Calgary Flames 1972-73

Nola McConnan

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

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This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Red), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 1972-73 Atlanta Flames (now Calgary Flames) jersey is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Calgary Flames uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Calgary Flames products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Nola McConnan for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by the National Hockey League unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by the NHL. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at .



The 1972-73 season was a big year for hockey in North America for two reasons.In September of 1972 a group of Canadian NHL all stars formed a team to face the Soviet Unions national team in an historic 8-game series. The Soviets won 3 of the first 5 games with one tie. Canada won the final 3 games of the series, thanks to some timely scoring by Paul Henderson who scored the winning goal in all three games, giving them a 4-3-1 record and bragging rights as the Series winner.  This event was the foundation of a great international hockey rivalry that continues to this day. The Soviets style of play, highlighted by their skating and passing ability, would change the way hockey was played on North American rinks.Also that year the NHL's pro-hockey monopoly was ended when the upstart World Hockey Association began play with 12 teams and a number of former NHL players. Bobby Hull was the biggest name to leave the NHL; he bolted from the Chicago Blackhawks to sign an unprecedented 10-year, $2.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.  The WHA established teams in new hockey markets like: Cleveland, Connecticut, Ottawa, Quebec City, Houston and Alberta as well as going head-to-head with the NHL in: Toronto, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.  The new league became a thorn in the side of the NHL for years to come as players continued to leave the NHL seeking better wages in the WHA.And the NHL introduced two new teams New York Islanders and the Atlanta Flames.In Atlanta the team was named the Flames after the famous fire of Atlanta started by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864. The blaze destroyed most of Dixie and was considered the beginning of the end of the Civil War.In their first season the Flames finished with a 25-38-15 record for 65 pts and seventh place in the NHL's Western Division. The very colourful Bernie Boom Boom Geoffrion, a star with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1950's and 1960's, was the teams head coach. On the ice they were led by team captain Keith McCreary, Bob Leiter who was their top scorer (26 goals-34 assists, 60 points) and veteran tough guy Pat Quinn who led the team with 113 PIMs.This red road jersey showcases the original look of the team when they entered the league. The jersey is accented by yellow and white trim and solid white numerals on the sleeves and back. The logo is a stylized capital A (for Atlanta) with flames in the center.

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