1982 Stanley Cup Finals

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1982 Stanley Cup Finals
1234 Total
New York Islanders 6*633 4
Vancouver Canucks 5*401 0
* overtime periods
Location(s)Uniondale: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1, 2)
Vancouver: Pacific Coliseum (3, 4)
CoachesNew York: Al Arbour
Vancouver: Roger Neilson
CaptainsNew York: Denis Potvin
Vancouver: Kevin McCarthy[1]
DatesMay 8 – May 16
MVPMike Bossy (Islanders)
Series-winning goalMike Bossy (5:00, second, G4)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
SRC (Canada-French)
USA Network (United States, except in New York area)
SportsChannel New York (New York area, games 1 & 2)
WOR (New York area, games 3 & 4)
Announcers(CBC) Bob Cole, Mickey Redmond and Dick Irvin Jr. (in Uniondale), Jim Robson, Howie Meeker, and Gary Dornhoefer (in Vancouver)
(USA) Dan Kelly and Gary Green
(SCNY, WOR) Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall
(New York Islanders Radio) Barry Landers and Jean Potvin
(Vancouver Canucks Radio) Jim Robson (in Uniondale), Jim Hughson (in Vancouver), Tom Larscheid

The 1982 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1981–82 season, and the culmination of the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was played between the Vancouver Canucks in their first Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their third Finals appearance. The Islanders won the best-of-seven series, four games to none, to win their third consecutive and overall Stanley Cup championship. This is also the most recent time that a Stanley Cup Champion has won three in a row and the first, and so far only, time that a U.S.-based team has won three straight Stanley Cups.

This 1982 Finals took place under a revised NHL divisional alignment and playoff structure, which de facto revived the "East vs. West" format for the Finals that had been abandoned when the Western Hockey League folded in 1926. It was also the first time a team from Western Canada contested the Finals since the WHL stopped challenging for the Stanley Cup (the Victoria Cougars, who had also been the last team from British Columbia to win the Cup in 1925, played the 1926 Finals too).

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Vancouver, despite having a losing record in the regular season, defeated the Calgary Flames 3–0, the Los Angeles Kings 4–1 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–1 to advance to the finals. This was their first Finals appearance.

New York defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3–2, the New York Rangers 4–2, and the Quebec Nordiques 4–0 to make it to the finals for the third year in a row.

With New York having 118 points and Vancouver having 77, the 41-point difference between the two teams in a final round is the largest in Stanley Cup Finals history.[2][3]

Game summaries[edit]

The Canucks had their best chance to win a game in the first one, as a Jim Nill short-handed marker gave them a 5–4 lead with only seven minutes to play in regulation time. However, the Islanders tied it when Mike Bossy banged home a loose puck after goaltender Richard Brodeur had collided with his own defenceman, Harold Snepsts, while trying to smother it. In the dying seconds of the first overtime period, Snepsts attempted to clear the puck up the middle, but it was intercepted by Bossy, who completed his hat trick with two seconds left on the clock to win the game for the Islanders. In game two, the Canucks led 4–3 after two periods, but the Isles came back to win again.

The series then shifted to Vancouver, where the Canucks were boosted by a boisterous, towel-waving Vancouver crowd and had a great first period, but failed to score on Billy Smith, who was brilliant. The Islanders went on to win 3–0, and then completed the sweep with a 3–1 victory on May 16 to win their third straight Cup and first on the road.

Mike Bossy scored seven goals in the four games, tying Jean Béliveau's record from 1956, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks[edit]

New York won series 4–0

Mike Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.


The series aired on CBC in Canada and on the USA Network in the United States. USA's national coverage was blacked out in the New York area due to the local rights to Islanders games in that TV market, with SportsChannel New York airing games one and two, and WOR televising games three and four.

Team rosters[edit]

New York Islanders[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Roland Melanson G L 21 1979 Moncton, New Brunswick
2 Canada Mike McEwen D L 25 1981 Hornepayne, Ontario
5 Canada Denis Potvin (C) D L 28 1973 Vanier, Ontario
6 United States Ken Morrow D R 25 1976 Davison, Michigan
7 Sweden Stefan Persson D L 27 1974 Bjurholm, Sweden
9 Canada Clark Gillies LW L 28 1974 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
11 Canada Wayne Merrick C L 30 1977 Sarnia, Ontario
12 Canada Duane Sutter RW R 22 1979 Viking, Alberta
14 Canada Bob Bourne LW L 27 1974 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
17 Canada Greg Gilbert LW L 20 1980 Mississauga, Ontario
19 Canada Bryan Trottier C L 25 1974 Val Marie, Saskatchewan
21 Canada Brent Sutter C R 19 1980 Viking, Alberta
22 Canada Mike Bossy RW R 25 1977 Montreal, Quebec
23 Sweden Bob Nystrom RW R 29 1981 Stockholm, Sweden
24 Canada Gord Lane D L 29 1979 Brandon, Manitoba
25 Canada Billy Carroll C L 23 1979 Toronto, Ontario
26 United States Dave Langevin D L 27 1974 Saint Paul, Minnesota
27 Canada John Tonelli LW L 25 1977 Hamilton, Ontario
28 Sweden Anders Kallur RW L 29 1979 Ludvika, Sweden
29 Canada Hector Marini RW R 25 1977 Timmins, Ontario
31 Canada Billy Smith G L 31 1972 Perth, Ontario
91 Canada Butch Goring C L 32 1980 St. Boniface, Manitoba

Vancouver Canucks[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Glen Hanlon G R 24 1977 Brandon, Manitoba
2 Canada Doug Halward D L 26 1981 Toronto, Ontario
3 Canada Garth Butcher D R 19 1981 Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Canada Colin Campbell D L 29 1980 London, Ontario
6 Canada Andy Schliebener D L 19 1980 Ottawa, Ontario
7 Canada Gary Lupul C L 23 1979 Powell River, British Columbia
8 Canada Jim Nill RW R 24 1982 Hanna, Alberta
9 Canada Ivan Boldirev C L 32 1980 Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia
10 Sweden Anders Eldebrink D R 21 1981 Morjärv, Sweden
12 Canada Stan Smyl RW R 24 1978 Glendon, Alberta
13 Sweden Lars Lindgren D L 29 1978 Piteå, Sweden
14 Canada Blair MacDonald RW R 28 1981 Cornwall, Ontario
15 Canada Neil Belland D L 21 1981 Parry Sound, Ontario
16 Sweden Per-Olov Brasar LW L 31 1979 Falun, Sweden
17 Canada Tony Currie RW R 24 1982 Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia
18 Canada Darcy Rota LW L 29 1980 Vancouver, British Columbia
19 Canada Ron Delorme RW R 26 1981 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
20 Canada Gerry Minor C L 23 1978 Regina, Saskatchewan
21 Czechoslovakia Ivan Hlinka C L 32 1981 Most, Czechoslovakia
22 Canada Tiger Williams LW L 28 1980 Weyburn, Saskatchewan
23 Sweden Thomas Gradin C L 26 1980 Sollefteå, Sweden
24 United States Curt Fraser LW L 24 1978 Cincinnati, Ohio
25 Canada Kevin McCarthy (C) D R 24 1979 Winnipeg, Manitoba
26 Sweden Lars Molin LW L 26 1981 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
27 Canada Harold Snepsts D L 27 1974 Edmonton, Alberta
28 Canada Marc Crawford LW L 21 1980 Belleville, Ontario
35 Canada Richard Brodeur G L 29 1980 Longueuil, Quebec

Note: Stan Smyl served as the Canucks acting team captain during the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. Kevin McCarthy was injured late in the season and did not play in the playoffs and is listed as the official team captain.

Stanley Cup engraving[edit]

The 1982 Stanley Cup was presented to Islanders captain Denis Potvin by NHL President John Ziegler following the Islanders 3–1 win over the Canucks in game four

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

1982 New York Islanders



Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

  • ^-Steve Corais was included on the team, but name was left off the Stanley Cup.[citation needed]
  • Harry Boyd, Maurice Sabageno (Scouts) were included on the Stanley Cup in 1980, 1981. They were still part of the 1982, 1983 New York Islanders, but names were not put on the cup those years.
  • †Greg Gilbert played 1 regular season, and 4 playoff games (did not play in the finals). †Hector Marini played 30 regular season games, but was not dressed in the playoffs. Both names were included on the Stanley Cup, even though they did not officially qualify.

††- Also played Centre

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Due to injury, McCarthy didn't play in any playoff games. Stan Smyl served as acting captain.
  2. ^ Rosa, Francis (May 8, 1982). "CANUCKS STRANGERS, BUT FEEL THEY BELONG". Boston Globe. p. 1.
  3. ^ Edes, Gordon (May 9, 1982). "Islanders Win Opener on Late Overtime Goal; STANLEY CUP: Islanders Win". Los Angeles Times. p. C1.


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc.
  • Diamond, Dan (2008). Total Stanley Cup (PDF). Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7.
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