1984 Stanley Cup Finals

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1984 Stanley Cup Finals
1984 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.png
12345 Total
Edmonton Oilers 11775 4
New York Islanders 06222 1
Location(s)Edmonton: (Northlands Coliseum (3, 4, 5)
Uniondale: (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1, 2)
CoachesEdmonton: Glen Sather
New York: Al Arbour
CaptainsEdmonton: Wayne Gretzky
New York: Denis Potvin
RefereesAndy Van Hellemond, Dave Newell, Bryan Lewis
DatesMay 10 – May 19
MVPMark Messier (Oilers)
Series-winning goalKen Linseman (0:38, second, G5)
NetworksCBC (Canada-English)
USA Network (United States, except in New York Area)
SportsChannel (New York Area, games 1 and 2)
WOR (New York Area, games 3, 4 and 5)
AnnouncersBob Cole, Mickey Redmond (games 1 and 2), Gary Dornhoefer (games 3-5), and Dick Irvin (CBC)
Dan Kelly and Gary Green (USA Network)
Jiggs McDonald and Ed Westfall (SportsChannel and WOR)

The 1984 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1983–84 season, and the culmination of the 1984 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between the Edmonton Oilers and the defending champion New York Islanders. The upstart Oilers won the best-of-seven series, four games to one, to win their first Stanley Cup, becoming the third post-1967 expansion team and first former World Hockey Association team to win the Cup, and also the first team based west of Chicago to win the Cup since the WCHL's Victoria Cougars became the last non-NHL team to win it in 1925.

In the previous year's Stanley Cup Finals, the Islanders had swept the Oilers in four straight games. The teams rematched in 1984, with the Islanders seeking their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup championship. It was the fifth straight Finals of teams that joined the NHL in 1967 or later. As of 2019, the Islanders' four consecutive Cup wins (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983) and their appearance in the 1984 Cup Finals is an NHL record of 19 consecutive playoff series wins that currently stands unbroken. The 1984 Finals was the second of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (the Oilers appeared in six, the Calgary Flames in two), and the first of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (the Oilers won four times at home, the Montreal Canadiens once in Calgary).

The Oilers became the fastest-ever Canadian-based expansion team to win a major sports title by winning a title in only their fifth NHL season. The feat would be eclipsed in 2016 by the Ottawa Redblacks, who won the Grey Cup in their third CFL season.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3–0, the Calgary Flames 4–3 and the Minnesota North Stars 4–0 to reach the Finals.

New York defeated the New York Rangers 3-2, the Washington Capitals 4–1, and the Montreal Canadiens 4–2 to reach the Finals.

Game summaries[edit]

NOTE: The 1984 Stanley Cup Finals were played in a 2–3–2 format, which the NBA Finals (1985–2013) and World Series (always) use, instead of the usual 2–2–1–1–1; however, the NHL would only use the format again the following season before going back to the 2–2–1–1–1 format for the 1986 Stanley Cup Finals.

Grant Fuhr shut out the Islanders in the first game, on Long Island (his first Finals game), with Kevin McClelland scoring the game's only goal, but the Islanders won game two 6–1. The series then shifted to Edmonton for three games. In game three, the Islanders had a 2–1 lead in the second period, but Mark Messier scored on an individual effort to tie the game.[1] That changed the momentum in favor of the Oilers, and they proceeded to beat the Islanders 7–2. But the Oilers lost Fuhr for games four and five after the Islanders' Pat LaFontaine crashed into Fuhr on the forecheck during game three, and Fuhr was slow to get up. Andy Moog started games four and five. The Oilers won game four by the same score, with Wayne Gretzky scoring his first goal of the Finals (he scored the first and last goal of the game). The Oilers then won game five by the score of 5–2 thanks to Gretzky's two first-period goals, and two Duane Sutter penalties. They became the first former WHA team, and the first team from Edmonton, to win the Stanley Cup.

May 10 Edmonton Oilers 1–0 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
Kevin McClelland (3) - 01:55 Third period No scoring
Grant Fuhr 34 saves / 34 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 37 saves / 38 shots, Roland Melanson 0 saves / 0 shots
May 12 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 New York Islanders Nassau Coliseum Recap  
Randy Gregg (3) - 15:06 First period 00:53 - Bryan Trottier (7)
05:48 - pp - Greg Gilbert (5)
18:31 - Clark Gillies (8)
No scoring Second period 04:52 - Bryan Trottier (8)
16:48 - pp - Clark Gillies (9)
No scoring Third period 17:04 - pp - Clark Gillies (10)
Grant Fuhr 20 saves / 26 shots Goalie stats Billy Smith 22 saves / 23 shots
May 15 New York Islanders 2–7 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum Recap  
Clark Gillies (11) - 01:32 First period 13:49 - Kevin Lowe (3)
Clark Gillies (12) - pp - 02:54 Second period 08:38 - Mark Messier (6)
19:12 - Glenn Anderson (6)
19:29 - Paul Coffey (7)
No scoring Third period 05:32 - Mark Messier (7)
05:52 - Kevin McClelland (4)
09:41 - Dave Semenko (5)
Billy Smith 25 saves / 31 shots, Roland Melanson 8 saves / 9 shots Goalie stats Grant Fuhr 22 saves / 24 shots, Andy Moog 1 save / 1 shot
May 17 New York Islanders 2–7 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum Recap  
Brent Sutter (4) - 14:03 First period 01:53 - Wayne Gretzky (10)
03:22 - Willy Lindstrom (4)
17:54 - Mark Messier (8)
Patrick Flatley (9) - 19:44 Second period 05:21 - pp - Willy Lindstrom (5)
06:58 - Pat Conacher (1)
10:52 - Paul Coffey (8)
No scoring Third period 14:01 - Wayne Gretzky (11)
Billy Smith 31 saves / 38 shots Goalie stats Andy Moog 19 saves / 21 shots
May 19 New York Islanders 2–5 Edmonton Oilers Northlands Coliseum Recap  
No scoring First period 12:08 - Wayne Gretzky (12)
17:26 - Wayne Gretzky (13)
No scoring Second period 00:38 - pp - Ken Linseman (10)
04:59 - pp - Jari Kurri (14)
Pat LaFontaine (2) - 00:13
Pat LaFontaine (3) - 00:35
Third period 19:47 - Dave Lumley (2)
Roland Melanson 12 saves / 14 shots, Billy Smith 7 saves / 9 shots Goalie stats Andy Moog 23 saves / 25 shots
Edmonton won series 4–1

Mark Messier 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 the other three games.

Team rosters[edit]

Edmonton Oilers[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
2 United States Lee Fogolin, Jr. D R 29 1979 Chicago, Illinois
4 Canada Kevin Lowe D L 25 1979 Lachute, Quebec
7 Canada Paul Coffey D L 22 1980 Weston, Ontario
9 Canada Glenn Anderson RW L 23 1979 Vancouver, British Columbia
10 Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Pouzar LW L 32 1982 Cakovec, Czechoslovakia
11 Canada Mark Messier C L 23 1979 St. Albert, Alberta
12 Canada Dave Hunter LW L 26 1979 Petrolia, Ontario
13 Canada Ken Linseman C L 25 1983 Kingston, Ontario
15 Canada Pat Conacher C L 25 1983 Edmonton, Alberta
16 Canada Pat Hughes RW R 29 1981 Calgary, Alberta
17 Finland Jari Kurri RW R 24 1980 Helsinki, Finland
19 Sweden Willy Lindstrom RW L 33 1983 Grums, Sweden
20 Canada Dave Lumley RW R 29 1979 Toronto, Ontario
21 Canada Randy Gregg D L 28 1982 Edmonton, Alberta
22 Canada Charlie Huddy D L 24 1979 Oshawa, Ontario
24 Canada Kevin McClelland C R 21 1983 Oshawa, Ontario
27 Canada Dave Semenko LW L 26 1979 Winnipeg, Manitoba
29 United States Donald Jackson D L 25 1981 Minneapolis, Minnesota
31 Canada Grant Fuhr G R 21 1981 Spruce Grove, Alberta
33 Canada Mike Zanier G L 21 1984 Trail, British Columbia
35 Canada Andy Moog G L 24 1980 Penticton, British Columbia
99 Canada Wayne Gretzky (C) C L 23 1979 Brantford, Ontario

New York Islanders[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Canada Roland Melanson G L 23 1979 Moncton, New Brunswick
2 Canada Gord Dineen D R 21 1981 Quebec City, Quebec
3 Sweden Tomas Jonsson D L 24 1979 Falun, Sweden
4 Canada Paul Boutilier D L 21 1981 Sydney, Nova Scotia
5 Canada Denis Potvin (C) D L 30 1973 Vanier, Ontario
6 United States Ken Morrow D R 27 1976 Davison, Michigan
7 Sweden Stefan Persson D L 29 1974 Bjurholm, Sweden
8 Canada Patrick Flatley RW R 20 1982 Toronto, Ontario
9 Canada Clark Gillies LW L 30 1974 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
11 Canada Wayne Merrick C L 32 1977 Sarnia, Ontario
12 Canada Duane Sutter RW R 24 1979 Viking, Alberta
14 Canada Bob Bourne LW L 29 1974 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
16 United States Pat LaFontaine C R 19 1983 St. Louis, Missouri
17 Canada Greg Gilbert LW L 22 1980 Mississauga, Ontario
19 Canada Bryan Trottier C L 27 1974 Val Marie, Saskatchewan
20 Sweden Mats Hallin LW L 26 1982 Eskilstuna, Sweden
21 Canada Brent Sutter C R 21 1980 Viking, Alberta
22 Canada Mike Bossy RW R 27 1977 Montreal, Quebec
23 Sweden Bob Nystrom RW R 31 1981 Stockholm, Sweden
24 Canada Gord Lane D L 31 1979 Brandon, Manitoba
25 Canada Billy Carroll C L 25 1979 Toronto, Ontario
26 United States Dave Langevin D L 30 1974 Saint Paul, Minnesota
27 Canada John Tonelli LW L 27 1977 Hamilton, Ontario
28 Sweden Anders Kallur RW L 31 1979 Ludvika, Sweden
31 Canada Billy Smith G L 33 1972 Perth, Ontario
91 Canada Butch Goring C L 34 1980 St. Boniface, Manitoba

Stanley Cup engraving[edit]

The 1984 Stanley Cup was presented to Oilers captain Wayne Gretzky by NHL President John Ziegler following the Oilers 5–2 win over the Islanders in game five.

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

1984 Edmonton Oilers



(played left wing during the regular season)


(played Centre during the regular season)


Coaching and administrative staff

Stanley Cup engraving

Each team was required to play 20 players out of a 24-man roster. The Oilers engraved 21 players' names on the Cup, leaving off four players who were dressed in the playoffs. All four players left off the Stanley Cup were awarded a Stanley Cup ring, and are included in the team picture.

  • #33 Mike Zanier was dressed for two games in the final. He qualified to be engraved on the Stanley Cup. Edmonton did not include his name because he had not played in the NHL. The only NHL season for Zanier was three games in 1985 with Oilers.
  • #6 Rick Chartraw played four games for NY Rangers, 24 for Edmonton, and one playoff game, spending half of the regular season playing in the minors. (He is on the Stanley Cup with Montreal 1976-77-78-79.)
  • #28 Larry Melnyk played six playoff games (4 in the Conference Finals), but spent the regular season playing in the minors.
  • #25 Raimo Summanen played two games in the regular season and five playoff games. He spent the rest of the season playing in Europe.
  • Jari Kurri was the first Finnish born-trained player to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Grant Fuhr was the first black player ever to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Jaroslav Pouzar was the first Czechoslovakia born-trained player to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Additionally, the name "Basil Pocklington" was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1984. Basil was the father of Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and was not directly associated with the team. The NHL subsequently marked out Basil's name on the trophy with X's. A new ring for the Cup was created in 1993, with winners from 1979 to 1991, Basil Pocklington's name was not on it. When the Cup returned to the Hockey Hall of Fame the abandoned ring had been damaged and could not be put back on the Stanley Cup. The Hockey Hall of Fame had Basil Pocklington's name put on the newly created Stanley Cup ring, then XXX'd out his name again. His was now listed beside his son Peter Pocklington Ower. On the original rings, he was listed on a line between Peter Pocklington and Glen Sather. Basil's name was not added to the replica Stanley Cup also created in 1993. This main way people can tell the Presentation Stanley Cup and Replica Stanley Cup. See 2004 Stanley Cup Finals for the other way to tell the cups apart.

On the new ring, EDMONTON was misspelt DDMONTON. An "E" was stamped twice over the first "D" to correct the mistake.

See also[edit]


External video
video icon 1984 Islanders vs. Oilers, Stanley Cup Final, Game 5 on YouTube
Inline citations
  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oilers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Edmonton Oilers