The Flames did something a little bit different for the first game of their playoff series with the Avalanche on Thursday.
Calgary came out in their third alternate jerseys which are a fan favorite, but a bit of a surprise as teams don’t wear alternates all that often in postseason games, especially in openers.
But for the team from Alberta, there’s a cool reason for why — other than the fact these red and yellow sweaters are some of the coolest in the NHL.
These are the same jerseys the team wore 30 years ago in the 1988-89 season.
That was the last — and only — time the Flames won a Stanley Cup.
Calgary Flames jerseys tonight are 🔥🔥🔥. Sabres need to take note… pic.twitter.com/6y6dxCU6Yd
— Wiscoy Headwaters (@The_Headwaters) April 12, 2019
During that season the Flames finished with a 54-17-9 record, accumulating 117 points on the year.
The Flames’ 107 points this season is the most the team has had since that year.
So Calgary is doing all they can to bring about as much juju from that year as possible.
The players are even doing their best to channel the facial hair of that season as forward Sam Bennett is rocking the Lanny McDonald mustache and looking pretty good with it in fact.
— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) April 11, 2019
The Flames received a tough draw in the first round by catching one of the hottest teams in the NHL via the Avalanche, but Calgary has home-ice advantage and one of the best lines in the league with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm. So it can counter Colorado’s best which was one of the highest scoring units in the league.