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Why you should root for Calgary in 2017-18 (and forever)

Anaheim Ducks v Calgary Flames - Game Three Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

New to hockey and looking for a team to root for? Is your current team letting you down? Well search no further, the Flames are here to fulfill all of your hockey needs.

HISTORY AND RIVALRY are important aspects of any lovable hockey franchise, and the Flames sure do have a lot of both. The Flames began as the Atlanta Flames in 1972, but moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1980. The Flames of the 1980’s produced legends such as Joe Mullen, Al MacInnis, and Doug Gilmour, as well as a Stanley Cup win in 1989.

The Flames aren’t the only hockey powerhouse in Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers play only 3 hours away at Rogers Place. These two teams have generated a fierce rivalry, dubbed the Battle of Alberta. If you want to see a regular season game that is played with playoff intensity, look no further than the Flames vs. Oilers.

THE C OF RED is fan unity to the next level. The C of Red is the name given to the bond of the Calgary Flames and their fans since the 1980s. It tends to refer to the home crowd during playoff games wearing the Flames red jerseys, but it has truly become a binding connection between Flames fans everywhere. There is no fan base quite like it.

Anaheim Ducks v Calgary Flames - Game Three Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

A BRIGHT FUTURE is on the horizon, as the Flames are gradually gaining momentum to become Stanley Cup contenders. The Flames are currently boasting young talent with the likes of Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and Sam Bennett. They are also aided by accomplished veterans such as Mark Giordano, Matt Stajan, and Kris Versteeg. The Flames has a strong AHL team full of young men capable of competing at the NHL level. There is never a boring game when you’re a fan of the Flames.