1997–98 NHL season
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 1, 1997 – June 16, 1998|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||26|
|Presidents' Trophy||Dallas Stars|
|Season MVP||Dominik Hasek (Buffalo)|
|Top scorer||Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh)|
|Eastern champions||Washington Capitals|
|Eastern runners-up||Buffalo Sabres|
|Western champions||Detroit Red Wings|
|Western runners-up||Dallas Stars|
|Playoffs MVP||Steve Yzerman (Detroit)|
|Stanley Cup champions||Detroit Red Wings|
The 1997–98 NHL season was the 81st regular season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who swept the Washington Capitals in four games. This is the last time that both NBA and NHL regular seasons ended on the same day.
- 1 League business
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Awards
- 5 Player statistics
- 6 Milestones
- 7 Trading deadline
- 8 Hat Tricks
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
This was the first season for the Carolina Hurricanes, who were previously known as the Hartford Whalers. The Hurricanes played their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum, a temporary home while awaiting the construction of their permanent home arena in Raleigh. They would remain in the Northeast Division. It was the last time for 14 years a NHL team would move.
The controversial "FoxTrax" puck system was last used this season as well. In August 1998, the NHL signed a five-year, $600 million rights agreement with ABC Sports/ESPN. FOX elected not to use the system in the subsequent "lame duck" season.
This was the last season the Toronto Maple Leafs were in the Western Conference.
This was the last season of the four-division quasi-geographic alignment inherited from the traditional Adams/Patrick/Norris/Smythe set. The league would change the following season to a six-division, more purely geographic alignment.
For the 1st time since 1968-69 season, the Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs.
The all-time record for most shutouts in a season, set at 127 just a year earlier, was broken again as 160 shutouts were recorded, 13 of which were earned by Dominik Hasek, who set a league record with eleven teams blanked. He zeroed the New York Rangers three times, and Los Angeles, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Boston, Calgary, Washington, Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Edmonton once each. Only two teams, the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings, averaged more than three goals scored per game. In addition, only one player, Jaromir Jagr, reached the 100-point plateau during the regular season.
Jari Kurri reached 600 goals in his career, finishing with 601.
Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts =Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
Stanley Cup Final
The 1998 Stanley Cup Final was played in the 105th year of the Stanley Cup. The series was played between the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals. The Red Wings were led by Captain Steve Yzerman, Coach Scotty Bowman, and Goalie Chris Osgood. The Capitals were led by Captain Dale Hunter, Coach Ron Wilson, and Goalie Olaf Kolzig. Detroit swept the series in four games and Steve Yzerman won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
|June 9||Washington||1 – 2||Detroit|
|June 11||Washington||4 – 5||Detroit||OT|
|June 13||Detroit||2 – 1||Washington|
|June 16||Detroit||4 – 1||Washington|
|Detroit wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley cup|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|5||Los Angeles||0||4||St. Louis||2|
- During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.
The NHL Awards took place in Toronto, Ontario
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey||70||4128||130||10||1.89|
|Jamie McLennan||St. Louis||30||1658||60||2||2.17|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1997–98 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Joe Thornton, Boston Bruins
- Sergei Samsonov, Boston Bruins
- Derek Morris, Calgary Flames
- Olli Jokinen, Los Angeles Kings
- Brendan Morrison, New Jersey Devils
- Sheldon Souray, New Jersey Devils
- Zdeno Chara, New York Islanders
- Marc Savard, New York Rangers
- Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators
- Marian Hossa, Ottawa Senators
- Danny Briere, Phoenix Coyotes
- Aleksey Morozov, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Marco Sturm, San Jose Sharks
- Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
- Pavel Kubina, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Danny Markov, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver Canucks
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1997–98 (listed with their last team):
- Brent Sutter, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jari Kurri, Colorado Avalanche
- Slava Fetisov, Detroit Red Wings
- Kevin Lowe, Edmonton Oilers
- Andy Moog, Montreal Canadiens
- Bruce Driver, New York Rangers
- Pat LaFontaine, New York Rangers
- Joel Otto, Philadelphia Flyers
- Michel Petit, Phoenix Coyotes
- Mike Gartner, Phoenix Coyotes
- Al Iafrate, San Jose Sharks
- Kelly Hrudey, San Jose Sharks
- Jeff Brown, Washington Capitals
- Bob Errey, New York Rangers
- Brian Bradley, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Randy Burridge, Buffalo Sabres
- Jim Johnson, Phoenix Coyotes
- Todd Krygier, Washington Capitals
- Norm Maciver, Phoenix Coyotes
- Troy Mallette, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Craig Muni, Dallas Stars
- Yves Racine, Tampa Bay Lightning
- David Shaw, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Darrin Shannon, Phoenix Coyotes
- Mick Vukota, Montreal Canadiens
- Craig Wolanin, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jocelyn Lemieux, Phoenix Coyotes
- John Druce, Philadelphia Flyers
- Peter Douris, Dallas Stars
- Mike Peluso, New York Rangers
- Dennis Vial, Ottawa Senators
- Trading Deadline: MARCH 24, 1998 
- March 24, 1998: D David Babych traded from Vancouver to Philadelphia for Philadelphia’s third round pick in 1998 Entry Draft. Vancouver also returns the conditional pick previously acquired from Philadelphia in the Mike Sillinger trade dated Feb. 5, 1998.
- March 24, 1998: D Dmitri Mironov traded from Anaheim to Detroit for D Jamie Pushor and Detroit’s fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: G Kirk McLean traded from Carolina to Florida for RW Ray Sheppard.
- March 24, 1998: D Jeff Brown traded from Toronto to Washington for D Sylvain Cote.
- March 24, 1998: RW Jason Dawe traded from Buffalo to NY Islanders for D Jason Holland and LW Paul Kruse.
- March 24, 1998: D Dan McGillis and Edmonton’s second round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Edmonton to Philadelphia for D Janne Niinimaa.
- March 24, 1998: C Mark Janssens traded from NY Islanders to Phoenix for Phoenix’s ninth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: LW Warren Rychel and a conditional pick in 1999 Entry Draft traded from Anaheim to Colorado for C Josef Marha.
- March 24, 1998: C Sean Pronger traded from Anaheim to Pittsburgh for the rights to G Patrick Lalime.
- March 24, 1998: D Todd Gill traded from San Jose to St. Louis for RW Joe Murphy.
- March 24, 1998: RW Andrei Nazarov and future considerations traded from San Jose to Tampa Bay for D Bryan Marchment, D David Shaw and a conditional exchange of first round picks in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: C Mike Eastwood traded from NY Rangers to St. Louis for C Harry York.
- March 24, 1998: RW Mike Kennedy traded from Toronto to Dallas for Dallas’ eighth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: RW Sandy McCarthy, Calgary’s third round pick in 1998 Entry Draft and a fifth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Calgary to Tampa Bay for LW Jason Wiemer.
- March 24, 1998: RW Todd Harvey, LW Bob Errey and a fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft traded from Dallas to NY Rangers for C Brian Skrudland, RW Mike Keane and a conditional pick in either the 1998 or 1999 Entry Draft.
- March 24, 1998: RW Tom Fitzgerald traded from Florida to Colorado for the rights to LW Mark Parrish and Anaheim’s third round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
- March 24, 1998: D Rich Brennan traded from San Jose to NY Rangers for G Jason Muzzatti.
- March 24, 1998: D Ryan Risidore traded from Chicago to NY Rangers for RW Ryan Vandenbussche.
- March 24, 1998: D Jamie Macoun traded from Toronto to Detroit for Tampa Bay’s fourth round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (previously acquired)
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- 1997 NHL Entry Draft
- 48th National Hockey League All-Star Game
- National Hockey League All-Star Game
- NHL All-Rookie Team
- Ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics
- 1997 in sports
- 1998 in sports
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