1983–84 Edmonton Oilers season

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1983–84 Edmonton Oilers
Stanley Cup champions
Campbell Conference champions
Smythe Division champions
Division 1st Smythe
Conference 1st Campbell
1983–84 record 57–18–5
Home record 31–5–4
Road record 26–13–1
Goals for 446 (1st)
Goals against 314 (T-10th)
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Wayne Gretzky
Alternate captains None
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Average attendance 17,498 (100%)
Team leaders
Goals Wayne Gretzky (87)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (118)
Points Wayne Gretzky (205)
Penalties in minutes Mark Messier (165)
Plus/minus Wayne Gretzky (+76)
Wins Grant Fuhr (30)
Goals against average Andy Moog (3.77)

The 1983–84 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' fifth season in the NHL. After an outstanding regular season, the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup.

Regular season[edit]

It was another record breaking season for the club. The Oilers would set club records in wins (57) and points (119), as they won the Smythe Division for the 3rd straight season. Edmonton would break the NHL record for goals in a season, set by the Oilers the previous season, by scoring 446 times.

The Oilers got off to a strong start, winning 39 of their first 53 games. Wayne Gretzky started strong too, scoring a point or more in the first fifty-one games. After failing to score in the fifty-second, he missed six straight games along with Jari Kurri. After winning their first game without Gretzky and Kurri, the Oilers lost five in a row, including an 11-0 loss to the Hartford Whalers on Sunday, February 12, 1984.[1] It was the first time in 230 consecutive regular-season games that the Oilers were shut out; the last time Edmonton had been shut out was on Thursday, March 12, 1981, when they lost at home, 5–0, to the New York Islanders. But, after a lecture from coach Glen Sather,[2] and the return of Gretzky and Kurri, the Oilers won eight in a row and finished the season first overall in the NHL.

Wayne Gretzky would break the 200 point barrier for the second time in his career, as he won the Art Ross Trophy for the 4th straight year with 205 points. Gretzky scored an NHL high 87 goals and 118 assists. Paul Coffey would put up 126 points, the 2nd highest point total ever by a defenceman, while Jari Kurri (113) and Mark Messier (101) would each break the 100 point mark for the club. Glenn Anderson would have a solid season, getting 54 goals, behind only Gretzky, and just miss the 100-point club as he finished with 99.

Grant Fuhr would lead the club with 30 victories, while Andy Moog would put up a team best GAA of 3.77.

Season standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 57 18 5 446 314 119
Calgary Flames 80 34 32 14 311 314 82
Vancouver Canucks 80 32 39 9 306 328 73
Winnipeg Jets 80 31 38 11 340 374 73
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 44 13 309 376 59

[3]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]

1983–84 Game Log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Tie (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs, the Oilers would make short work of the Winnipeg Jets, sweeping them in 3 games, and then face their Battle of Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames for the Smythe Division finals. The Flames would push the Oilers to 7 games before Edmonton would defeat them for the 2nd straight year. The Oilers would sweep the Minnesota North Stars in the Campbell Conference final, setting up a Stanley Cup rematch against the New York Islanders. The Islanders, who swept the Oilers the previous year, were looking to win their 5th straight Stanley Cup, however, Edmonton had other plans, and after the teams split the first 2 games in New York, the Oilers would win 3 in a row to win the series in 5 games, and win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the first team from the WHA to win the cup. Mark Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

1984 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 74 87 118 205 39
Paul Coffey 80 40 86 126 104
Jari Kurri 64 52 61 113 14
Mark Messier 73 37 64 101 165
Glenn Anderson 80 54 45 99 65
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Andy Moog 38 2212 27 8 1 139 1 .882 3.77
Grant Fuhr 45 2625 30 10 4 171 1 .883 3.91

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Wayne Gretzky 19 13 22 35 12
Jari Kurri 19 14 14 28 13
Mark Messier 19 8 18 26 19
Paul Coffey 19 8 14 22 21
Glenn Anderson 19 6 11 17 33
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Andy Moog 7 263 4 0 12 0 .891 2.74
Grant Fuhr 16 883 11 4 44 1 .910 2.99

Awards and Records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 446: An NHL team record for most goals in a single season.
  • 425: A new NHL team record for most goals in a single season on March 21, 1984.
  • 12: An NHL record for most short-handed goals in a single season by Wayne Gretzky.
  • 11: A new NHL record for most short-handed goals in a single season by Wayne Gretzky on February 15, 1984.

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Don Jackson 200th NHL PIM October 15, 1983
Dave Hunter 400th NHL PIM October 16, 1983
Willy Lindstrom 200th NHL Point October 22, 1983
Mark Messier 300th NHL Point
Dave Semenko 600th NHL PIM October 26, 1983
Wayne Gretzky 19th NHL Hat-trick
5th Four-Goal NHL Game
November 6, 1983
Jari Kurri 100th NHL PIM
Wayne Gretzky 20th NHL Hat-trick November 12, 1983
Grant Fuhr 1st NHL Shutout November 18, 1983
Randy Gregg 100th NHL Point
Jari Kurri 300th NHL Point
Dave Lumley 2nd NHL Gordie Howe hat trick
Grant Fuhr 10th NHL Assist November 19, 1983
Wayne Gretzky 21st NHL Hat-trick
Jari Kurri 6th NHL Hat-trick
1st Five-Goal NHL Game
Willy Lindstrom 3rd NHL Hat-trick
Jim Playfair 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Todd Strueby 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Dave Lumley 500th NHL PiM November 26, 1983
Glenn Anderson 6th NHL Hat-trick December 3, 1983
Grant Fuhr 100th NHL Game December 7, 1983
Wayne Gretzky 300th NHL Goal December 13, 1983
Willy Lindstrom 100th NHL Assist
Glenn Anderson 300th NHL Point December 14, 1983
Wayne Gretzky 800th NHL Point
22nd NHL Hat-trick
Wayne Gretzky 500th NHL Assist December 17, 1983
Wayne Gretzky 23rd NHL Hat-trick December 21, 1983
Mark Messier 500th NHL PIM December 23, 1983
Jari Kurri 200th NHL Assist December 26, 1983
Dave Hunter 100th NHL Assist January 3, 1984
Wayne Gretzky 24th NHL Hat-trick
6th Four-Goal NHL Game
January 4, 1984
Jari Kurri 7th NHL Hat-trick
Ken Linseman 800th NHL PIM
Dean Clark 1st NHL Game January 7, 1984
Steve Graves
Wayne Gretzky 50th Goal in 42 Games
25th NHL Hat-trick
Mark Messier 200th NHL Assist
Charlie Huddy 100th NHL Point January 9, 1984
Glenn Anderson 200th NHL PIM January 15, 1984
Paul Coffey 400th NHL PIM January 18, 1984
Wayne Gretzky 26th NHL Hat-trick
Pat Hughes 100th NHL Goal January 20, 1984
Kevin McClelland 200th NHL PIM January 28, 1984
Paul Coffey 200th NHL Assist February 3, 1984
Lee Fogolin 1,000th NHL PIM
Pat Hughes 200th NHL Point
2nd NHL Hat-trick
1st Five-Goal NHL Game
Kevin McClelland 100th NHL Game February 9, 1984
Don Jackson 300th NHL PIM February 11, 1984
Pat Hughes 500th NHL PIM February 12, 1984
Lee Fogolin 700th NHL Game February 15, 1984
Paul Coffey 300th NHL Point February 17, 1984
Kevin Lowe 300th NHL PIM
Wayne Gretzky 27th NHL Hat-trick
7th Four-Goal NHL Game
February 21, 1984
Randy Gregg 100th NHL PIM February 22, 1984
Wayne Gretzky 28th NHL Hat-trick
8th Four-Goal NHL Game
Mark Messier 6th NHL Hat-trick February 25, 1984
Paul Coffey 300th NHL Game
100th NHL Goal
February 27, 1984
Dave Lumley 200th NHL Point
Jari Kurri 8th NHL Hat-trick March 7, 1984
Jari Kurri 9th NHL Hat-trick March 11, 1984
Mark Messier 7th NHL Hat-trick
Wayne Gretzky 900th NHL Point March 13, 1984
Dave Semenko 100th NHL Point
Jari Kurri 50th Goal in 73 Games March 15, 1984
Jaroslav Pouzar 100th NHL PIM
Glenn Anderson 7th NHL Hat-trick March 17, 1984
Pat Hughes 100th NHL Assist
Andy Moog 100th NHL Game
Glenn Anderson 50th Goal in 76 Games
8th NHL Hat-trick
1st Four-Goal NHL Game
March 21, 1984
Grant Fuhr 20th NHL Assist March 27, 1984
Kevin McClelland 1st NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick
Gord Sherven 1st NHL Game
Raimo Summanen 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Gord Sherven 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
March 31, 1984
Raimo Summanen 1st NHL Goal
Rick Chartraw 400th NHL Game TBD
Ray Cote 1st NHL Game
Tom Gorence 300th NHL Game
Pat Hughes 400th NHL Game
Willy Lindstrom 300th NHL Game
Dave Lumley
Jaroslav Pouzar 100th NHL Game
Dave Semenko 300th NHL Game
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Wayne Gretzky 50th NHL Assist April 4, 1984
Jari Kurri 1st NHL Hat-trick
Raimo Summanen 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Glenn Anderson 1st NHL Gordie Howe Hat-trick April 5, 1984
Raimo Summanen 1st NHL Goal
Pat Hughes 50th NHL PIM April 7, 1984
Jari Kurri 50th NHL Point April 12, 1984
Paul Coffey 50th NHL PIM April 15, 1984
Dave Semenko 100th NHL PIM
Pat Hughes 50th NHL Game April 24, 1984
Mark Messier 50th NHL Point
Glenn Anderson 50th NHL Point April 26, 1984
Larry Melnyk 1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
Jaroslav Pouzar 1st NHL Assist
Wayne Gretzky 100th NHL Point April 28, 1984
Larry Melynk 50th NHL PIM
Grant Fuhr 1st NHL Shutout May 10, 1984
Don Jackson 50th NHL PIM
Ken Linseman 200th NHL PIM May 12, 1984
Mark Messier 50th NHL PIM
Wayne Gretzky 50th NHL Game May 15, 1984
Kevin Lowe
Pat Conacher 1st NHL Goal May 17, 1984
Dave Lumley 100th NHL PIM
Mark Messier 50th NHL Game
Dave Lumley 50th NHL Game May 19, 1984
Dave Hunter 50th NHL Game TBD

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

December 5, 1983 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tom Roulston
To Edmonton Oilers
Kevin McClelland
6th round pick in 1984 - Emanuel Viveiros
January 20, 1984 To New York Rangers
9th round pick in 1984 - Heinz Ehlers
To Edmonton Oilers
Rick Chartraw
March 6, 1984 To Boston Bruins
John Blum
To Edmonton Oilers
Larry Melnyk
March 6, 1984 To Washington Capitals
4th round pick in 1985 - Larry Shaw
To Edmonton Oilers
Risto Jalo

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
F Tom Rowe Detroit Red Wings
F Pat Conacher New York Rangers
F Tom Gorence Philadelphia Flyers
D Reg Kerr Chicago Black Hawks
F Kari Jalonen Calgary Flames

Draft picks[edit]

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1983 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 19 Jeff Beukeboom  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2 40 Mike Golden  United States Reading High School (USHS)
3 60 Mike Flanagan  United States Acton-Boxborough High School (USHS)
4 80 Esa Tikkanen  Finland HIFK (SM-liiga)
6 120 Don Barber  Canada Kelowna Buckaroos (BCJHL)
7 140 Dale Derkatch  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
8 160 Ralph Vos  Canada Abbotsford Flyers (BCJHL)
9 180 Dave Roach  Canada New Westminster Royals (BCJHL)
10 200 Warren Yadlowski  Canada Calgary Wranglers (WHL)
11 220 John Miner  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
12 240 Steve Woodburn  Canada Verdun Juniors (QMJHL)

Roster[edit]

1983-84 Edmonton Oilers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

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