Moncton Golden Flames

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Moncton Golden Flames
City Moncton, New Brunswick
League American Hockey League
Operated 19841987
Home arena Moncton Coliseum
Affiliates Calgary Flames
Boston Bruins
Franchise history
1982–1984 Moncton Alpines
1984–1987 Moncton Golden Flames

The Moncton Golden Flames were a professional ice hockey team based in Moncton, New Brunswick, playing home games at the Moncton Coliseum. The team operated in the American Hockey League between 1984 and 1987, as a minor league affiliate of the Calgary Flames and the Boston Bruins. In 1987, team marketing executive Larry Haley was awarded the Ken McKenzie Award for outstanding work.


The New Brunswick Hawks of the American Hockey League (AHL) had been established in Moncton in 1978, and were jointly owned and operated by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks as their farm team.[1][2][3][4][5][6] In the summer of 1982, with Chicago having already pulled out of New Brunswick in favour of affiliating with the Springfield Indians on their own,[2][7][8][9] the Maple Leafs announced that they would not operate the team in Moncton the following year after they couldn't come to terms with the city on a new arena lease,[2][8][9] even though the team had the fifth highest attendance in the league.[10] At the same AHL Board of Governors meeting that the franchise's relocation to become the St. Catharines Saints was approved,[11][12][13][14][15] the Edmonton Oilers received approval to purchase a new AHL franchise to replace the departed Hawks in Moncton,[11][12][14][15] leading to establishment of the Moncton Alpines as their affiliate that fall.[15][16] The team played for two seasons until 1984, coached by Doug Messier both seasons. Following 1984 the team was bought by the Calgary Flames and renamed the Moncton Golden Flames. The franchise folded in 1987, and replaced by the Winnipeg Jets' affiliate, the Moncton Hawks.


Training staff

  • 1984–87 - Brian Patafie, Mike Baiani, David Lorette, Jamie Druet, Andrew Trites


During 1986–87, former NHL player Brett Hull won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's rookie of the year. Sixty-three Moncton Golden Flames players including Hull, went on to play in the NHL. [1] Five players from the Golden Flames also went on to win the Stanley Cup with the 1988–89 Calgary Flames. They are, Joel Otto, Dave Reierson, Gary Roberts, Ken Sabourin and goaltender Mike Vernon.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL Points Goals
1984–85 80 32 40 8 72 291 300 6th, North
1985–86 80 34 34 12 80 294 307 3rd, North
1986–87 80 43 31 6 92 338 315 3rd, North


Season 1st round 2nd round Finals
1984–85 Out of Playoffs
1985–86 W, 4-1, Maine L, 1-4, Adirondack
1986–87 L, 2-4, Adirondack
Moncton Alpines
City Moncton, New Brunswick
League American Hockey League
Operated 19821984
Home arena Moncton Coliseum
Affiliates Edmonton Oilers
Franchise history
1978–1982 AHL New Brunswick Hawks
1982–1984 AHL Moncton Alpines
1984–1987 AHL Moncton Golden Flames


The most famous former NHL player from the two Alpines seasons is Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr. Other notable former NHL players include, Bob Attwell, Reid Bailey, Ken Berry, Todd Bidner, Rick Blight, John Blum, Serge Boisvert, Pat Conacher, Ray Cote, Peter Dineen, Tom Gorence, Marc Habscheid, Al Hill, Reg Kerr, Ron Low, Joe McDonnell, Jim McTaggart, Larry Melnyk, Paul Messier, Lindsay Middlebrook, Paul Mulvey, Bill Riley, Tom Rowe, Steve Smith, Dennis Sobchuk, Garry Unger, Yvon Vautour and Mike Zanier.


Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
Standing Playoffs
1982–83 80 34 39 7 75 304 315 5th, North Out of playoffs
1983–84 80 32 40 8 72 251 278 5th, North Out of playoffs

See also


  1. "Sports roundup". Globe and Mail. 1978-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Leaf team to leave Moncton". Toronto Star. 1982-06-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Leafs, Hawks to Moncton". Toronto Star. 1978-06-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Houston, William (1982-03-31). "'Everything has price,' Ballard says; it's $50 million for Leafs. Gardens". Globe and Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Ballard wants Leafs to have own farm club". Globe and Mail. 1980-03-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Across Canada: No liquor licence for Leafs-Hawks farm club". Globe and Mail. 1978-11-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Campbell, Neil (1982-05-28). "It's musical chairs on ice as CHL franchises switch". Globe and Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Leafs to move AHL franchise". Globe and Mail. 1982-06-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 Campbell, Neil (1982-07-06). "AHL rejects shift of Leaf farm club". Globe and Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Campbell, Neil (1982-06-03). "Fans fail to save Hawks". Globe and Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 Kane, Mike (1982-07-24). "Red Wings return to North as AHL swells to 13 teams". Schenectady Gazette.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 "AHL adds three teams in expansion". Globe and Mail. 1982-07-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Leafs place AHL team in St. Kitts". Globe and Mail. 1982-06-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 McMillan, Tom (1982-07-24). "Sports briefing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Leger, Normand (1982-07-26). "Oilers a Moncton - Les details connus cette semaine". L'Évangéline.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. ""Les Alpines": club ferme des Oilers". L'Évangéline. 1982-08-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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