4 4
Bob MacMillan 11 77 22 39 61 10 4 0 0 0 9
Ken Houston 6 80 23 31 54 100 4 1 1 2 10
Eric Vail 27 77 28 25 53 22 4 3 1 4 2
Paul Reinhart 23 79 9 38 47 31 - - - - -
Jean Pronovost 9 80 24 19 43 31 4 0 0 0 2
Ivan Boldirev 12 52 16 24 40 20 - - - - -
Phil Russell 3 80 5 31 36 115 4 0 1 1 6
Garry Unger 17/7 79 5 25 30 39 4 0 3 3 2
Willi Plett 25 76 13 19 32 231 4 1 0 1 15
Don Lever 12 28 14 16 30 4 4 1 1 2 0
Pekka Rautakallio 4 79 5 25 30 18 4 0 1 1 2
Bill Clement 10 64 7 14 21 32 4 0 0 0 4
Bob Murdoch 20 80 5 16 21 48 4 1 1 2 2
Darcy Rota 18 44 10 8 18 49 - - - - -
Paul Henderson 15/19 30 7 6 13 6 4 0 0 0 0
Brad Marsh 5 80 2 9 11 119 4 0 1 1 2
Dave Shand 8 74 3 7 10 104 4 0 1 1 0
Curt Bennett 2 21 1 3 4 0 - - - - -
Bobby Lalonde 7 3 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Dan Bouchard 30 53 0 1 1 34 4 0 0 0 2
Bobby Gould 22 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Earl Ingarfield 21 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0
Gord Wappel 24 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
Reggie Lemelin 1 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rick Adduono 17 3 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Dave Gorman 15 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Serge Beaudoin 24 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jim Craig 1 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Brad Smith 24 4 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Pat Riggin 31 25 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Atlanta. Stats reflect time with the Flames only. Traded mid-season.

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Regular season Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Dan Bouchard 30 53 3076 23 19 10 163 2 3.18 4 240 1 3 14 0 3.49
Pat Riggin 31 25 1368 11 9 2 73 0 3.20 - - - - - - -.--
Jim Craig 1 4 206 1 2 1 13 0 3.79 - - - - - - -.--
Reggie Lemelin 1 3 150 0 2 0 15 0 6.00 - - - - - - -.--

TransactionsEdit

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1979–80 season.

TradesEdit

May 24, 1979 To Atlanta Flames----

Curt Bennett

To St. Louis Blues----

Bobby Simpson

October 10, 1979 To Atlanta Flames----

Garry Unger

To St. Louis Blues----

Ed Kea Red Laurence 2nd round pick in 1981 (Hakan Nordin)

October 23, 1979 To Atlanta Flames----

Future considerations

To Boston Bruins----

Bobby Lalonde

February 8, 1980 To Atlanta Flames----

Don Lever Brad Smith

To Vancouver Canucks----

Ivan Boldirev Darcy Rota

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
D Pekka Rautakallio Assat Pori (SM-liiga)
D Serge Beaudoin Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
RW Dave Gorman Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
LW Paul Henderson Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
C Rick Adduono Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
LW Earl Ingarfield Lethbridge Broncos (WHL)
Player New team
G Yves Belanger Boston Bruins

Expansion draftEdit

See also: 1979 NHL Expansion Draft

Player Selected by
LW John Gould Edmonton Oilers
D Rick Hodgson Hartford Whalers
C Gene Carr Winnipeg Jets
==  Draft picks==

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 12. Paul Reinhart (D) Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
2 23. Mike Perovich (D) Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2 33. Pat Riggin (G) Canada London Knights (OHA)
3 54. Tim Hunter (RW) Canada Seattle Breakers (WHL)
4 75. Jim Peplinski (RW) Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
5 96. Brad Kempthorne (F) Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
6 117. Glenn Johnson (C) Canada University of Denver (NCAA)

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