1989 Stanley Cup Finals

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1989 Stanley Cup Finals
1989 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.png
Teams 1 2 3** 4 5 6 Games
Calgary Flames  3 2 3 4 3 4 4
Montreal Canadiens  2 4 4 2 2 2 2
* - overtime periods
Location: Calgary, AB (Olympic Saddledome) (1,2,5)
Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (3,4,6)
Format: Best-of-seven
Coaches: Calgary: Terry Crisp
Montreal: Pat Burns
Captains: Calgary: Lanny McDonald and
Jim Peplinski
Montreal: Bob Gainey
Dates: May 14 to May 25
MVP: Al MacInnis
Doug Gilmour (11:02, third)
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The 1989 Stanley Cup Final was between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens, the top two teams during the 1988–89 NHL regular season. As of 2012, this is the most recent time that the first two seeds met in the Stanley Cup Final, as the New Jersey Devils had one win less than the Detroit Red Wings in 2000–01 when they played against the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 finals. It is also the most recent time that the Final series was played entirely in Canada. The Calgary Flames are also the first relocated NHL team (from Atlanta in 1980-81) to win the Stanley Cup. After their cup win, the Flames would not win another playoff series for 15 years, when they reached the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, but were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. This would be the seventh of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Edmonton Oilers x 6, Flames x 2).

Paths to the Final[edit]

Calgary defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4–3, the Los Angeles Kings 4–0 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 to advance to the Final.

Montreal defeated the Hartford Whalers 4–0, the Boston Bruins 4–1 and the Philadelphia Flyers 4–2.

The series[edit]

Co-captain Lanny McDonald scored the second Flames goal in game six. This turned out to be the last goal in his Hockey Hall of Fame career because he retired during the following off-season. It was also his only Stanley Cup victor. Doug Gilmour scored two goals in the third period, including the eventual game and Cup winner to cement the victory for the Flames. Al MacInnis won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and at 31 points, became the first defenceman to lead the NHL in post-season scoring.[1] The Calgary Flames are the only visiting team to have won the Stanley Cup on the Canadiens' home ice.

Date Away Home OT
Sun, May 14 Montreal 2 3 Calgary
Wed, May 17 Montreal 4 2 Calgary
Fri, May 19 Calgary 3 4 Montreal 2OT
Sun, May 21 Calgary 4 2 Montreal
Tue, May 23 Montreal 2 3 Calgary
Thu, May 25 Calgary 4 2 Montreal

Calgary Flames 1989 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



  Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • #16 Sergei Pryakhin, and #32 Ken Sabourin each played 1 playoff game. They did not play enough regular season games, or in the final to qualify to be on the cup. Pryakhin and Sabourin have Stanley Cup rings. Pryakhin was also included in the team picture. He was first Russian-born trained player to play in the NHL playoffs.
  • Al MacInnis served as Alternate Captain when anyone of three regular Captains Jim Peplinski, Lanny MacDonald, and Tim Hunter did not play a game during the season.

Stanley Cup Finals Patch[edit]

  • The 1989 Stanley Cup Final was the first to feature a special commemorative patch on both teams' jerseys, in honor of the championship series. Placed on each player's left shoulder, the patch employed the same design that would be used from 1989-1994 before being tweaked for the 1995 Final. A commemorative patch has been issued in every Stanley Cup Final since, though subsequent patches were sewn onto the jersey's upper right breast area (with the only exception being the 1994 New York Rangers, whose diagonal wordmark necessitated the patch's placement on the top of the jersey's left shoulder).


  1. ^ Greatest Moments in Calgary Flames Hockey History. pp. 79–80. 


  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont: Fenn Pub. pp. 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7. 
Preceded by
Edmonton Oilers
Calgary Flames
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Edmonton Oilers