1992–93 NHL season

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1992–93 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 6, 1992 – June 9, 1993
Number of games 84
Number of teams 24
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Pittsburgh Penguins
Season MVP Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
Top scorer Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Montreal Canadiens
  Eastern runners-up New York Islanders
Western champions Los Angeles Kings
  Western runners-up Toronto Maple Leafs
Playoffs MVP Patrick Roy, (Montreal)
Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup champions Montreal Canadiens
  Runners-up Los Angeles Kings
NHL seasons

The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the 1992–93 regular season and playoffs to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Stanley Cup. It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game.[1] Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game. Only 68 shutouts were recorded during the regular season.[2] Twenty-one players reached the 100-point plateau and fourteen reached the 50-goal plateau.[3] The Montreal Canadiens won their league-leading 24th Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one. As of 2014, this is the last time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.

League business[edit]

Commemorative patch celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup

This was the final season of the Wales and Campbell Conferences, and the Adams, Patrick, Norris, and Smythe divisions. Both the conferences and the divisions would be renamed to reflect geography rather than the league's history for the following season. This was also the last year (until 2013 Realingment) in which the playoff structure bracketed and seeded teams by division; they would be bracketed and seeded by conference (as in the NBA) for 1993–94.

This season saw two new clubs join the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Senators were a revival of a previous NHL team of the same name and brought professional hockey back to Canada's capital, while the Tampa Bay franchise (headed by Hockey Hall of Fame brothers Phil and Tony Esposito) strengthened the NHL's presence in the U.S. Sun Belt, which had first started with the birth of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967.

This was also the final season of play for the Minnesota North Stars, before relocating to Dallas, Texas, the following season.

All teams wore a commemorative patch this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.

On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman became the first NHL Commissioner. Prior to this the title of the NHL's chief executive was "President".

Rule changes[edit]

  • Schedule length changed to 84 games. Two games in each team's schedule to be played in non-NHL cities.
  • Instigating a fight results in a game misconduct penalty.
  • Substitutions disallowed for coincidental minor penalties when teams are at full strength.
  • Minor penalty for diving introduced.

Regular season[edit]

Teemu Selänne of the Winnipeg Jets shattered the rookie scoring record by scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points this season. He was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year, and his goals and points marks remain the NHL rookie records as of 2014.

The New York Rangers missed the playoffs. This marked the first time since the President's Trophy had been introduced that the previous season's top team missed the next year's playoffs.

For the first time in his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky did not finish in the top three in scoring. A back injury limited Gretzky to 45 games in which he scored 65 points.

Final standings[edit]

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

Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 84 51 26 7 332 268 109
Quebec Nordiques 84 47 27 10 351 300 104
Montreal Canadiens 84 48 30 6 326 280 102
Buffalo Sabres 84 38 36 10 335 297 86
Hartford Whalers 84 26 52 6 284 369 58
Ottawa Senators 84 10 70 4 202 395 24

[4]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 84 56 21 7 367 268 119
Washington Capitals 84 43 34 7 325 286 93
New York Islanders 84 40 37 7 335 297 87
New Jersey Devils 84 40 37 7 308 299 87
Philadelphia Flyers 84 36 37 11 319 319 83
New York Rangers 84 34 39 11 304 308 79

[4]

Clarence Campbell Conference[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

[4]

Smythe Division
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Vancouver Canucks 84 46 29 9 101 346 278
Calgary Flames 84 43 30 11 97 322 282
Los Angeles Kings 84 39 35 10 88 338 340
Winnipeg Jets 84 40 37 7 87 322 320
Edmonton Oilers 84 26 50 8 60 242 337
San Jose Sharks 84 11 71 2 24 218 414

[4]

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup 1993 Logo.gif

Final[edit]

Montreal vs. Los Angeles[edit]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
May 28 Los Angeles 4 Montreal 1
June 3 Los Angeles 2 Montreal 3 (OT)
June 5 Montreal 4 Los Angeles 3 (OT)
June 7 Montreal 3 Los Angeles 2 (OT)
June 9 Los Angeles 1 Montreal 4

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4–1. Patrick Roy (Montreal) wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Bracket[edit]

Division semi-finals Division finals Conference finals Stanley Cup Final
                       
1 Boston 0
4 Buffalo 4
3 Montreal 4
4 Buffalo 0
2 Quebec 2
3 Montreal 4
A3 Montreal 4
Prince of Wales Conference
P3 NY Islanders 1
1 Pittsburgh 4
4 New Jersey 1
1 Pittsburgh 3
3 NY Islanders 4
2 Washington 2
3 NY Islanders 4
A3 Montreal 4
S3 Los Angeles 1
1 Chicago 0
4 St. Louis 4
3 Toronto 4
4 St. Louis 3
2 Detroit 3
3 Toronto 4
N3 Toronto 3
Clarence Campbell Conference
S3 Los Angeles 4
1 Vancouver 4
4 Winnipeg 2
1 Vancouver 2
3 Los Angeles 4
2 Calgary 2
3 Los Angeles 4

Awards[edit]

Presidents' Trophy: Pittsburgh Penguins
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Los Angeles Kings
Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets
Conn Smythe Trophy: Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Doug Gilmour, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jack Adams Award: Pat Burns, Toronto Maple Leafs
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Dave Poulin, Boston Bruins
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pierre Turgeon, New York Islanders
Lester B. Pearson Award: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Vezina Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks
Lester Patrick Trophy: Frank Boucher, Mervyn "Red" Dutton, Bruce McNall, Gil Stein

All-Star teams[edit]

First team   Position   Second team
Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks G Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks D Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins D Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins C Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres
Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets RW Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres
Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings LW Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A PTS
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 60 69 91 160
Pat LaFontaine Buffalo 84 53 95 148
Adam Oates Boston 84 45 97 142
Steve Yzerman Detroit 84 58 79 137
Teemu Selanne Winnipeg 84 76 56 132
Pierre Turgeon NY Islanders 83 58 74 132
Alexander Mogilny Buffalo 77 76 51 127
Doug Gilmour Toronto 83 32 95 127
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles 84 63 62 125
Mark Recchi Philadelphia 84 53 70 123

[4]

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Player Team GP MIN GA SO GAA
Felix Potvin Toronto 48 2781 116 2 2.50
Ed Belfour Chicago 71 4106 177 7 2.59
Tom Barrasso Pittsburgh 63 3702 186 4 3.01
Curtis Joseph St. Louis 68 3890 196 1 3.02
Kay Whitmore Vancouver 31 1817 94 1 3.10
Dominik Hasek Buffalo 28 1429 75 0 3.15
Andy Moog Boston 55 3194 168 3 3.16
Jeff Reese Calgary 26 1311 70 1 3.20
Patrick Roy Montreal 62 3595 192 2 3.20
Daren Puppa Buffalo/Toronto 32 1785 96 2 3.23

Complete list of neutral-site games[edit]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Score OT City State/Province Arena Attendance
October 13, 1992 Calgary 4 Minnesota 3 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace 8,783
October 20, 1992 Toronto 5 Ottawa 3 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum 7,186
November 3, 1992 Washington 4 Chicago 1 Indianapolis IN Market Square Arena 8,792
November 17, 1992 Quebec 3 Toronto 1 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum 17,026*
November 18, 1992 New Jersey 3 Buffalo 2 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum 6,972
December 1, 1992 Los Angeles 6 Chicago 3 Milwaukee WI Bradley Center 16,292
December 8, 1992 Montreal 5 Los Angeles 5 Phoenix AZ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 12,276
December 9, 1992 NY Rangers 6 Tampa Bay 5 Miami FL Miami Arena 12,842
December 13, 1992 NY Islanders 4 Edmonton 1 Oklahoma City OK Myriad Convention Center 11,110
December 15, 1992 St. Louis 4 NY Islanders 3 Dallas TX Reunion Arena N/A
January 4, 1993 Montréal 2 San Jose 1 Sacramento CA ARCO Arena 11,814
January 18, 1993 Winnipeg 8 Hartford 7 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace 7,756
February 8, 1993 Pittsburgh 4 Boston 0 Atlanta GA The Omni 12,572
February 8, 1993 St. Louis 3 Hartford 1 Peoria IL Carver Arena 9,013
February 16, 1993 Calgary 4 Philadelphia 4 (OT) Cincinnati OH Riverfront Coliseum 7,973
February 20, 1993 Quebec 5 Tampa Bay 2 Halifax NS Halifax Metro Centre 9,584
February 22, 1993 Detroit 5 Philadelphia 5 (OT) Cleveland OH Richfield Coliseum 13,382
February 22, 1993 NY Rangers 4 San Jose 0 Sacramento CA ARCO Arena 13,633
February 23, 1993 Winnipeg 8 Ottawa 2 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace 7,245[5]
March 1, 1993 Vancouver 5 Buffalo 2 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum 17,098*
March 11, 1993 Minnesota 4 Vancouver 3 Saskatoon SK SaskPlace 12,006*
March 16, 1993 Washington 4 Detroit 2 Milwaukee WI Bradley Center 9,836
March 16, 1993 Boston 3 New Jersey 1 Providence RI Providence Civic Center 10,864
March 21, 1993 Pittsburgh 6 Edmonton 4 Cleveland OH Richfield Coliseum 18,782*

The Hartford-St. Louis game was originally scheduled to be played on December 29, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Events and milestones[edit]

  • Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play for a major sports league in North America as she tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game on September 23, 1992, versus the St. Louis Blues.
  • The Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning were two new teams to be added to the league, bringing the league to 24 teams. Both teams would win their opening games and briefly sit atop their respective Divisions, which led to Harry Neale jokingly proclaiming before the end of Ottawa's first win that both the Senators and Lightning would reach the Stanley Cup finals in May.
  • October 1992: Gil Stein named NHL President.
  • February 1993: Gary Bettman named NHL Commissioner.
  • Record set for most 100-point scorers and most 50-goal scorers in one season.
  • February 10, 1993: In a 13-1 drubbing of the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames goaltender Jeff Reese set NHL records for most points and most assists by a goaltender in one game, with 3.
  • The 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs marked the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
  • As a part of the strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 24 regular season games in cities without a franchise. These games were seen as a litmus test for future expansion, and several of the cities chosen—Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami—were eventually indeed the sites of expansion or relocations. February 8, 1993 was the first NHL game to be played at The Omni since 1980 when the Calgary Flames played in that building in Atlanta. That city would get another NHL team in 1999, and lose it to Winnipeg after just 12 seasons. The 22 of that same month marked the first game played in Cleveland's Richfield Coliseum, the former home of the Barons, since 1978 before they folded. Ohio got a team in 2000 with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins set the NHL record for longest win streak at 17 games. Conversely, the San Jose Sharks tied the NHL record for longest losing streak at 17 games.

Major transactions[edit]

Records broken/tied[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Team[edit]
  • Most losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (71)
  • Fewest ties, one season: San Jose Sharks (2)
  • Most home losses, one season: San Jose Sharks (32)
  • Most road losses, one season: Ottawa Senators (40)
  • Fewest road wins, one season: Ottawa Senators (1)*
  • Longest winning streak: Pittsburgh Penguins (17) (All time NHL record)
  • Longest losing streak: San Jose Sharks (17)*
  • Longest road losing streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
  • Longest road winless streak: Ottawa Senators (38)
  • Most 100-or-more point scorers, one season: Pittsburgh Penguins (4)*
  • Fastest three goals from the start of period, one team: Calgary Flames (0:53, February 10, 1993)
Individual[edit]
  • Most goals, including playoffs: Wayne Gretzky (875)
  • Most 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)*
  • Most consecutive 30-goal seasons: Mike Gartner (14)
  • Most goals, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (63)
  • Most goals, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (76)
  • Most assists, one season, by a left winger: Joe Juneau (70)
  • Most assists, one season, by a rookie: Joe Juneau (70)* (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 86 assists in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
  • Most points, one season, by a left winger: Luc Robitaille (125)
  • Most points, one season, by a rookie: Teemu Selanne (132) (Note: Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his first year, but he was not considered a rookie)
  • Most assists, one game, by a goaltender: Jeff Reese (3, February 10, 1993)
  • Most games missed while winning Art Ross Trophy: Mario Lemieux (24)

Playoffs[edit]

Team[edit]
  • Most overtime games, one playoff year: 28
  • Most overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
  • Most consecutive overtime wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (10)
  • Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Montreal Canadiens (11)*
Individual[edit]
  • Most consecutive wins, one playoff year: Patrick Roy (11)*
  • Most goals by a defenceman, one game: Eric Desjardins (3, June 3, 1993)*
  • Most power-play goals, one game: Dino Ciccarelli (3, April 29, 1993)*
  • Most shorthanded goals, one game: Tom Fitzgerald (2, May 8, 1993)*
  • Most assists, one period: Adam Oates (3, April 24, 1993)*

* Equalled existing record

Debuts[edit]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992–93 (listed with their first team):

Last games[edit]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1992–93 (listed with their last team):

Trading deadline[edit]

Trading deadline: March 22, 1993.[6]

  • March 22, 1993: Mark Hardy and Ottawa's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Ottawa) traded from NY Rangers to Los Angeles for John McIntyre.
  • March 22, 1993: Jim Hrivnak and future considerations traded from Washington to Winnipeg for Rick Tabaracci.
  • March 22, 1993: Peter Taglianetti traded from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
  • March 22, 1993: Steve Konroyd traded from Hartford to Detroit for Detroit's sixth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft.
  • March 22, 1993: Vancouver's ninth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft traded from Vancouver to Winnipeg for Dan Ratushny.
  • March 22, 1993: Mike Hartman traded from Tampa Bay to New York Rangers for Randy Gilhen.
  • March 22, 1993: Murray Craven and Vancouver's fifth round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (previously acquired from Vancouver) traded from Hartford to Vancouver for Robert Kron, Vancouver's third round choice in 1993 Entry Draft and future considerations.
  • March 22, 1993: Mike Ramsey traded from Buffalo to Pittsburgh for Bob Errey.
  • March 22, 1993: Craig Muni traded from Edmonton to Chicago for Mike Hudson.

Head coaches[edit]

Head coaches of the Prince of Wales Conference[edit]

Team Coach Comments
Boston Bruins Brian Sutter
Buffalo Sabres John Muckler
Hartford Whalers Paul Holmgren
Montreal Canadiens Jacques Demers
New Jersey Devils Herb Brooks
New York Islanders Al Arbour
New York Rangers Roger Neilson Replaced midseason by Ron Smith
Ottawa Senators Rick Bowness
Philadelphia Flyers Bill Dineen
Pittsburgh Penguins Scotty Bowman
Quebec Nordiques Pierre Page
Washington Capitals Terry Murray

Head coaches of the Clarence Campbell Conference[edit]

Team Coach Comments
Calgary Flames Dave King
Chicago Blackhawks Darryl Sutter
Detroit Red Wings Bryan Murray
Edmonton Oilers Ted Green
Los Angeles Kings Barry Melrose
Minnesota North Stars Bob Gainey
St. Louis Blues Bob Plager Replaced early in the season by Bob Berry
San Jose Sharks George Kingston
Tampa Bay Lightning Terry Crisp
Toronto Maple Leafs Pat Burns
Vancouver Canucks Pat Quinn
Winnipeg Jets John Paddock

Hat tricks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Kingston, NY: Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X. 
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5. 
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9. 
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1. 
Notes
  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1993.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1993_goalies.html
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1993_leaders.html
  4. ^ a b c d e Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 154. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  5. ^ MacKinnon, John (February 24, 1993). "Jets take off on Senators". Ottawa Citizen. p. D1. 
  6. ^ NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out

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