Calgary Hitmen

The Calgary Hitmen are a Canadian ice hockey team of Calgary, Alberta and play in the Central Division of the Western Hockey League, one of the top three Canadian junior leagues. The Hitmen were established in 1995, named after the Calgary dating former wrestler Bret " Hitman" Hart. Since 1997 they are in possession of the Calgary Flames. The venue of the home matches is the Scotiabank Saddledome. You are in accordance with the Calgary Centennials and Calgary Wranglers the third team of the city in the history of the Western Hockey League.

Since its inception, the Calgary Hitmen finished the regular season four times as a point best team and managed between 1998 and 2010 in 13 seasons in a row, a place in the play-offs. In 1999 she won the first team from Calgary the President's Cup as WHL champions, they repeated this success eleven years later and won the Ed Chynoweth Cup, now called Champion trophy.


The Hitmen were founded in 1995 by the NHL professionals Theoren Fleury and Joe Sakic, wrestler Bret Hart, as well as 15 other investors, on the initiative of Hart. The club colors were initially pink and black, those colors that Hart was in the ring during his career.

In the first two seasons in the Western Hockey League ( WHL) was the success of the Hitmen out due to a poor defensive performance and they were sold in 1997 to the Calgary Flames and changed the club colors in gold, silver and copper.

In possession of it immediately then gave a score increase of more than 100 percent and the Hitmen were able to qualify for the playoffs with the second position in their division for the first time. There she reached immediately the Conference Finals.

For the fourth year of its existence, they could conclude the 1999 regular season in the WHL in the first place and then also won the playoffs. Thus, they qualified for the Memorial Cup, where they lost but in the final against the Ottawa 67 's after overtime 6:7.

In the following season they reached 120 points, and thus the maximum value of the club's history, but eliminated in the playoffs in the second round. In the 2009/10 season the team as a playoff winner of the Ed Chynoweth Cup won WHL.

In the U20 Junior World Championship 2005, the Hitmen featured two players (Andrew Ladd and Ryan Getzlaf ) for Team Canada won the gold.


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For the supporters of the Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss has become a good tradition: after the first goal of their team during the festive season, alternatively, after the first final whistle, the fans throw plush teddy bears on the ice. In this way came last (2013 ) together over 25,000 teddy bears for needy and sick children who are often presented personally by players.

Season statistics

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, SOL = Shootout Losses by, Pts = Points, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against

Internal Team Records

(End of season 2011 /12)

NHL alumni

40 players from the squad of the Calgary Hitmen were drafted at the annual NHL Entry Draft by the teams. The first was when Boris Protsenko Draft 1996, Round 3, 77th overall. Him came for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their organization. The earliest picks in the history are Pavel Brendl, 1999 New York Rangers, and Andrew Ladd, 2004 Carolina Hurricanes, 4th overall. Nine players were drafted the Hitmen in the first round.

35 players have played in the NHL. The first Ryan Bast was in the 1998-99 season with two games for the Philadelphia Flyers. Andrew Ladd took a two-time Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan Getzlaf brought the famous trophy in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks.