1980 Stanley Cup Finals

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1980 Stanley Cup Finals
123456 Total
New York Islanders 4*36535* 4
Philadelphia Flyers 3*82264* 2
* overtime periods
Location(s)Uniondale: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) (3, 4, 6)
Philadelphia: Spectrum (1, 2, 5)
CoachesNew York: Al Arbour
Philadelphia: Pat Quinn
CaptainsNew York: Denis Potvin
Philadelphia: Mel Bridgman
RefereesAndy Van Hellemond (1, 4)
Wally Harris (2, 5)
Bob Myers (3, 6)
DatesMay 13 – May 24
MVPBryan Trottier (Islanders)
Series-winning goalBob Nystrom (7:11, OT,G6)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
SRC (Canada-French)
Hughes (United States, games 1–5)
CBS (United States, game six)
AnnouncersDan Kelly (games 1–5), Bob Cole (games 1–2), Jim Robson (games 3–6), Gary Dornhoefer and Dick Irvin Jr. (CBC-Hughes)
Dan Kelly (1st, 3rd, and overtime), Tim Ryan (2nd Period), and Lou Nanne (CBS, game 6)

The 1980 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1979–80 season, and the culmination of the 1980 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the New York Islanders in their first-ever Finals appearance and the Philadelphia Flyers, in their fourth Finals appearance, and first since 1976. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series, four games to two, to win their first Stanley Cup championship and the third for a post-1967 expansion team after Philadelphia's Cup wins in 1974 and 1975.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

New York defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3–1, the Boston Bruins 4–1 and the Buffalo Sabres 4–2 to advance to the Final.

Philadelphia defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3–0, the New York Rangers 4–1 and the Minnesota North Stars 4–1 to make it to the Final.

Game summaries[edit]

In game one, Denis Potvin scored the first power-play overtime goal in Stanley Cup Final history. In game six, Bob Nystrom scored the Cup winner in overtime, his fourth career overtime goal, at the time putting him alone behind Maurice Richard's six on the all-time overtime goal-scoring list. Ken Morrow joined the team after winning the Olympic gold medal and added the Stanley Cup to cap a remarkable season.

In the United States, the first five games were syndicated by the Hughes Television Network. Hughes used CBC's Hockey Night in Canada feeds for the American coverage. game six was televised in the United States by the CBS network, as a special edition of its CBS Sports Spectacular anthology series. This would be the last NHL game to air on U.S. network television until 1990, when the All-Star Game was televised on NBC. As of 2015, it is also the last Stanley Cup Finals game to be played in the afternoon (earlier than 5:00 local time).

The deciding game six was marred by one of the most infamous blown official calls in NHL playoff history. With the game tied 1–1, the Islanders Butch Goring picked up a drop pass from New York left wing Clark Gillies which had clearly gone back over the Flyers' defensive zone blue line into center ice. Linesman Leon Stickle waved the play as on-side, and Goring threaded a pass to right wing Duane Sutter who beat Philadelphia goalie Pete Peeters for a 2-1 New York lead. The Flyers argued vehemently to no avail. Everyone on both sides except Goring and Sutter appeared to relax as if play had been blown dead once the puck went over the blue line. Flyers captain Mel Bridgman stated the play changed the momentum of the game at a critical time even though the Flyers scored shortly afterwards to tie the score 2-2. Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call. Ultimately, it was the Flyers lack of discipline and the resulting Islander Power Play goals that were the difference in the series. [1]

The series-winning overtime goal in game six was scored by Bobby Nystrom and assisted by fellow third liners John Tonelli and Lorne Henning. Nystrom's redirection of Tonelli's cross-ice pass from just above the Flyers left side face-off circle, floated up and over goalie Pete Peeters' blocker before the Philadelphia keeper could slide over to stop the puck. Henning's "thread the needle" pass was a key component, of the goal.

May 13 New York Islanders 4–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Mike Bossy (7) – pp – 12:02 First period 10:31 – Mel Bridgman (2)
Denis Potvin (2) – 02:20 Second period 17:08 – ppBobby Clarke (5)
Stefan Persson (3) – pp – 16:18 Third period 13:10 – Rick MacLeish (7)
Denis Potvin (3) – pp – 04:07 First overtime period No scoring
Billy Smith 30 saves / 33 shots Goalie stats Pete Peeters 32 saves / 36 shots
May 15 New York Islanders 3–8 Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Butch Goring (5) – 03:23 First period 07:22 – ppPaul Holmgren (7)
08:37 – Bob Kelly (1)
17:23 – Bobby Clarke (6)
Bryan Trottier (9) – pp – 03:28 Second period 01:06 – Bill Barber (12)
04:13 – pp – Paul Holmgren (8)
15:47 – ppBrian Propp (3)
Butch Goring (6) – pp – 15:00 Third period 01:40 – Tom Gorence (3)
04:19 – Paul Holmgren (9)
Billy Smith 20 saves / 26 shots
Chico Resch 3 saves / 5 shots
Goalie stats Pete Peeters 20 saves / 23 shots
May 17 Philadelphia Flyers 2–6 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
No scoring First period 02:38 – shLorne Henning (3)
07:43 – ppDenis Potvin (4)
13:04 – ppBryan Trottier (10)
14:29 – ppMike Bossy (8)
No scoring Second period 15:41 – ppClark Gillies (5)
17:25 – pp – Denis Potvin (5)
Bobby Clarke (7) – 09:48
Mike Busniuk (1) – 11:32
Third period No scoring
Phil Myre 34 saves / 40 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 30 saves / 32 shots
May 19 Philadelphia Flyers 2–5 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
No scoring First period 07:23 - pp - Mike Bossy (9)
13:06 - Butch Goring (7)
John Paddock (1) - 01:35 Second period No scoring
Ken Linseman (4) - 11:53 Third period 06:06 - Bryan Trottier (11)
12:35 - Bobby Nystrom (7)
14:08 - Clark Gillies (6)
Pete Peeters 22 saves / 27 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 34 saves / 36 shots
May 22 New York Islanders 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers Spectrum Recap  
Stefan Persson (4) - pp - 10:58 First period No scoring
Bryan Trottier (12) - 16:16 Second period 01:45 - Bobby Clarke (8)
05:55 - Rick MacLeish (8)
17:04 - Mike Busniuk (2)
Stefan Persson (5) - pp - 14:57 Third period 09:43 - Rick MacLeish (9)
12:33 - pp - Brian Propp (4)
17:26 - Paul Holmgren (10)
Billy Smith 25 saves / 31 shots Goalie stats Pete Peeters 35 saves / 38 shots
May 24 Philadelphia Flyers 4–5 OT New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Reggie Leach (9) - pp - 07:21
Brian Propp (5) - 18:58
First period 11:56 - pp - Denis Potvin (6)
14:08 - Duane Sutter (3)
No scoring Second period 07:34 - pp - Mike Bossy (10)
19:46 - Bobby Nystrom (8)
Bob Dailey (4) - 01:47
John Paddock (2) - 06:02
Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 7:11 - Bobby Nystrom (9)
Billy Smith 21 saves / 25 shots Goalie stats Pete Peeters 28 saves / 33 shots
New York won series 4–2

Team rosters[edit]

New York Islanders[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Chico Resch G L 31 1974 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
3 Canada Jean Potvin D R 31 1979 Ottawa, Ontario
4 Canada Bob Lorimer D L 26 1973 Toronto, Ontario
5 Canada Denis Potvin (C) D L 26 1973 Vanier, Ontario
6 United States Ken Morrow D R 23 1976 Davison, Michigan
7 Sweden Stefan Persson D L 25 1974 Bjurholm, Sweden
8 Canada Garry Howatt LW L 27 1972 Grand Centre, Alberta
9 Canada Clark Gillies LW L 26 1974 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
10 Canada Lorne Henning C L 28 1972 Melfort, Saskatchewan
11 Canada Wayne Merrick C L 28 1977 Sarnia, Ontario
12 Canada Duane Sutter RW R 20 1979 Viking, Alberta
14 Canada Bob Bourne LW L 25 1974 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
16 Canada Steve Tambellini C L 21 1978 Trail, British Columbia
17 Canada Alex McKendry RW L 23 1978 Midland, Ontario
19 Canada Bryan Trottier C L 23 1974 Val Marie, Saskatchewan
21 Canada Butch Goring C L 30 1980 St. Boniface, Manitoba
22 Canada Mike Bossy RW R 23 1977 Montreal, Quebec
23 Sweden Bob Nystrom RW R 27 1972 Stockholm, Sweden
24 Canada Gord Lane D L 27 1979 Brandon, Manitoba
26 United States Dave Langevin D L 25 1974 Saint Paul, Minnesota
27 Canada John Tonelli LW L 23 1977 Hamilton, Ontario
28 Sweden Anders Kallur RW L 27 1979 Ludvika, Sweden
31 Canada Billy Smith G L 29 1972 Perth, Ontario

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
2 Canada Bob Dailey D R 27 1977 Kingston, Ontario
3 Canada Behn Wilson D L 21 1978 Toronto, Ontario
5 Canada Frank Bathe D L 25 1977 Oshawa, Ontario
6 Canada André Dupont D L 30 1972 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
7 Canada Bill Barber LW L 27 1972 Callander, Ontario
9 Canada Bob Kelly LW L 29 1970 Oakville, Ontario
10 Canada Mel Bridgman (C) C L 25 1975 Trenton, Ontario
11 Canada Dennis Ververgaert RW R 27 1978 Grimsby, Ontario
12 Canada John Paddock LW R 25 1976 Oak River, Manitoba
14 Canada Ken Linseman C L 21 1978 Kingston, Ontario
15 Canada Al Hill LW L 25 1976 Nanaimo, British Columbia
16 Canada Bobby Clarke C L 30 1969 Flin Flon, Manitoba
17 United States Paul Holmgren RW R 24 1975 Saint Paul, Minnesota
19 Canada Rick MacLeish C L 30 1970 Lindsay, Ontario
20 Canada Jimmy Watson D L 27 1972 Smithers, British Columbia
21 United States Gary Morrison RW R 24 1975 Farmington, Michigan
22 United States Tom Gorence RW R 23 1977 Saint Paul, Minnesota
25 Canada Norm Barnes D L 26 1973 Rexdale, Ontario
26 Canada Brian Propp LW L 21 1979 Lanigan, Saskatchewan
27 Canada Reggie Leach RW R 30 1974 Riverton, Manitoba
28 Canada Mike Busniuk D R 28 1979 Thunder Bay, Ontario
29 Canada Jack McIlhargey D L 28 1980 Edmonton, Alberta
31 Canada Phil Myre G L 31 1979 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
33 Canada Pete Peeters G L 22 1977 Edmonton, Alberta

Stanley Cup engraving[edit]

The 1980 Stanley Cup was presented to Islanders captain Denis Potvin by NHL President John Ziegler following the Islanders 5–4 win over the Flyers in game six.

The following Islanders players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1979–80 New York Islanders



Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • †Alex McKendry played two regular season and six playoff games, but did not play in the finals.
  • †Jean Potvin played 32 regular season games, spending the whole season with the Islanders. He did not play in the playoffs. Both names were engraved on the Stanley Cup, even though they did not officially qualify.
  • Ken Morrow became the first player to win the Olympic Gold (with Team United States), and Stanley Cup (with New York Islanders) in the same year.

^-Steve Corais (Director of Public Relations) was included on the team, but his name was left off the Stanley Cup.

  • Al Arbour became the fourth person to win the Stanley Cup with four teams. Arbour won the Stanley Cup as a player with Detroit 1954, Chicago 1961, and Toronto 1962. 1964. The other three people to win cup with four teams are Jack Marshall, Harry (Happy) Holmes, and Tommy Gorman.
  • Bryan Trottier was first Metis player to win the Stanley Cup
  • Bob Nystrom, Anders Kallur and Stefan Persson were the first three Swedish born-trained players to win the Stanley Cup. They were also first two European-trained players to win the Stanley Cup.


Bob Cole, Dan Kelly and Jim Robson shared play-by-play duties for CBC's coverage. Cole did play-by-play for the first half of Games 1 and 2. Meanwhile, Kelly did play-by-play for the rest of Games 1–4 (Kelly also called the overtime period of Game 1). Finally, Robson did play-by-play for first half of Games 3–4 and Game 6 entirely. In essence, this meant that Cole or Robson did play-by-play for the first period and the first half of the second period. Therefore, at the closest stoppage of play near the 10-minute mark of the second period, Cole or Robson handed off the call to Kelly for the rest of the game. However, the roles of Kelly and Robson switched for Game 5.

In the United States, the first five games were syndicated by the Hughes Television Network. Hughes used CBC's Hockey Night in Canada feeds for the American coverage. Game 6 was televised in the United States by the CBS network, as a special edition of its CBS Sports Spectacular anthology series. Dan Kelly did the play-by-play for CBS for the first and third periods as well as overtime. Tim Ryan did play-by-play for the second period while Lou Nanne served as the color commentator throughout. This would be the last NHL game to air on U.S. network television until 1990, when the All-Star Game was televised on NBC. As of 2021, it is also the last Stanley Cup Final game to be played in the afternoon (earlier than 5:00 local time).

See also[edit]


  • Total Stanley Cup. NHL. 2000.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.


  1. ^ Blumenstock, Kathy (June 2, 1980). "Putting the Hammer to the Old Bugaboo". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
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