1988 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1988 Stanley Cup Finals was between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins. The Oilers would win the series 4–0 in five games; game four was abandoned due to a power failure at the Boston Garden with the score tied 3–3 and replayed. This would be the seventh of nine consecutive Finals contested by a team from Western Canada, beginning with the Vancouver Canucks Cinderella march of 1982 and the sixth of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Oilers x 6, Calgary Flames x 2), and the fifth of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (Oilers x 4, Montreal Canadiens x 1).
Paths to the Finals
The Finals pitted the Oilers' offensive juggernaut against the Bruins' more balanced team. The Oilers showed their defensive prowess, surrendering just 9 goals in the four completed games. Ray Bourque was physical in defending against Gretzky, but that would not ground the Great One on his way to claiming his second Conn Smythe Trophy and setting playoff records with 31 assists in just 18 games, and 13 points in the Finals series.
|May 18||Boston Bruins||1 – 2
0 – 0, 1 – 1, 0 – 1
|Edmonton Oilers||Northlands Coliseum
|Andy Moog||Goalies||Grant Fuhr|
Cam Neely 8 (Craig Janney, Gord Kluzak) – 13:15
|0 – 1
1 – 1
1 – 2
|1:56 – Wayne Gretzky 10 (Steve Smith, Jari Kurri) (PP)
1:15 – Keith Acton 2 (Steve Smith, Kevin McClelland)
Fog interfered with the game, and a power failure caused its cancellation.
Glenn Anderson set a new record for quickest goal from the start of a Finals playoff Series game when he scored 10 seconds into the contest. Despite the game being suspended and replayed, the record is official. That record was tied two years later in the third game of the 1990 finals by John Byce playing for, in a twist, the Bruins, against the Oilers. Regardless, the Oilers swept the series and won their 4th Stanley Cup in five years.
Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
|Wed, May 18||Boston Bruins||1||Edmonton Oilers||2|
|Fri, May 20||Boston Bruins||2||Edmonton Oilers||4|
|Sun, May 22||Edmonton Oilers||6||Boston Bruins||3|
|Tue, May 24||Edmonton Oilers||3||Boston Bruins||3||Game suspended at 16:37 of second period due to power failure.|
|Thu, May 26||Boston Bruins||3||Edmonton Oilers||6|
Edmonton wins best-of-seven series 4–0
Edmonton Oilers - 1988 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Peter Pocklington (Owner)
- Glen Sather (President/General Manager/Head Coach)
- John Muckler (Co-Coach), Ted Green (Asst. Coach)
- Bruce MacGregor (Asst. General Manager)
- Barry Fraser (Director of Player Personnel/Chief Scout), Bill Tuele (Director of Public Relations)
- Dr. Gordon Cameron (Team Physician), Peter Millar (Athletic Therapist), Juergen Merz (Message Therapist)
- Barrie Stafford (Trainer), Lyle Kulchisky (Asst. Trainer)
Stanley Cup engraving
- #29 Daryl Reaugh (backup goalie) joined the team after Andy Moog left in September to play for Team Canada, and at the 1988 Olympics. Reaugh would play 6 games (dressed for 60). After the Olympics, Moog was traded to Boston Bruins for minor leaguer goalie Bill Ranford. Reaugh was sent to the minors, being recalled during the conference finals. His name was left off, because he was playing in the minors after the trade deadline.
- #20 Steve Dykstra played 42 NHL games in 1987–88 season. Dykstra joined Edmonton in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres, playing in 15 of the Oilers last 21 games, but not in the playoffs. He was left off, because he did not play all 42 games with Edmonton.
- #32 Jim Wiemer - Played 12 regular season games and 2 games in Conference Finals. He was left off the Stanley Cup, because he did not play in the finals
- This would mark the final time Wayne Gretzky would win the Stanley Cup.
- Team picture on the ice, after winning a championship
- After the Oilers won the 1988 Stanley Cup, Wayne Gretzky, (in what ended up being his last game with the Oilers) wanted a picture on the ice with all the players, and all non-playing members including management, coaches, trainers, scouts, locker room assistants. This tradition has been followed by each Stanley Cup winning team since. The team picture tradition after winning a championship is also followed by most hockey championship teams at all levels around the world.
Gretzky wanted each member of the Oilers to be included on the team picture. However, when the cup was engraved all 5 scouts were left off: Garnet Bailey, Ed Chadwick, Lorne Davis, Matti Vaisanen (on the cup in 1985, 1987, 1990), Bob Freeman (not on the Cup). The Oilers also left 3 players off the Stanley Cup: Daryl Reaugh, Steve Dykstra, Jim Weimer. Bill Tuele (Public Relations Director) had his name added to the cup for the first time. He has rings with the Oilers in 1984, 1985, 1987, but his name was not put on the Stanley Cup those seasons.
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Stanley Cup Champions