1985–86 Edmonton Oilers season

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1985–86 Edmonton Oilers
Smythe Division Champions
Division 1st Smythe
Conference 1st Campbell
1985–86 record 56–17–7
Home record 32–6–2
Road record 24–11–5
Goals for 426 (1st)
Goals against 310 (13th)
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Wayne Gretzky
Alternate captains Lee Fogolin
Mark Messier
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Average attendance 17,358 (99.2%)
Minor league affiliations Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL)
Team leaders
Goals Jari Kurri (68)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (163)
Points Wayne Gretzky (215)
Penalties in minutes Kevin McClelland (266)
Plus/minus Wayne Gretzky (+71)
Wins Grant Fuhr (29)
Goals against average Andy Moog (3.69)
<1984–85 1986–87>

The 1985–86 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 7th season in the NHL, and they were coming off back to back Stanley Cup Championships. Edmonton would win the Presidents Trophy, as they finished with 119 points, which was a league high and tied the franchise record which was set in the 1983–84 season. The Oilers won the Smythe Division for the 5th consecutive season, and were heavy favourites to win their third-straight Stanley Cup. It was also the 5th consecutive season in which they scored at least 400 goals. However, the Oilers were defeated by the Calgary Flames in the second round.

Regular season[edit]

During the season, the Oilers had to deal with some legal issues. Dave Hunter was convicted three times in a span of less than two years for impaired driving. Mark Messier had his automobile troubles too, getting a fine after hitting three parked cars with his Porsche.[1] Finally, the Oilers signed Craig MacTavish, who had missed the 1984-85 NHL season while serving a year in jail for vehicular homicide.[2] Despite these distractions, the Oilers still finished first overall in the NHL.

Wayne Gretzky would set an NHL record by earning 215 points and 163 assists, breaking records that he had previously set, as he won his 6th Art Ross Trophy and his 7th Hart Trophy. Jari Kurri would become the 1st Oiler other than Gretzky to lead the team in goals as he scored 68 goals, and added 63 assists to finish with 131 points. Paul Coffey would set the record for most goals (48) by a defenceman, breaking the record of 46 goals that Bobby Orr had previously set while finishing the season with 138 points, which was one point behind Orr's all-time defenceman record of 139 points. He would go on to win his 2nd straight Norris Trophy.

In goal, Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog would once again split time, with Fuhr leading the team with 29 wins, while Moog posted a team best 3.69 GAA.

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division[3]
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 56 17 7 426 310 119
Calgary Flames 80 40 31 9 354 315 89
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 47 7 295 372 59
Vancouver Canucks 80 23 44 13 282 333 59
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 49 8 284 389 54

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Schedule and results[edit]

1985–86 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Tie (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs, the Oilers made quick work of the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round sweeping them in three straight games, and setting up a matchup with the Calgary Flames, who defeated the Winnipeg Jets in the opening round, for another Battle of Alberta. The Oilers could never seem to get on a roll against the Flames, as the series was pushed to the limit as they would meet for a 7th game in Edmonton. With the score tied up at 2 late in the 3rd period, Oilers defenceman Steve Smith was playing the puck behind the Edmonton goal, and attempted to make a pass, however it hit goalie Grant Fuhr and the puck ended up in the Oilers goal, giving the Flames a 3–2 lead. Edmonton could not come back, as the Flames ended up winning the game, and the series, and ending the Oilers chance at winning a 3rd Stanley Cup in a row.

1986 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 80 52 163 215 46
Paul Coffey 79 48 90 138 120
Jari Kurri 78 68 63 131 22
Glenn Anderson 72 54 48 102 90
Mark Messier 63 35 49 84 68
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Andy Moog 47 2664 27 9 7 164 1 .889 3.69
Grant Fuhr 40 2184 29 8 0 143 0 .890 3.93

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 10 8 11 19 2
Jari Kurri 10 2 10 12 4
Glenn Anderson 10 8 3 11 14
Mark Messier 10 4 6 10 18
Paul Coffey 10 1 9 10 30
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Andy Moog 1 60 1 0 1 0 .963 1.00
Grant Fuhr 9 541 5 4 28 0 .897 3.11

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 266: An Oilers record for most penalty minutes in a single season by Kevin McClelland.
  • 206: A new Oilers record for most penalty minutes in a single season by Kevin McClelland on February 11, 1986.
  • 265: An Oilers record for most penalty minutes in a single season by a defenceman by Marty McSorley.
  • 197: A new Oilers record for most penalty minutes in a single season by a defenceman by Marty McSorley on March 4, 1986.
  • 215: An NHL record for most points in a single season by Wayne Gretzky.
  • 213: A new NHL record for most points in a single season by Wayne Gretzky on April 4, 1986.
  • 163: An NHL record for most assists in a single season by Wayne Gretzky.
  • 136: A new NHL record for most assists in a single season by Wayne Gretzky on March 7, 1986.
  • 48: An NHL record for most goals in a single season by a defenceman by Paul Coffey.
  • 47: A new NHL record for most goals in a single season by a defenceman by Paul Coffey on April 2, 1986.
  • 8: Tied NHL record for most career short-handed goals in a playoffs by Wayne Gretzky on April 24, 1986.

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Glenn Anderson 300th NHL PIM October 10, 1985
Charlie Huddy 200th NHL PIM
Esa Tikkanen 1st NHL Game
Esa Tikkanen 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
October 13, 1985
Mark Napier 500th NHL Game October 16, 1985
Grant Fuhr 100th NHL Win October 20, 1985
Wayne Gretzky 700th NHL Assist
Paul Coffey 400th NHL Game October 23, 1985
Lee Fogolin 1,200th NHL PIM October 25, 1985
Glenn Anderson 12th NHL Hat-trick October 28, 1985
Kevin McClelland 500th NHL PIM
Steve Smith 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Dave Hunter 600th NHL PIM November 1, 1985
Wayne Gretzky 35th NHL Hat-trick November 3, 1985
Larry Melnyk 1st NHL Goal
Mark Messier 200th NHL Goal November 5, 1985
Dave Lumley 2nd NHL Hat-trick November 8, 1985
Steve Smith 1st NHL Goal November 20, 1985
Craig MacTavish 1st NHL Hat-trick
1st NHL Natural Hat-trick
December 1, 1985
Jari Kurri 300th NHL Assist December 5, 1985
Craig MacTavish 100th NHL PIM
Wayne Gretzky 500th NHL Game December 7, 1985
Mike Krushelnyski 100th NHL Goal
Jari Kurri 14th NHL Hat-trick
Glenn Anderson 13th NHL Hat-trick December 11, 1985
Jari Kurri 15th NHL Hat-trick
Paul Coffey 500th NHL Point December 13, 1985
Wayne Gretzky 1,200th NHL Point
Don Jackson 500th NHL PIM
Paul Coffey 4th NHL Hat-trick
3rd NHL Gordie Howe hat trick
December 20, 1985
Jari Kurri 16th NHL Hat-trick
1st Four-Goal NHL Game
Kevin McClelland 600th NHL PIM
Dave Semenko 900th NHL PIM
Dave Hunter 100th NHL Goal December 22, 1985
Wayne Gretzky 36th NHL Hat-trick December 31, 1985
Marty McSorley 300th NHL PIM
1st NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick
January 2, 1986
Randy Gregg 100th NHL Point January 5, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 37th NHL Hat-trick January 8, 1986
Glenn Anderson 500th NHL Point January 10, 1986
Steve Smith 100th NHL PIM
Paul Coffey 600th NHL PIM January 11, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 400th NHL PIM January 13, 1986
Charlie Huddy 200th NHL Point January 31, 1986
Paul Coffey 4th NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick February 1, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 800th NHL Assist February 6, 1986
Mark Messier 500th NHL Point February 11, 1986
Jari Kurri 600th NHL Point February 14, 1986
Selmar Odelein 1st NHL Game
Grant Fuhr 200th NHL Game February 24, 1986
Marty McSorley 400th NHL PIM
Kevin Lowe 500th NHL PIM February 26, 1986
Mark Messier 8th NHL Hat-trick
1st NHL Natural Hat-trick
Jari Kurri 50th Goal in 65 Games March 4, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 1,300th NHL Point March 5, 1986
Glenn Anderson 14th NHL Hat-trick March 9, 1986
Kevin McClelland 700th NHL PIM
Kevin McClelland 100th NHL Point March 12, 1986
Glenn Anderson 50th Goal in 71 Games
15th NHL Hat-trick
March 14, 1986
Paul Coffey 400th NHL Assist
Risto Jalo 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Kevin McClelland 3rd NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick
Wayne Gretzky 50th Goal in 72 Games March 18, 1986
Mark Messier 300th NHL Assist March 21, 1986
Mark Napier 200th NHL Goal March 25, 1986
Paul Coffey 600th NHL Point April 2, 1986
Lee Fogolin 1,300th NHL PIM April 4, 1986
Marty McSorley 500th NHL PIM
Mark Messier 700th NHL PIM
Jari Kurri 300th NHL Goal April 6, 1986
Glenn Anderson 400th NHL Game TBD
Charlie Huddy 300th NHL Game
Dave Hunter 500th NHL Game
Jari Kurri 400th NHL Game
Kevin Lowe 500th NHL Game
Dave Lumley 400th NHL Game
Kevin McClelland 200th NHL Game
Marty McSorley 100th NHL Game
Andy Moog 100th NHL Win
Dave Semenko 400th NHL Game
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Glenn Anderson 50th NHL Assist April 9, 1986
Marty McSorley 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Steve Smith 1st NHL Game
Esa Tikkanen 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Jeff Beukeboom 1st NHL Game April 10, 1986
Mark Messier 50th NHL Assist
Esa Tikkanen 1st NHL Goal April 12, 1986
Dave Hunter 1st NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick
Kevin Lowe 50th NHL PIM April 20, 1986
Wayne Gretzky 6th NHL Hat-trick April 24, 1986
Mike Krushelnyski 50th NHL PIM
Jari Kurri 50th NHL Goal
Marty McSorley 50th NHL PIM
Craig MacTavish 1st NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick
Steve Smith 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
April 28, 1986
Don Jackson 50th NHL Game TBD

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

May 31, 1985 To Minnesota North Stars
Paul Houck
To Edmonton Oilers
Gilles Meloche
September 11, 1985 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gilles Meloche
To Edmonton Oilers
Marty McSorley
Tim Hrynewich
Craig Muni
October 4, 1985 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Pat Hughes
To Edmonton Oilers
Mike Moller
December 20, 1985 To Minnesota North Stars
Marc Habscheid
Don Barber
Emanuel Viveiros
To Edmonton Oilers
Gord Sherven
Don Biggs
December 20, 1985 To New York Rangers
Larry Melnyk
Todd Strueby
To Edmonton Oilers
Mike Rogers
December 28, 1985 To Detroit Red Wings
Billy Carroll
To Edmonton Oilers
Bruce Eakin

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
F Ken Solheim Minnesota North Stars
F Dean Hopkins Los Angeles Kings
Player New team
D Rejean Cloutier Montreal Canadiens
F Pat Conacher New Jersey Devils
D Tony Currie Quebec Nordiques
F Simon Wheeldon New York Rangers

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 20 Scott Metcalfe  Canada Kingston Canadians (OHL)
2 41 Todd Carnelley  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
3 62 Mike Ware  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
5 104 Tomas Kapusta  Czechoslovakia Gottwaldov (Czech.)
6 125 Brian Tessier  Canada North Bay Centennials (OHL)
7 146 Shawn Tyers  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
8 167 Tony Fairfield  Canada St. Albert Saints (AJHL)
9 188 Kelly Buchberger  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
10 209 Mario Barbe  Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
11 230 Peter Headon  Canada Notre Dame High School (Canada)
12 251 John Haley  United States Hull High School (USHS)

Roster[edit]

1985-86 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

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