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  • Tom Lysiak (1953 - 2016)
    Tom Lysiak, a popular and productive member of the Blackhawks during the 1980s, died on Monday, May 30. He was 63.Lysiak’s passing after a battle with leukemia was confirmed by his daughter, Jessie, wh...
  • Bernard "Boom Boom" Geoffrion (1931 - 2006)
    Joseph Bernard André Geoffrion (French pronunciation: ​[%CA%92%C9%94f%CA%81j%C9%94%CC%83]; February 14, 1931 – March 11, 2006), nicknamed Boom Boom, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and co...

The Atlanta Flames were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1972 until 1980. They played out of the Omni Coliseum and were members of the West and later Patrick divisions of the National Hockey League (NHL). Along with the New York Islanders, the Flames were created in 1971 as part of the NHL's conflict with the rival World Hockey Association (WHA). The team enjoyed modest success on the ice, qualifying for the post-season in six of its eight seasons, but failed to win a playoff series and won only two post-season games total. The franchise struggled to draw fans, and after averaging only 10,000 per game in 1979–80, was sold and relocated to Alberta to become the Calgary Flames.

Eric Vail was the Flames' top goal scorer with 174 while Tom Lysiak led with 431 points. Guy Chouinard was the lone player to score 50 goals in one season. Goaltender Dan Bouchard led the team in wins (166) and shutouts (20). Two Flames players won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie: Vail in 1974–75 and Willi Plett in 1975–76. Bob MacMillan won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the most gentlemanly player in 1978–79. General Manager Cliff Fletcher is the lone member of the Atlanta team to be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.