1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 4th Campbell
1992–93 record 44–29–11
Home record 25–11–6
Road record 19–18–5
Goals for 288
Goals against 241
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Pat Burns
Captain Wendel Clark
Alternate captains Doug Gilmour
Bob Rouse
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Nikolai Borschevsky (34)
Assists Doug Gilmour (95)
Points Doug Gilmour (127)
Penalties in minutes Rob Pearson (211)
Wins Felix Potvin (25)
Goals against average Daren Puppa (2.25)
<1991–92 1993–94>

Offseason[edit]

NHL draft[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 8. Brandon Convery  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
1 23. Grant Marshall  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)

Regular season[edit]

The 1992-93 season was a triumph for the Maple Leafs. It saw them set franchise records in wins (44) and points (99). The 21-year-old goaltender Felix Potvin played his first full season with the team and was solid, with a 25-15-7 record, a GAA of 2.50, 2 shutouts, and a .910 SV%. In a season that saw 20 of 24 teams average more than 3 goals scored per game, the Maple Leafs goaltending was one of the best in the NHL, allowing only 241 goals in 84 games (only the Chicago Blackhawks allowed fewer goals than Toronto). The Maple Leafs also had a strong defense corps, anchored by Dave Ellett, Todd Gill, Sylvain Lefebvre, Jamie Macoun, Dimitri Mironov and Bob Rouse. Out of all 24 teams, the Maple Leafs allowed the fewest power-play goals in the regular season (69). Newcomers Dave Andreychuk and Daren Puppa also played very well. In just 31 games with the Leafs, Andreychuk scored 25 goals and had 13 assists for 38 points. Puppa won 6 out of 8 games, had a GAA of 2.25, 2 shutouts, and a .922 SV%. Rookie Nikolai Borschevsky led the team in goals with 34 and would score a very memorable goal in the first round of the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings; Borschevsky deflected Bob Rouse's shot 2:35 into the first overtime period of game 7 at Joe Louis Arena to give the Leafs a 4-3 win and a 4-games-to-3 series win.

Doug Gilmour[edit]

Doug Gilmour had a career year in 1992–93. He had a franchise-record 127 points during the 1992–1993 regular season and ranked eighth in league scoring.[1] In the playoffs, he played a key role as the Leafs took out the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, both in seven games. Gilmour finished the postseason with 35 points, behind only Wayne Gretzky. Gilmour was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP and won the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward, the first major NHL award that a Leaf player had won since 1967.

One of Gilmour's most memorable goals was scored during the 1993 second round playoffs series against the St. Louis Blues, in the second sudden death overtime period. Many fans remember him skating back and forth behind the St. Louis net multiple times before finally sliding the puck behind a sprawling Curtis Joseph. The Maple Leafs would go on to win the series, but would eventually be eliminated in the next round by Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. Toronto was leading the Conference series against Los Angeles 3–2 and many fans, including CBC's Don Cherry, were hoping for an all-Canadian final as the Montreal Canadiens already advanced. However, during overtime of game six, Gretzky high-sticked Gilmour, drawing blood, without being assessed a penalty by the referee, Kerry Fraser, and then scored the winning goal moments later to stave off elimination. During game seven back at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Leafs were trailing 5–3 after Gretzky completed his hat-trick. The Maple Leafs scored one goal but couldn't find the equalizer, which sent the Kings to the finals.

Season standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Chicago Blackhawks 84 47 25 12 106 279 230
Detroit Red Wings 84 47 28 9 103 369 280
Toronto Maple Leafs 84 44 29 11 99 288 241
St. Louis Blues 84 37 36 11 85 282 278
Minnesota North Stars 84 36 38 10 82 272 293
Tampa Bay Lightning 84 23 54 7 53 245 332

[2]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]

October[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
1 October 6 Washington 5 - 6 Toronto 0-1-0 0
2 October 10 Toronto 2 - 3 Calgary 0-2-0 0
3 October 11 Toronto 3 - 3 Edmonton 0-2-1 1
4 October 15 Tampa Bay 5 - 3 Toronto 1-2-1 3
5 October 17 Chicago 4 - 3 Toronto 2-2-1 5
6 October 18 Minnesota 1 - 5 Toronto 2-3-1 5
7 October 20 Ottawa 3 - 5 Toronto1 3-3-1 7
8 October 22 Toronto 5 - 2 Tampa Bay 4-3-1 9
9 October 24 San Jose 5 - 1 Toronto 5-3-1 11
10 October 28 Buffalo 4 - 4 Toronto 5-3-2 12
11 October 30 Toronto 1 - 7 Detroit 5-4-2 12
12 October 31 Detroit 3 - 1 Toronto 6-4-2 14

1 Played at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.

November[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
13 November 5 Toronto 0 - 1 Chicago 6-5-2 14
14 November 7 Pittsburgh 4 - 2 Toronto 7-5-2 16
15 November 9 Toronto 3 - 1 Ottawa 8-5-2 18
16 November 14 Toronto 4 - 1 Boston 9-5-2 20
17 November 16 St. Louis 2 - 2 Toronto OT 9-5-3 21
18 November 17 Toronto 1 - 3 Quebec1 9-6-3 21
19 November 19 Toronto 2 - 0 San Jose 10-6-3 23
20 November 21 Toronto 4 - 6 Los Angeles 10-7-3 23
21 November 24 Tampa Bay 2 - 3 Toronto 10-8-3 23
22 November 26 Quebec 4 - 5 Toronto OT 10-9-3 23
23 November 28 Los Angeles 3 - 2 Toronto 11-9-3 25

1 Played at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.

December[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
24 December 1 Toronto 3 - 8 New Jersey 11-10-3 25
25 December 3 Toronto 3 - 4 Chicago 11-11-3 25
26 December 5 Chicago 2 - 2 Toronto OT 11-11-4 26
27 December 6 Toronto 0 - 6 N.Y. Rangers 11-12-4 26
28 December 9 Detroit 5 - 3 Toronto 12-12-4 28
29 December 11 Calgary 3 - 6 Toronto 12-13-4 28
30 December 15 Toronto 5 - 6 Minnesota 12-14-4 28
31 December 19 Ottawa 5 - 1 Toronto 13-14-4 30
32 December 20 Toronto 4 - 5 Buffalo 13-15-4 30
33 December 22 Toronto 4 - 4 Detroit OT 13-15-5 31
34 December 26 Detroit 1 - 5 Toronto 13-16-5 31
35 December 27 Toronto 6 - 3 St. Louis 14-16-5 33
36 December 29 Toronto 3 - 2 N.Y. Islanders 15-16-5 35
37 December 31 Toronto 3 - 3 Pittsburgh OT 15-16-6 36

January[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
38 January 2 St. Louis 2 - 2 Toronto OT 15-16-7 37
39 January 4 Toronto 4 - 2 Detroit 16-16-7 39
40 January 6 Vancouver 2 - 5 Toronto 16-17-7 39
41 January 8 San Jose 5 - 1 Toronto 17-17-7 41
42 January 9 Toronto 5 - 4 Montreal 18-17-7 43
43 January 11 Tampa Bay 4 - 2 Toronto 19-17-7 45
44 January 13 St. Louis 4 - 3 Toronto 20-17-7 47
45 January 16 Chicago 3 - 5 Toronto 20-18-7 47
46 January 17 Toronto 3 - 5 Chicago 20-19-7 47
47 January 19 Toronto 5 - 1 St. Louis 21-19-7 49
48 January 21 Toronto 6 - 1 Tampa Bay 22-19-7 51
49 January 23 Montreal 4 - 0 Toronto 23-19-7 53
50 January 26 Minnesota 1 - 2 Toronto 23-20-7 53
51 January 30 N.Y. Rangers 3 - 1 Toronto 24-20-7 55

February[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
52 February 1 Toronto 1 - 1 St. Louis OT 24-20-8 56
53 February 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 - 3 Toronto 24-21-8 56
54 February 9 Toronto 1 - 3 Tampa Bay 24-22-8 56
55 February 11 Vancouver 5 - 2 Toronto 25-22-8 58
56 February 13 Minnesota 6 - 1 Toronto 26-22-8 60
57 February 14 Toronto 6 - 5 Minnesota 27-22-8 62
58 February 17 Calgary 4 - 2 Toronto 28-22-8 64
59 February 19 Tampa Bay 4 - 1 Toronto 29-22-8 66
60 February 20 Boston 4 - 4 Toronto OT 29-22-9 67
61 February 22 Toronto 8 - 1 Vancouver 30-22-9 69
62 February 25 Toronto 5 - 0 San Jose 31-22-9 71
63 February 27 Toronto 5 - 2 Los Angeles 32-22-9 73

March[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
64 March 3 Minnesota 3 - 1 Toronto 33-22-9 75
65 March 5 Toronto 1 - 5 Detroit 33-23-9 75
66 March 6 Winnipeg 4 - 2 Toronto 34-23-9 77
67 March 9 Toronto 1 - 3 Washington 34-24-9 77
68 March 10 Hartford 5 - 3 Toronto 35-24-9 79
69 March 12 Tampa Bay 8 - 2 Toronto 36-24-9 81
70 March 15 Toronto 2 - 4 Quebec 36-25-9 81
71 March 18 Toronto 4 - 2 Tampa Bay 37-25-9 83
72 March 20 Edmonton 4 - 2 Toronto 38-25-9 85
73 March 23 Toronto 5 - 4 Winnipeg 39-25-9 87
74 March 25 Toronto 3 - 3 Minnesota OT 39-25-10 88
75 March 27 Toronto 6 - 2 Edmonton 40-25-10 90
76 March 28 Toronto 4 - 0 Calgary 41-25-10 92
77 March 31 Los Angeles 5 - 5 Toronto OT 41-25-11 93

April[edit]

Game # Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Points
78 April 3 New Jersey 1 - 0 Toronto 42-25-11 95
79 April 4 Toronto 0 - 4 Philadelphia 42-26-11 95
80 April 8 Toronto 3 - 5 Winnipeg 42-27-11 95
81 April 10 Philadelphia 0 - 4 Toronto 42-28-11 95
82 April 11 Toronto 4 - 2 Hartford 43-28-11 97
83 April 13 St. Louis 2 - 1 Toronto OT 44-28-11 99
84 April 15 Toronto 2 - 3 Chicago 44-29-11 99

Playoffs[edit]

Detroit vs. Toronto[edit]

In a revival of the heated Original Six rivalry, Nikolai Borschevsky's Game 7 overtime goal gave Toronto the series. This was also Toronto's first playoff win over Detroit since the Leafs beat the Wings in the full seven games back in the 1964 Stanley Cup finals.

  • April 19 - Toronto 3 Detroit 6
  • April 21 - Toronto 2 Detroit 6
  • April 23 - Detroit 2 Toronto 4
  • April 25 - Detroit 2 Toronto 3
  • April 27 - Toronto 5 Detroit 4 (OT)
  • April 29 - Detroit 7 Toronto 3
  • May 1 - Toronto 4 Detroit 3 (OT)

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4–3

Norris Division Final: Toronto vs. St. Louis[edit]

The Maple Leafs defeated the Blues in seven games to win the Norris Division playoffs, despite Blues' goaltender Curtis Joseph's efforts. The Blues were heavily outshot throughout the series including more than 60 shots in game one alone. Game 7 was the first to be played at Maple Leaf Gardens since the 1964 Finals when Andy Bathgate scored the cup clinching goal.

  • May 3 - St. Louis 1 Toronto 2 (2OT)
  • May 5 - St. Louis 2 Toronto 1 (2OT)
  • May 7 - Toronto 3 St. Louis 4
  • May 9 - Toronto 4 St. Louis 1
  • May 11 - St. Louis 1 Toronto 5
  • May 13 - Toronto 1 St. Louis 2
  • May 15 - St. Louis 0 Toronto 6

Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4–3

Conference finals[edit]

This exciting and very heated seven-game series has long been remembered by hockey fans. The Toronto Maple Leafs iced a highly competitive team for the first time in years and were hoping to break their 26-year Stanley Cup drought; they had not even been to the Final since their last Cup win in 1967. The Los Angeles Kings, led by captain Wayne Gretzky, also had high ambitions. During Game 1 (a dominating victory for the Leafs) Los Angeles blue-liner Marty McSorley delivered a serious open ice hit on Toronto's Doug Gilmour. Leafs captain Wendel Clark took exception to the hit and went after McSorley for striking their star player. Toronto coach Pat Burns tried scaling the bench to get at Los Angeles coach Barry Melrose because he thought he ordered the hit on Gilmour (McSorley later remarked in interviews that he received dozens of death threat messages on his hotel phone from angry fans). Toronto would take a 3–2 series lead after five games. Game 6 went back west to the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles; it too was not without controversy and was also decided on an overtime goal. During the 1992–93 season, there was a league-wide crackdown on high-sticking infractions, whether they were accidental or not. In Game 6, Gilmour was part of controversy once again. With the game tied at 4 in overtime, Wayne Gretzky clipped him in the face with the blade of his stick, drawing blood. Many thought that referee Kerry Fraser should have called a penalty on the play, but Gretzky was not penalized, and he went on to score the overtime goal moments later, evening the series at 3–3. He would score three goals in the deciding game to give Los Angeles a berth in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history and also the first time the Kings win a playoff series against an Original Six team. Gretzky has been quoted as saying that his performance in Game 7 was the best NHL game of his career. [1]

  • May 17 - Los Angeles 1 Toronto 4
  • May 19 - Los Angeles 3 Toronto 2
  • May 21 - Toronto 2 Los Angeles 4
  • May 23 - Toronto 4 Los Angeles 2
  • May 25 - Los Angeles 2 Toronto 3 (OT)
  • May 27 - Toronto 4 Los Angeles 5 (OT)
  • May 29 - Los Angeles 5 Toronto 4

Los Angeles wins best-of-seven series 4–3.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour 83 32 95 127 100 32 15 3 2
Borschevsky, NikolaiNikolai Borschevsky 78 34 40 74 28 33 12 0 4
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson 76 22 43 65 117 19 11 0 3
Gill, ToddTodd Gill 69 11 32 43 66 4 5 0 2
Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen 47 13 28 41 53 -8 10 0 1
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett 70 6 34 40 46 19 4 0 1
Krushelnyski, MikeMike Krushelnyski 84 19 20 39 62 3 6 2 3
Clark, WendelWendel Clark 66 17 22 39 193 2 2 0 5
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk 31 25 13 38 8 12 12 0 2
Pearson, RobRob Pearson 78 23 14 37 211 -2 8 0 3
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel 70 12 23 35 24 0 0 0 4
Mironov, DmitriDmitri Mironov 59 7 24 31 40 -1 4 0 1
Osborne, MarkMark Osborne 76 12 14 26 89 -7 0 2 2
Berehowsky, DrakeDrake Berehowsky 41 4 15 19 61 1 1 0 1
Macoun, JamieJamie Macoun 77 4 15 19 55 3 2 0 1
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain 66 14 4 18 30 -18 1 1 3
Foligno, MikeMike Foligno 55 13 5 18 84 2 5 0 2
Berg, BillBill Berg 58 7 8 15 54 -1 0 1 2
Rouse, BobBob Rouse 82 3 11 14 130 7 0 1 1
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre 81 2 12 14 90 8 0 0 0
Sacco, JoeJoe Sacco 23 4 4 8 8 -4 0 0 0
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood 12 1 6 7 21 -2 0 0 0
Manderville, KentKent Manderville 18 1 1 2 17 -9 0 0 1
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner 63 1 0 1 155 -11 0 0 0
McGill, BobBob McGill 19 1 0 1 34 5 0 0 0
Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin 48 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larose, GuyGuy Larose 9 0 0 0 8 -3 0 0 0
McRae, KenKen McRae 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Puppa, DarenDaren Puppa 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon 16 0 0 0 11 -5 0 0 0
Tomlinson, DaveDave Tomlinson 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin 2781 48 25 15 7 116 2.50 2 1286 1170 .910
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 1665 29 13 9 4 87 3.14 1 826 739 .895
Puppa, DarenDaren Puppa 479 8 6 2 0 18 2.25 2 232 214 .922
Wamsley, RickRick Wamsley 160 3 0 3 0 15 5.63 0 91 76 .835
Team: 5085 84 44 29 11 236 2.78 5 2435 2199 .903

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour 21 10 25 35 30 4 0 1
Clark, WendelWendel Clark 21 10 10 20 51 2 0 1
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk 21 12 7 19 35 4 0 3
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson 21 7 11 18 31 0 0 2
Ellett, DaveDave Ellett 21 4 8 12 8 2 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse 21 3 8 11 29 1 0 1
Gill, ToddTodd Gill 21 1 10 11 26 0 0 0
Krushelnyski, MikeMike Krushelnyski 16 3 7 10 8 1 0 0
Borschevsky, NikolaiNikolai Borschevsky 16 2 7 9 0 0 0 1
Foligno, MikeMike Foligno 18 2 6 8 42 1 0 2
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre 21 3 3 6 20 0 0 0
Macoun, JamieJamie Macoun 21 0 6 6 36 0 0 0
Cullen, JohnJohn Cullen 12 2 3 5 0 1 0 0
Pearson, RobRob Pearson 14 2 2 4 31 0 0 0
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel 20 2 1 3 6 0 0 0
Eastwood, MikeMike Eastwood 10 1 2 3 8 0 0 0
Mironov, DmitriDmitri Mironov 14 1 2 3 2 1 0 0
Berg, BillBill Berg 21 1 1 2 18 0 0 0
Osborne, MarkMark Osborne 19 1 1 2 16 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Manderville, KentKent Manderville 18 1 0 1 8 0 0 0
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin 21 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Puppa, DarenDaren Puppa 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Potvin, FelixFelix Potvin 1308 21 11 10 62 2.84 1 636 574 .903
Puppa, DarenDaren Puppa 20 1 0 0 1 3.00 0 7 6 .857
Team: 1328 21 11 10 63 2.85 1 643 580 .902

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1992-93 season.

Trades[edit]

July 20, 1992 To Ottawa Senators
Brad Marsh
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Future Considerations
July 21, 1992 To Quebec Nordiques
Len Esau
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ken McRae
August 20, 1992 To Montreal Canadiens
3rd round pick in 1994 - Martin Belanger
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Sylvain Lefebvre
November 24, 1992 To Hartford Whalers
2nd round pick in 1993 - Vlastimil Kroupa
To Toronto Maple Leafs
John Cullen
February 2, 1993 To Buffalo Sabres
Grant Fuhr
5th round pick in 1995 - Kevin Popp
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Andreychuk
Darren Puppa
1st round pick in 1993 - Kenny Jonsson
February 25, 1993 To Ottawa Senators
9th round pick in 1993 - Pavol Demitra
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Miller

Waivers[edit]

September 9, 1992 From Tampa Bay Lightning
Bob McGill
December 3, 1992 From New York Islanders
Bill Berg

Expansion Draft[edit]

June 24, 1993 To Florida Panthers
Darren Puppa
June 24, 1993 To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Joe Sacco

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Rudy Poeschek Winnipeg Jets
Player New Team
Andrew McKim Boston Bruins
Mark Ferner Ottawa Senators
Ric Nattress Philadelphia Flyers

Awards and records[edit]

  • Pat Burns, Jack Adams Trophy.
  • Doug Gilmour, Selke Trophy.
  • Doug Gilmour, Molson Cup (most game star selections for Toronto Maple Leafs).
  • Doug Gilmour, franchise record, most points in one season, 127 points.[4]
  • Doug Gilmour, franchise record, most points by a centre in one season, 127 points.[4]
  • Doug Gilmour, franchise record, most assists in one season, 95 assists.[4]
  • Doug Gilmour, most assists in one game (6), Toronto club record.

Farm Teams[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ NHL Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 166.
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 154. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b c NHL Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 131.

Bibliography[edit]

  • National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, senior managing editor: Ralph Dinger, published in Canada by Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.

External links[edit]