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Calgary Flames Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Calgary Flames began play in the NHL as the Atlanta Flames back in 1973, the same year the New York Islanders were born. The team then moved to Calgary in 1980 and has been there since, winning one Stanley Cup in 1989 under head coach Terry Crisp. The Flames have been mostly competitive, with 20 playoff appearances in Calgary and 26 overall. Here is a list of the Flames’ all-time leading goal scorers to date:
Jerome Iginla (412)—Right wing Jerome Iginla has played for the Flames his entire career so far, since 1996, and he’s been one of the NHL’s most exciting and productive players all along. Iginla leads the Flames in goals scored, with 412, and he’s scored more than 30 goals eight times, and scored 50 or more goals twice. Iginla’s best season to date was 2001-02, when he led the NHL in goals (52, career high) and total points (96), with 44 assists and a plus-27.
Theoren Fleury (364)—Right wing Theoren Fleury began his NHL career the year the Flames won it all, 1988-89, and played for them until 1998-99. Fleury ranks second in franchise history with 364 goals, and his best season with the team was 1990-91. That year, Fleury scored a career best 51 goals, with 53 assists for 104 total points (also career high) and an NHL-leading plus-48.
Joe Nieuwendyk (314)—Center Joe Nieuwendyk was a journeyman of sorts, but began his career in Calgary in 1986 and played there until 1995. Niewendyk ranks third in team history with 314 goals in a Flames uniform, and he tied a career high with 51 goals twice—in 1987-88 and 1988-89. His best season was probably 1987-88 when he notched the 51 scores along with 41 assists for 92 total points.
Gary Roberts (257)—Left wing Gary Roberts has also been a journeyman who began his career in Calgary in 1986, and played there until 1996. Roberts ranks fourth in Flames’ history with 257 goals, and he had his best season in a Flames uniform, in 1991-92. That year, Roberts had career highs in goals (53) and total points (90), with 37 assists and a plus-32.
Kent Nilsson (229)—Center Kent Nilsson began his NHL career with the Atlanta Flames in 1979 after coming over from the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets, and he moved to Calgary with them and played there until 1985. Nilsson ranks fifth in team history with 229 goals, and his best season was with Calgary in 1980-81, with career highs in goals (49), assists (82), and total points (131).