2001–02 NHL season
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 3, 2001 – June 13, 2002|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|Presidents' Trophy||Detroit Red Wings|
|Season MVP||Jose Theodore (Montreal)|
|Top scorer||Jarome Iginla (Calgary)|
|Eastern champions||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Eastern runners-up||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Western champions||Detroit Red Wings|
|Western runners-up||Colorado Avalanche|
|Playoffs MVP||Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit)|
|Stanley Cup champions||Detroit Red Wings|
The 2001–02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who won the best of seven series 4–1 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
League business 
The cash-strapped Pittsburgh Penguins, desperate to dump payroll, could no longer afford perennial superstar Jaromir Jagr. He would be traded, along with Frantisek Kucera, to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Ross Lupaschuk, Michal Sivek and $4.9 million. Despite Mario Lemieux's return last season, the absence of Jagr proved devastating to the Penguins, and they missed the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. They would continue to miss the playoffs until the Sidney Crosby era began.
The NHL honored the victims of 9/11 by having all players wear a patch on their jerseys, a ribbon sticker on the back of their helmet, as well as a red, white and blue ribbon painted on the ice behind each net. On September 20, 2001, in the middle of a pre-season game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers with both teams tied up 2-2, 9 days after the attacks, the game was stopped. A message from United States President George W. Bush about the 9/11 attacks was broadcast on the arena video screen. After the message, the game did not resume and was declared a 2-2 tie.
Regular season 
For the second time in three seasons, no player reached the 100-point plateau.
Final standings 
The Detroit Red Wings placed first in the league standings, and received home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. This is the first season that the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers both missed the playoffs.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
|2||5||New York Islanders||82||42||28||8||4||239||220||96|
|3||6||New Jersey Devils||82||41||28||9||4||205||187||95|
|4||11||New York Rangers||82||36||38||4||4||227||258||80|
|2||4||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||43||25||10||4||249||207||100|
|3||13||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||27||40||11||4||178||219||69|
Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.
|1||Z- Boston Bruins||NE||82||43||24||6||9||236||201||101|
|2||Y- Philadelphia Flyers||AT||82||42||27||10||3||234||192||97|
|3||Y- Carolina Hurricanes||SE||82||35||26||16||5||217||217||91|
|4||X- Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||43||25||10||4||249||207||100|
|5||X- New York Islanders||AT||82||42||28||8||4||239||220||96|
|6||X- New Jersey Devils||AT||82||41||28||9||4||205||187||95|
|7||X- Ottawa Senators||NE||82||39||27||9||7||243||208||94|
|8||X- Montreal Canadiens||NE||82||36||31||12||3||207||209||87|
|11||New York Rangers||AT||82||36||38||4||4||227||258||80|
|13||Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||27||40||11||4||178||219||69|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot
|1||1||Detroit Red Wings||82||51||17||10||4||251||187||116|
|2||4||St. Louis Blues||82||43||27||8||4||227||188||98|
|5||15||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||22||47||8||5||164||255||57|
|1||3||San Jose Sharks||82||44||27||8||3||248||189||99|
|3||7||Los Angeles Kings||82||40||27||11||4||214||190||95|
|5||13||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||82||29||42||8||3||175||198||69|
Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.
The Final was contested by the Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings and the Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes. It was Detroit's twenty-second appearance in the Final, their last appearance being a win in 1998. It was Carolina's first appearance in the Final in franchise history. Detroit defeated Carolina in five games to win their tenth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.
Playoff bracket 
|Conference Quarterfinals||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
- 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 presentation took place in Toronto.
All-Star teams 
Player statistics 
Scoring leaders 
Note: GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points
|Pavol Demitra||St. Louis||82||35||43||78|
Leading goaltenders 
Note: GP = Games played; Min - Minutes Played; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts
|Patrick Roy||Colorado Avalanche||63||3773||122||1.94||32||23||8||9|
|Roman Cechmanek||Philadelphia Flyers||46||2603||89||2.05||24||13||6||4|
|Marty Turco||Dallas Stars||31||1519||53||2.09||15||6||2||2|
|Jose Theodore||Montreal Canadiens||67||3864||136||2.11||30||24||10||7|
|J.S. Giguere||Anaheim Mighty Ducks||53||3127||111||2.13||20||25||6||4|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||73||4347||156||2.15||38||26||9||4|
|Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings||65||3872||140||2.17||41||15||8||5|
|Brent Johnson||St. Louis Blues||58||3491||127||2.18||34||20||4||5|
|Byron Dafoe||Boston Bruins||64||3827||141||2.21||35||26||3||4|
|Martin Biron||Buffalo Sabres||72||4085||151||2.22||31||28||10||4|
Source: 2003 NHL Yearbook
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2001–02 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
- Ilya Bryzgalov, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Dany Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers
- Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers
- Ales Kotalik, Buffalo Sabres
- Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo Sabres
- Erik Cole, Carolina Hurricanes
- Tyler Arnason, Chicago Blackhawks
- Radim Vrbata, Colorado Avalanche
- Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
- Sean Avery, Detroit Red Wings
- Kristian Huselius, Florida Panthers
- Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers
- Nick Schultz, Minnesota Wild
- Martin Erat, Nashville Predators
- Brian Gionta, New Jersey Devils
- Raffi Torres, New York Islanders
- Trent Hunter*, New York Islanders
- Chris Neil, Ottawa Senators
- Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks
- Barret Jackman, St. Louis Blues
- Alex Auld, Vancouver Canucks
Last games 
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2001–02 (listed with their last team):
- Mike Vernon, Calgary Flames
- Bob Probert, Chicago Blackhawks
- John MacLean, Dallas Stars
- Pat Verbeek, Dallas Stars
- Dave Manson, Dallas Stars
- Steve Duchesne, Detroit Red Wings
- John Vanbiesbrouck, New Jersey Devils
- Valeri Kamensky, New Jersey Devils
- Stephane Richer, New Jersey Devils
- Rick Tocchet, Philadelphia Flyers
- Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Gary Suter, San Jose Sharks
- Ray Ferraro, St. Louis Blues
- Rich Pilon, St. Louis Blues
- Grant Ledyard, Tampa Bay Lightning
Trading deadline 
Trading deadline: March 19, 2002.
- March 19, 2002: Anaheim traded C Dave Roche to NY Islanders for RW Ben Guite and the rights to RW Bjorn Melin.
- March 19, 2002: Atlanta traded D Jiri Slegr to Detroit for C Yuri Butsayev and Detroit’s third-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.
- March 19, 2002: Atlanta traded LW Darcy Hordichuk and Atlanta’s fourth and fifth-round picks in the 2002 Entry Draft to Phoenix for D Kirill Safronov, the rights to RW Ruslan Zainullin and Phoenix’s fourth-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.
- March 19, 2002: Atlanta traded C Bob Corkum to Buffalo for Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.
- March 19, 2002: Boston traded LW Greg Crozier to Minnesota for LW Darryl Laplante.
- March 19, 2002: Boston traded D Bobby Allen to Edmonton for D Sean Brown.
- March 19, 2002: Chicago traded D Jaroslav Spacek and Chicago’s second round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft to Columbus for D Lyle Odelein.
- March 19, 2002: Columbus traded RW Blake Sloan to Calgary for D Jamie Allison.
- March 19, 2002: Colorado Avalanche obtain D Darius Kasparaitis from Pittsburgh for D Rick Berry and LW Ville Nieminen.
- March 19, 2002: New Jersey Devils obtain Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner from the Dallas Stars for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and 2002 first round draft pick (Daniel Paille, later traded).
- March 19, 2002: Edmonton Oilers traded D Tom Poti and C Rem Murray to the New York Rangers for C Mike York and the Rangers' fourth-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft (Ivan Koltsov).
- March 19, 2002: Florida traded D Darren Van Impe to NY Islanders for the Islanders' fifth-round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft.
- March 19, 2002: Florida traded D Jeff Norton to Boston for Boston’s sixth-round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft.
- March 19, 2002: Los Angeles traded G Stephane Fiset to Montreal for future considerations.
- March 19, 2002: Nashville traded D Richard Lintner to the New York Rangers for D Peter Smrek.
- March 19, 2002: Pittsburgh traded RW Stephane Richer to New Jersey for a conditional pick in the 2003 Entry Draft.
- March 19, 2002: Washington Capitals traded C Adam Oates to Philadelphia Flyers for G Maxime Ouellet and Philadelphia's first, second and third-round picks in the 2002 Entry Draft (Martin Vagner, Maxime Daigneault and Derek Krestanovich).
- March 18, 2002: Florida Panthers trade Pavel Bure and 2002 second round draft pick (Lee Falardeau) to the New York Rangers for Igor Ulanov, rights to Filip Novak and 2002 first and second round draft picks (Petr Taticek and Rob Globke).
Hat tricks 
See also 
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- 2001 NHL Entry Draft
- 52nd National Hockey League All-Star Game
- NHL All-Star Game
- NHL All-Rookie Team
- Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics
- 2001 in sports
- 2002 in sports
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- "2001–2002 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
- NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out