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06-02-2008, 12:45 AM
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Were any of you around when the team moved from Atlanta?

Any of you Flames fans old enough to remember when the Flames were moving from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980?

If so, where were you and how did you find out?

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I was only a couple years removed from being a sperm so I can't really help you. Sorry.

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06-03-2008, 12:16 AM
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I was only a couple years removed from being a sperm so I can't really help you. Sorry.
Nine years removed in my case.

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just a few months old, but attended my first flames game in '85

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Followed the whole course of events through the old Buffalo Courier-Express. Glenn Ford (yes, that one) attempted to arrange for a team of investors to keep the team in Atlanta. It obviously didn't work out in his favor.

One of my favorite players as a kid was Curt Bennett. He had a scoring touch and mean streak...and was Ivy League educated. My father, who's no longer around, wrote to him at the Omni to have him send an autograph for my 10th birthday. Nobody from the organization replied to his letter. Maybe it wasn't typical to honor such requests, but it was the effort that mattered.

Here's what he does now:
http://www.curtbennett.com/

Despite my usual dislike of Wiki, their entry for him is actually pretty good:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Bennett

Ironically, the franchise move might've appealed to him to help the spread of NHL hockey in Western Canada, as he was born in Saskatchewan. Vancouver had been the only team with Edmonton and Winnepeg coming over in the merger.

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It was an interesting team those first few years. Kent Nilson was the magic man. Paul Reinhart was the best defender. And Bouchard was the goalie for part of the season. Lemelin took over for him.

And don't forget Nelson Skalbania. Lots of people wanted to hang him.

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I was born in 1980 when the club moved to calgary. isnt it cool?

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It was an interesting team those first few years. Kent Nilson was the magic man. Paul Reinhart was the best defender. And Bouchard was the goalie for part of the season. Lemelin took over for him.

And don't forget Nelson Skalbania. Lots of people wanted to hang him.

Who the heck is Nelson Skalbania??

I've been a fan since the early 80's and have never heard of him. But one guy I wish I could have watched when I was older was Willie Plett. I remember the guy could score, but looking back at his stats, he seems like a real roberts guy - and that to me is a hockey player

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I was in grade 1 when the flames landed in our fair city.


OT:Maybe three years later i traded my eddy beers o'pee'chee card plus a couple of others to my buddy for a quarter to play Tron at the arcade. He later used that card for his bike spokes.The things you do as a kid that years later you start thinking to yourself.Man that was stupid ,What as i thinking.


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Who the heck is Nelson Skalbania??
FF,

You should know this.

He signed Gretzky to his first pro contract with the Indianapolis Racers in the WHA, and then was partners with Peter Pocklington as owners of the Oiler. Previously, he'd been owner of the Omni.

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i traded my eddy beers o'pee'chee card plus a couple of others to my buddy for a quarter to play Tron at the arcade. He later used that card for his bike spokes.The things you do as a kid that years later you start thinking to yourself.Man that was stupid
Beers was a fine player and solid scorer, but when they traded him, they got a good return...

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Who the heck is Nelson Skalbania??

I've been a fan since the early 80's and have never heard of him. But one guy I wish I could have watched when I was older was Willie Plett. I remember the guy could score, but looking back at his stats, he seems like a real roberts guy - and that to me is a hockey player
He is the guy who brought the Flames to Calgary........then he flipped them. He made a killing

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