Defenseman Gord Wappel was drafted by the Atlanta Flames following his fourth and final season of Junior with the Regina Pats. He then turned professional with the Tulsa Oilers, one of the Flames minor league affiliates, in 1978. During Wappel's second season as a pro the Flames summoned him and he played the first two NHL games of his career.
That summer the Flames franchise was transferred from Atlanta to Calgary and Wappel made the move as well. Though the bulk of his season was spent in the minors toiling in Birmingham and Nova Scotia, Wappel did spend a short time in Calgary as well. This time Wappel got into seven games and managed a point, notching an assist in that time. In 1981-82 Wappel played his final batch of NHL games and this time was able to score a goal, the only one of his NHL career.
In 1982-83 Wappel played his final season, which was spent entirely in the minor leagues with the Colorado Flames of the Central League. Despite hitting career highs as a professional that season with 10 goals and 44 points, Wappel hung up his skates at year's end.