Calgary Flames Logo – Calgary Flames are a professional team of ice hockey Canada which sits in the city of Calgary (Alberta). Founded in 1972 as the Atlanta Flames in Atlanta, the team moved in 1980 to its current city. The team plays in the National Hockey League framed in the Northwest Division. The history of the franchise began in 1968, when businessman Tom Cousins and the Governor of the State of Georgia, Carl Sanders, bought the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA and moved the franchise to the city of Atlanta. The construction of the Omni Coliseum, multipurpose pavilion to house the basketball team, led to the possibility of an ice hockey team will settle in the city.
This was confirmed in November 1971 when the National Hockey League expansion franchise secured a group of Cousins for the 1972-73 season, which meant further expansion to the south of the championship. The team hired Cliff Fletcher as general manager and former Canadian star Bernie Geoffrion as a coach. During the first season the team gave a good image, but failed to qualify in his debut season if he did a year later, falling in the quarterfinals against Philadelphia Flyers. In 1974-75 again left out.
From 1975 until his transfer in 1980 the team managed to get into the finals of the NHL, and formed a mixed team with young talent and veteran players from the WHA. However, problems began to appear in the franchise due to the fall of spectators. Omni Sports Group encountered serious difficulties in maintaining the equipment and interest in the city declined, so Cousins and the rest of his consortium sold the team to a group of businessmen in Calgary led by businessman Nelson Skalbania by a figure of 16 million U.S. dollars, a record at that time. The team moved to Canada but kept the name of the team, becoming Calgary Flames.