The Calgary Flames are proud to announce that they will wear a fusion design jersey honouring the history of professional hockey in Calgary (inspired by the Calgary Tigers’ uniform) for the Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium on February 20, 2011 versus the Montreal Canadiens.
The Tigers helped form the Western Canada Hockey League in 1921 to become the first major professional team in Calgary. In 1924, after winning the Western Canadian Championships, the Tigers became the first Calgary-based club to compete for the Stanley Cup, losing the best of three Finals in a sweep to the Montreal Canadiens led by Georges Vezina and Howie Morenz.
The Flames worked with the design team at Reebok to create the vintage look. The jersey features the same jersey striping pattern with a beige Flames C logo in a vintage felt application and lace up neck.
The uniform is a deeper red color with gold stripes and will include the 2011 Heritage Classic logo patch on the front. The Flames will also wear a beige hockey pant to complete this traditional look.
The Tigers competed a total of eleven seasons in four leagues, winning four championships during their existence. The Tigers played the first professional hockey game in Calgary on December 19, 1921 at the Victoria Arena, defeating the Regina Capitals 3–2 before a crowd of 3,000 fans.
Five Tigers players earned election to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Red Dutton, who played 123 games with the Tigers before moving to the NHL where he played 449 more with the Montreal Maroons and New York Americans; Herb Gardiner who began his professional career in Calgary in 1920, remained with the Tigers until he was sold to the Montreal Canadiens in 1926, where he would go on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player in 1927; Harry Oliver who would go on to play eleven seasons in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and New York Americans; Barney Stanley, who had previously won a Stanley Cup with the 1915 Vancouver Millionaires; and Rusty Crawford, a former member of Stanley Cup winning teams: the Quebec Bulldogs (1913) and the Toronto Arenas (1918).
*Calgary Tigers historical information supported by the Hockey Hall of Fame.