1999–2000 NHL season

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1999–2000 NHL season
Millennium patch celebrating the year 2000
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 1, 1999 – June 10, 2000
Number of games 82
Number of teams 28
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy St. Louis Blues
Season MVP Chris Pronger (St. Louis)
Top scorer Jaromir Jagr (Penguins)
Playoffs
Eastern champions New Jersey Devils
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia Flyers
Western champions Dallas Stars
  Western runners-up Colorado Avalanche
Playoffs MVP Scott Stevens (New Jersey)
Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup champions New Jersey Devils
  Runners-up Dallas Stars
NHL seasons

The 1999–2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams each played 82 games. This was the first season played in which teams were awarded a point for an overtime loss. The New Jersey Devils defeated the defending champion Dallas Stars for their second Stanley Cup championship. During the regular season, no player reached the 100-point plateau - the first time this had happened in a non-lockout season since the 1967-68 NHL season. Also, in the playoffs, the New Jersey Devils overcame a 3-games-to-1 deficit against the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Eastern Conference Finals. This was the first time that this had happened this late in the playoffs also since the 1967-68 season.

League business[edit]

Throughout the regular season and playoffs, teams wore a patch celebrating the turn of the millennium (see above). Starting in the 1999–2000 season, teams would get one point for an overtime loss in the regular season instead of zero. It was hoped that this change would stop teams from playing very defensively during the overtime in an effort to guarantee the single point from a tie. The number of ties had been going up for some years and the NHL was hoping to counter this trend, and in fact did so quite successfully with this rule change.[1]

This season was also the start of the NHL's partnership with ABC, who would televise a few regional games every season, as well as games three through seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. ESPN, who with the ABC deal renewed their contract with the NHL, continued to show regular season and playoff games as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Wayne Gretzky's jersey number, 99 was retired league-wide on February 6, 2000.

1999–2000 was the inaugural season for the Atlanta Thrashers. They would join the Southeast Division, marking the return of the NHL to Atlanta, Georgia since the Atlanta Flames moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1980. It was also the first year for the Carolina Hurricanes' home rink, the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, the Los Angeles Kings played their first season at the Staples Center after 32 seasons at the Great Western Forum, and the Colorado Avalanche played their first season at the Pepsi Center.

A new award, the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award, was introduced this season for the goaltender with the best save percentage.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PIM Pts
1 1 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 22 12 3 237 179 1233 105
2 4 New Jersey Devils 82 45 24 8 5 251 203 1313 103
3 7 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 37 31 8 6 241 236 1221 88
4 11 New York Rangers 82 29 38 12 3 218 246 916 73
5 13 New York Islanders 82 24 33 19 6 194 275 1376 58


Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PIM Pts
1 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 27 7 3 246 222 1103 100
2 6 Ottawa Senators 82 41 28 11 2 244 210 850 95
3 8 Buffalo Sabres 82 35 32 11 4 213 204 1173 85
4 10 Montreal Canadiens 82 35 34 9 4 196 194 1067 83
5 11 Boston Bruins 82 24 33 19 6 210 248 865 73


Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PIM Pts
1 2 Washington Capitals 82 44 24 12 2 227 194 994 102
2 5 Florida Panthers 82 43 27 6 6 244 209 1329 98
3 9 Carolina Hurricanes 82 37 35 10 0 217 216 799 84
4 14 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 19 47 9 7 204 310 1733 54
5 15 Atlanta Thrashers 82 14 57 7 4 170 313 1422 39

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL=Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM=Penalties in Minutes; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Western Conference[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PIM Pts
1 1 St. Louis Blues 82 51 19 11 1 248 165 1139 114
2 4 Detroit Red Wings 82 48 22 10 2 278 210 1014 108
3 11 Chicago Blackhawks 82 33 37 10 2 242 245 1444 78
4 13 Nashville Predators 82 28 40 7 7 199 240 946 70


Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PIM Pts
1 3 Colorado Avalanche 82 42 28 11 1 233 201 1118 96
2 7 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 26 16 8 226 212 1344 88
3 10 Vancouver Canucks 82 30 29 15 8 227 237 1047 83
4 12 Calgary Flames 82 31 36 10 5 211 256 1267 77


Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PIM Pts
1 2 Dallas Stars 82 43 23 10 6 211 184 1029 102
2 5 Los Angeles Kings 82 39 27 12 4 245 228 1313 94
3 6 Phoenix Coyotes 82 39 31 8 4 232 228 940 90
4 8 San Jose Sharks 82 35 30 10 7 225 214 1292 87
5 9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 34 33 12 3 217 227 926 83

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Playoffs[edit]

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Two upsets occurred in the first round as seventh-place Pittsburgh defeated the second-place Washington Capitals in five games and eighth-place San Jose defeated the first-place St. Louis Blues in seven games. Both Pittsburgh and San Jose lost in the second round to end their seasons. In the East, fourth-place New Jersey Devils defeated fifth-place Florida Panthers, third-place Toronto Maple Leafs and first-place Philadelphia Flyers to advance to the final. In the West, the second-place Dallas Stars defeated the seventh-place Edmonton Oilers, eighth-place San Jose Sharks and the third-place Colorado Avalanche to advance to the final.

Final[edit]

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Dallas Stars four games to two to win the Stanley Cup. Scott Stevens of New Jersey was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' most valuable player.

New Jersey (4) vs. Dallas (2)
Date Away Score Home OT
May 30 Dallas 3 – 7 New Jersey
June 1 Dallas 2 – 1 New Jersey
June 3 New Jersey 2 – 1 Dallas
June 5 New Jersey 3 – 1 Dallas
June 8 Dallas 1 – 0 New Jersey 3OT
June 10 New Jersey 2 – 1 Dallas 2OT

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Final
                                     
1  Philadelphia 4     1  Philadelphia 4  
8  Buffalo 1     7  Pittsburgh 2  


2  Washington 1 Eastern Conference
7  Pittsburgh 4  
    1  Philadelphia 3  
  4  New Jersey 4  
3  Toronto 4  
6  Ottawa 2  
4  New Jersey 4   3  Toronto 2
5  Florida 0     4  New Jersey 4  


  E4  New Jersey 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2  Dallas 2
1  St. Louis 3     2  Dallas 4
8  San Jose 4     8  San Jose 1  
2  Dallas 4
7  Edmonton 1  
  2  Dallas 4
  3  Colorado 3  
3  Colorado 4  
6  Phoenix 1   Western Conference
4  Detroit 4   3  Colorado 4
5  Los Angeles 0     4  Detroit 1  
  • 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.

Awards[edit]

Presidents' Trophy: St. Louis Blues
Prince of Wales Trophy: New Jersey Devils
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Dallas Stars
Art Ross Trophy: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Ken Daneyko, New Jersey Devils
Calder Memorial Trophy: Scott Gomez, New Jersey Devils
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
Hart Memorial Trophy: Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
Conn Smythe Trophy: Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
Jack Adams Award: Joel Quenneville, St. Louis Blues
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Curtis Joseph, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavol Demitra, St. Louis Blues
Lester B. Pearson Award: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Lester Patrick Trophy: Mario Lemieux, Craig Patrick, Lou Vairo
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Ed Belfour, Dallas Stars
Vezina Trophy: Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals
William M. Jennings Trophy: Roman Turek, St. Louis Blues

All-Star teams[edit]

First team   Position   Second team
Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals G Roman Turek, St. Louis Blues
Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues D Rob Blake, Los Angeles Kings
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Eric Desjardins, Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings C Mike Modano, Dallas Stars
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
Brendan Shanahan, Detroit Red Wings LW Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins 63 42 54 96
Pavel Bure Florida Panthers 74 58 36 94
Mark Recchi Philadelphia Flyers 82 28 63 91
Paul Kariya Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 74 42 44 86
Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 79 33 52 85
Owen Nolan San Jose Sharks 78 44 40 84
Tony Amonte Chicago Blackhawks 82 43 41 84
Mike Modano Dallas Stars 77 38 43 81
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 60 28 53 81
Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings 78 35 44 79

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min - Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts

Player Team GP MIN GA GAA W L T SO
Brian Boucher Philadelphia Flyers 35 2038 65 1.91 20 10 3 4
Roman Turek St. Louis Blues 67 3960 129 1.95 42 15 9 7
Ed Belfour Dallas Stars 62 3620 127 2.10 32 21 7 4
Jose Theodore Montreal Canadiens 30 1655 58 2.10 12 13 2 5
John Vanbiesbrouck Philadelphia Flyers 50 2950 108 2.20 25 15 9 3
Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres 35 2066 76 2.21 15 11 6 3
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 72 4312 161 2.24 43 20 8 6
Patrick Roy Colorado Avalanche 63 3704 141 2.28 32 21 8 2
Tommy Salo Edmonton Oilers 70 4164 162 2.33 27 28 13 2
Patrick Lalime Ottawa Senators 63 2038 79 2.33 19 14 3 3

Source: 2001 NHL Yearbook

Milestones[edit]

Debuts[edit]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1999–2000 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games[edit]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1999–2000 (listed with their last team):

Trading deadline[edit]

Trading deadline: March 14, 2000.[2]

Hat Tricks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5. 
  • 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. 
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