1980–81 New York Islanders season

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1980–81 New York Islanders
Stanley Cup champions
Campbell Conference champions
Patrick Division champions
Division1st Patrick
Conference1st Campbell
1980–81 record48–18–14
Goals for355
Goals against260
Team information
General ManagerBill Torrey
CoachAl Arbour
CaptainDenis Potvin
Alternate captainsNone
ArenaNassau Coliseum
Team leaders
GoalsMike Bossy (68)
AssistsBryan Trottier (72)
PointsMike Bossy (119)
Penalty minutesGarry Howatt (174)
WinsBilly Smith (22)
Goals against averageGlenn Resch (3.07)

The 1980-81 New York Islanders season was the ninth season in the franchise's history. It involved winning the Stanley Cup.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

New York's draft picks at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 17 Brent Sutter  Canada Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL)
2 38 Kelly Hrudey  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
3 59 Dave Simpson  Canada London Knights (OHA)
4 68 Monty Trottier  Canada Billings Bighorns (WHL)
4 80 Greg Gilbert  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)
5 101 Ken Leiter  United States Michigan State University (WCHA)
6 122 Dan Revell  Canada Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
7 143 Mark Hamway  United States Michigan State University (WCHA)
8 164 Morey Gare  Canada Penticton Knights (BCJHL)
9 185 Peter Steblyk  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
10 206 Glenn Johannesen  Canada Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL)

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 18 14 355 260 110
Philadelphia Flyers 80 41 24 15 313 249 97
Calgary Flames 80 39 27 14 329 298 92
New York Rangers 80 30 36 14 312 317 74
Washington Capitals 80 26 36 18 286 317 70

[1]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]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1980 5–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 1–0–0
2 W October 12, 1980 2–1 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 2–0–0
3 T October 14, 1980 5–5 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 2–0–1
4 W October 16, 1980 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 3–0–1
5 T October 18, 1980 5–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 3–0–2
6 T October 19, 1980 3–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 3–0–3
7 L October 21, 1980 3–6 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 3–1–3
8 L October 23, 1980 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–2–3
9 L October 25, 1980 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 3–3–3
10 L October 26, 1980 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 3–4–3
11 W October 28, 1980 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 4–4–3
12 L November 1, 1980 3–7 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 4–5–3
13 W November 4, 1980 6–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 5–5–3
14 W November 6, 1980 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 6–5–3
15 W November 8, 1980 7–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 7–5–3
16 T November 11, 1980 6–6 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 7–5–4
17 W November 12, 1980 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 8–5–4
18 W November 15, 1980 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 9–5–4
19 W November 17, 1980 2–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 10–5–4
20 W November 18, 1980 7–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 11–5–4
21 W November 20, 1980 5–0 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 12–5–4
22 W November 22, 1980 6–4 New York Rangers (1980–81) 13–5–4
23 T November 25, 1980 4–4 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 13–5–5
24 W November 27, 1980 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 14–5–5
25 W November 29, 1980 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 15–5–5
26 W November 30, 1980 7–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 16–5–5
27 W December 2, 1980 5–1 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 17–5–5
28 L December 4, 1980 3–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 17–6–5
29 L December 6, 1980 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 17–7–5
30 W December 7, 1980 5–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 18–7–5
31 W December 10, 1980 3–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 19–7–5
32 T December 13, 1980 4–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 19–7–6
33 W December 14, 1980 5–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 20–7–6
34 W December 16, 1980 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 21–7–6
35 W December 20, 1980 5–2 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 22–7–6
36 W December 21, 1980 9–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 23–7–6
37 T December 23, 1980 2–2 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 23–7–7
38 T December 27, 1980 5–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 23–7–8
39 W December 30, 1980 9–3 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 24–7–8
40 L January 2, 1981 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 24–8–8
41 W January 3, 1981 8–1 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 25–8–8
42 W January 6, 1981 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 26–8–8
43 L January 7, 1981 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 26–9–8
44 L January 10, 1981 2–3 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 26–10–8
45 W January 11, 1981 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 27–10–8
46 W January 13, 1981 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 28–10–8
47 W January 17, 1981 6–4 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 29–10–8
48 W January 20, 1981 5–0 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 30–10–8
49 W January 22, 1981 3–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 31–10–8
50 W January 24, 1981 7–4 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 32–10–8
51 L January 26, 1981 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 32–11–8
52 W January 28, 1981 6–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 33–11–8
53 L January 31, 1981 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 33–12–8
54 L February 1, 1981 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 33–13–8
55 W February 3, 1981 8–1 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 34–13–8
56 L February 4, 1981 3–9 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 34–14–8
57 T February 7, 1981 5–5 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 34–14–9
58 L February 12, 1981 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 34–15–9
59 T February 14, 1981 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 34–15–10
60 L February 17, 1981 5–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 34–16–10
61 W February 21, 1981 6–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 35–16–10
62 W February 23, 1981 4–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 36–16–10
63 L February 25, 1981 4–11 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 36–17–10
64 W February 27, 1981 5–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 37–17–10
65 W February 28, 1981 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 38–17–10
66 T March 3, 1981 8–8 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 38–17–11
67 W March 7, 1981 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 39–17–11
68 W March 11, 1981 6–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 40–17–11
69 W March 12, 1981 5–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 41–17–11
70 T March 14, 1981 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 41–17–12
71 T March 17, 1981 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 41–17–13
72 W March 20, 1981 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 42–17–13
73 W March 22, 1981 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 43–17–13
74 W March 24, 1981 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 44–17–13
75 T March 28, 1981 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 44–17–14
76 W March 29, 1981 5–4 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 45–17–14
77 L March 31, 1981 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 45–18–14
78 W April 2, 1981 2–1 New York Rangers (1980–81) 46–18–14
79 W April 4, 1981 4–1 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 47–18–14
80 W April 5, 1981 7–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1980–81) 48–18–14

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mike Bossy RW 79 68 51 119 32 37 28 2 10
Bryan Trottier C 73 31 72 103 74 49 9 2 5
Clark Gillies LW 80 33 45 78 99 26 9 0 3
Bob Bourne C 78 35 41 76 62 34 9 7 5
Denis Potvin D 74 20 56 76 104 38 9 0 4
Anders Kallur RW 78 36 28 64 32 25 7 6 4
Stefan Persson D 80 9 52 61 82 24 6 0 2
Butch Goring C 78 23 37 60 0 4 4 1 1
John Tonelli LW 70 20 32 52 57 8 2 0 3
Bob Nystrom RW 79 14 30 44 145 6 3 0 0
Steve Tambellini C 61 19 17 36 17 -12 2 0 4
Wayne Merrick C 71 16 15 31 30 12 1 0 2
Garry Howatt LW 70 4 15 19 174 12 0 0 0
Duane Sutter RW 23 7 11 18 26 -8 1 0 1
Dave Langevin D 75 1 16 17 122 40 0 0 0
Ken Morrow D 80 2 11 13 20 19 0 0 0
Bob Lorimer D 73 1 12 13 77 45 0 0 0
Gord Lane D 60 3 9 12 124 -6 0 1 1
Hector Marini RW 14 4 7 11 39 9 1 0 0
Billy Carroll C 18 4 4 8 6 3 0 0 1
Jean Potvin D 18 2 3 5 25 -4 2 0 1
Brent Sutter C 3 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 1
Lorne Henning C 9 1 2 3 24 4 0 0 0
Mike McEwen D 13 0 3 3 10 3 0 0 0
Glenn Resch G 32 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Roland Melanson G 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Billy Smith G 41 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Billy Smith 2363 41 22 10 8 129 3.28 2
Glenn Resch 1817 32 18 7 5 93 3.07 3
Roland Melanson 620 11 8 1 1 32 3.10 0
Team: 4800 80 48 18 14 254 3.17 5
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Mike Bossy RW 18 17 18 35 4 9 0 3
Bryan Trottier C 18 11 18 29 34 4 2 1
Denis Potvin D 18 8 17 25 16 6 1 2
Butch Goring C 18 10 10 20 6 4 2 2
Wayne Merrick C 18 6 12 18 8 0 0 1
Clark Gillies LW 18 6 9 15 28 3 0 0
Mike McEwen D 17 6 8 14 6 4 0 0
John Tonelli LW 16 5 8 13 16 0 0 2
Bob Nystrom RW 18 6 6 12 20 0 0 1
Billy Carroll C 18 3 9 12 4 0 1 1
Bob Bourne C 14 4 6 10 19 1 1 1
Hector Marini RW 9 3 6 9 14 0 0 0
Anders Kallur RW 12 4 3 7 10 0 2 0
Ken Morrow D 18 3 4 7 8 0 0 1
Gord Lane D 12 1 5 6 32 0 0 0
Bob Lorimer D 18 1 4 5 27 0 0 0
Stefan Persson D 7 0 5 5 6 0 0 0
Duane Sutter RW 12 3 1 4 10 0 0 0
Dave Langevin D 18 0 3 3 25 0 0 0
Garry Howatt LW 8 0 2 2 15 0 0 0
Billy Smith G 17 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Lorne Henning C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roland Melanson G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Billy Smith 994 17 14 3 42 2.54 0
Roland Melanson 92 3 1 0 6 3.91 0
Team: 1086 18 15 3 48 2.65 0

[2]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

New York Islanders vs. Minnesota North Stars

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
May 12 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 14 Minnesota 3 New York 6
May 17 New York 7 Minnesota 5
May 19 New York 2 Minnesota 4
May 21 Minnesota 1 New York 5

New York wins the series 4–1.

1981 New York Islanders Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Gord Lane, Jean Potvin, Bob Lorimer, Denis Potvin, Stefan Persson, Mike McEwen, Ken Morrow, Dave Langevin, Duane Sutter, Garry Howatt, Clark Gillies, Lorne Henning, Hector Marini, Wayne Merrick, Bob Bourne, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bob Nystrom, John Tonelli, Anders Kallur, Butch Goring, Billy Carroll, Roland Melanson, Billy Smith, Al Arbour (coach), Bill Torrey (general manager), Ron Waske, Jim Pickard (trainers)

Awards and records[edit]

  • Butch Goring, Conn Smythe Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.
  2. ^ "1980-81 New York Islanders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
Preceded by
New York Islanders
1980
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions

1981
Succeeded by
New York Islanders
1982