1983 Stanley Cup Finals

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1983 Stanley Cup Finals
Teams 1 2 3 4 Games
New York Islanders  2 6 5 4 4
Edmonton Oilers  0 3 1 2 0
Location: Edmonton (Northlands Coliseum) (1,2)
Uniondale, New York (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (3,4)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: New York: Al Arbour
Edmonton: Glen Sather
Captains: New York: Denis Potvin
Edmonton: Lee Fogolin
Dates: May 10 – 17
MVP: Billy Smith (New York Islanders)
Series-winning
goal:
Mike Bossy (G4,12:39, first)
Networks: CBC (Canada-English), SRC (Canada-French), USA Network (United States, except in New York area), WOR (New York area, Games 1 & 2), SportsChannel (New York area, Games 3 & 4)
Announcers: (CBC) Bob Cole, Gary Dornhoefer, Mickey Redmond
(USA) Dan Kelly, Gary Green
(WOR, SC) Jiggs McDonald, Ed Westfall
(New York Islanders Radio)Barry Landers, Jean Potvin
(Edmonton Oilers Radio) Rod Phillips, Ken Brown
 < 1982 Stanley Cup Finals 1984 > 

The 1983 Stanley Cup Finals NHL championship series was contested by the Edmonton Oilers in their first-ever Final series appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their fourth, and fourth consecutive, Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to none, to win their fourth-straight and fourth-overall Stanley Cup. It was also the fourth straight Finals of post-1967 expansion teams, and the first involving a former World Hockey Association (WHA) team. This is also the most recent time that a defending Stanley Cup champion has won the cup four years in a row, and also the last time a North American professional sports team has managed four straight championships; since then no NHL team has won more than two consecutive championships (most recently the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998). This would be the first of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Oilers x 6, Calgary Flames x 2).

Paths to the Final[edit]

Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3–0, the Calgary Flames 4–1 and the Chicago Black Hawks 4–0 to advance to the finals. In eliminating Winnipeg, Calgary and Chicago, the Oilers had won 11 of 12 games and had outscored their opponents 74-33, averaging over six goals a game and setting 16 scoring records in these three rounds. The 1983 Final marked sixty years since an Edmonton team had last contested the Stanley Cup. The 1923 Edmonton Eskimos WCHL team played the NHL's Ottawa Senators in the 1923 Stanley Cup Final, held in Vancouver. The two-game, total-goals series was won by Ottawa.

New York defeated the Washington Capitals 3–1, the New York Rangers 4–2, and the Boston Bruins 4–2 to make it to the finals.

The series[edit]

Billy Smith limited the Oilers to just six goals in the four games, and shut them out in seven out of twelve periods. Smith was also noted for his slashes and feigned injuries in that series, which made him unpopular with the Edmonton Journal, which named him "PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1", "Mr. Obnoxious," "Samaurai [sic] Billy," "Jack the Ripper" and "a creep".[1] After a slash on Glenn Anderson's knee prevented him from practicing the next day, Oilers manager and coach Glen Sather unsuccessfully complained to the NHL that Smith deserved an attempt-to-injure match penalty, and then took his case to the press suggesting that the Oilers could take out Smith. Smith responded "Let's face it. If [Dave] Semenko runs at me and hurts me, anything could happen, and the victim could be Gretzky. If they want blood...." Smith however did earn a five minute penalty for slashing Wayne Gretzky.[1] In game four, Smith's dive resulted in referee Andy Van Hellemond handing a five minute penalty to the Oilers' Anderson.[2]

In his first appearance in the Finals, Gretzky assisted on four of the Oilers six goals but failed to score himself. While no Islander was assigned to mark Gretzky, the Oilers superstar found himself checked as soon as he got the puck. The Islanders' tactics were described as a "rope-a-dope", using their experience and patience to hang on in the face of the Oilers' furious attack. The Islanders permitted Edmonton to take long shots from poor angles, but cleared the rebounds and kept the front of the net open so Smith could see.[3][4] The Sutter brothers, Duane and Brent, led with seven and five points, respectively in the first 3 games. Especially with Duane playing a key role in the absence of Bossy in game one. Bossy netted his second Stanley Cup-winning goal.

After game four, the Oilers players walked past the Islanders' dressing room and noticed many of the Islanders players exhausted and covered in ice packs rather than wildly celebrating, with Mark Messier suggesting that this gave the Oilers inspiration that they needed in order to win next year.[1][5]

Game Summary[edit]

New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Tue, May 10 New York 2 Edmonton 0
Thu, May 12 New York 6 Edmonton 3
Sat, May 14 Edmonton 1 New York 5
Tue, May 17 Edmonton 2 New York 4

Notes[edit]

New York Islanders 1983 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

Note ^Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations) was included on all four New York Islanders team pictures 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983. Corais' name however, was not engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Members of New York Islanders 1980 to 1983 Dynasty[edit]

These players and personnel (22 in all) won four Stanley Cups as members of the Islanders, and would also be a part of the Islanders in the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals. The Islanders would amass an NHL record of 19 straight playoff series wins and again reach the Stanley Cup Finals, but lose the 1984 Finals to the Edmonton Oilers in a rematch of the 1983 series.

  • Players: Mike Bossy, Bob Bourne, Clark Gillies, Butch Goring, Lorne Henning†, Anders Kallur, Gord Lane, Dave Langevin, Wayne Merrick, Ken Morrow, Bob Nystrom, Stefan Persson, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Duane Sutter, John Tonelli, Bryan Trottier
  • Non-playing personnel: John Pickett (owner), Bill Torrey (general manager), Al Arbour (head coach), Gerry Ehman (Scout/later Assistant Manager), Jim Pickard, Ron Waske (Trainers) Lorne Henning†,

† - Henning was a player on the 1980 team, a player-assistant coach on the 1981 team, and an assistant coach on the 1982 and 1983 teams. Henning assisted on 1980 Stanley Cup winning goal in overtime.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Swift, E.M. (May 23, 1983). "The Islanders Go Four It All". Sports Illustrated. 
  2. ^ Falla, Jack (May 28, 1984). "The Oilers Were The Spoilers". Sports Illustrated. 
  3. ^ Falla, Jack (October 10, 1983). "The Drive For Five". Sports Illustrated. 
  4. ^ "Hockey". Sports Illustrated. February 16, 1983. 
  5. ^ Rosen, Dan (May 28, 2009). "Messier relates to Penguins in their Cup rematch". NHL.com. 
Preceded by
New York Islanders
1982
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

1983
Succeeded by
Edmonton Oilers
1984