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Red-tro way to mark 30 years

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

The Calgary Flames have gone retro for their 30th season in Calgary, unveiling a third jersey that looks very familiar.

The uniform is a replica to the one used when the team arrived from Atlanta in 1980 and used until the mid-1990s.

"Since I've been in Calgary, (fans have) always asked, 'Why don't you guys bring back all the red?' I'm thinking, 'They'll never bring back the helmets, the gloves, the pants, that seems like a little overkill,' but all of a sudden here it is," said centre Craig Conroy.

"It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to wearing all red."

The uniform, which will be used during five games this year, including the Oct. 1 season opener against the Vancouver Canucks, will be worn with red helmets, gloves and pants.

It's the same uniform worn by the Flames when they won the 1989 Stanley Cup.

The Flames will also wear a patch denoting their 30th year in the city.

"The key is to honour our history and our past, and it's a glorious and wonderful history," said president Ken King. "The real good news is, after 30 years, this is one of the top franchises in the NHL ... Going forward, I think our future is very bright."

As part of the team's celebration, a DVD featuring the 10 most memorable games in franchise history will be released for sale later this month, the club will be part of creating two outdoor rinks.

Also, the Rotary/Flames House -- a hospice for children -- will be opened soon.


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