The Calgary Flames In The NHL

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The Calgary Flames have been in the National Hockey League since 1980. They won the Stanley Cup in 1989, the trophy for being champions of the league. Hockey is considered to be “Canada’s Game” as it is the most popular sport among Canadians. The Flames are one of the seven Canadian franchises in the NHL. They are part of one of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, which is the battle of Alberta. The Flames have nine players currently in the hockey hall of fame. The Calgary Flames generated 430 million in revenue for the National Hockey League. However have an issue regarding their arena, as it is time to get a new one since they have one of the oldest in the National Hockey League.
An issue that is surrounding the Calgary Flames has the oldest
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Seattle has recently applied for expansion; however, Flames moving to Seattle could be a better solution for the NHL. If the Calgary Flames left the Saddledome without a team to play in, which would cost the city a lot of money. In 2011 the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, and it cost their ownership group sixty million dollars just to relocate the team. Another issue with relocation for the National Hockey League, the options would be limited as the NHL current alignment of teams is skewed as the Eastern Conference has more teams than the western conference as of right now. So, if Calgary moves to Quebec, it would cause another realignment as the league would be fourteen teams in the West and seventeen teams in the east. Having a further divide among the conferences is something that the NHL will not approve. They want both conferences to be equal regarding the number of teams, so it creates a fair environment for teams to make the playoffs or …show more content…
Hockey is one of the sporting events and having a forty-year-old venue will not make Calgary an attractive option for the Olympic committee to host the Olympic games. Hockey is also an event that could make a lot of money as Canadians are known to love their hockey. Plus, the Olympics is a world event, and Calgary wants to show the world how lovely the city is. They cannot have a new arena with the help of the Calgary Flames as it will become extremely costly for City. Its estimated that building a new arena would cost 500 million dollars to get constructed and they wouldn't have an NHL team to play in the new stadium if the flames leave. The social and economic impact the team has hs on the City of Calgary would miss through the

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