1984 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1984 Stanley Cup Final was held between the Edmonton Oilers and the then-defending champion New York Islanders. The Islanders had swept the Oilers in four straight games to win the '83 Cup. In 1984, the Islanders were seeking their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup championship, but the upstart Oilers would win 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 WHA team to win the Cup, and also the first team based west of Chicago to win the Stanley Cup since the WCHL's Victoria Cougars became the last non-NHL team to win the trophy in 1925. It was also the fifth straight Final of post-1967 expansion teams and a rematch of the 1983 final - a Stanley Cup final series rematch would not happen again until the 2009 Finals. As of 2013[update], the Islanders' four consecutive Cup wins from 1980 to 1983 and their appearance in the 1984 Cup Final, is an NHL record of 19 consecutive playoff series wins that currently stands unbroken. This would be the third of nine consecutive Finals contested by a team from Western Canada, beginning with the Vancouver Canucks Cinderella march of 1982 and the second of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (Oilers x 6, Calgary Flames x 2), and the first of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (Oilers x 4, Montreal Canadiens x 1).
Paths to the Final
NOTE: The 1984 Stanley Cup Finals were played in a 2-3-2 format, which the NBA Finals and World Series 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), 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. That changed the momentum in favor of the Oilers, and they proceeded to beat the Islanders 7-2. They 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.
|Thu, May 10||Edmonton||1||New York||0|
|Sat, May 12||Edmonton||1||New York||6|
|Tue, May 15||New York||2||Edmonton||7|
|Thu, May 17||New York||2||Edmonton||7|
|Sat, May 19||New York||2||Edmonton||5|
Edmonton wins the series 4–1.
Stanley Cup Champions Edmonton Oilers 1984
(played Left wing during the regular season)
- 9 Glenn Anderson
- 10 Jaroslav Pouzar
- 12 Dave Hunter
- 16 Pat Hughes
- 17 Jari Kurri
- 19 Willy Lindstrom
- 20 Dave Lumley
- 27 Dave Semenko
- 15 Pat Conacher
(played Centre during the regular season)
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Peter Pocklington (Owner)
- Glen Sather (President/General Manager/Head Coach)
- Bruce MacGregor (Asst General Manager)
- John Muckler (Asst. Coach), Ted Green (Asst. Coach)
- Barry Fraser (Director of Player Personnel/Chief Scout)
- Peter Millar (Athletic Therapist), Barrie Stafford (Trainer)
- Lyle Kulchisky (Asst Trainer)
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 4 players who were dressed in the playoffs.
- ^Mike Zanier was dressed for 2 games in the finals. He qualified to be engraved on the Stanley Cup. Edmonton did not include his name, because he had not played in the NHL. Only NHL season for Zanier was 5 games in 1985 with Oilers.
- #6 Rick Chartraw played 4 games for NY Rangers, 24 for Edmonton, and 1 playoff game, spending 1/2 season playing in the minors.
- #28 Larry Melnyk played 6 playoff games, and spent regular season playing in the minors.
- #25 Raimo Summanen played 2 games in regular season and 5 playoff games. He spent the rest of the season playing in Europe.
(All 4 players left off the Stanley Cup were awarded a Stanley Cup ring, and included on the team picture.)
- 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. When 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. Basil's name was not added to the replica Stanley Cup also created in 1993.
On the new ring, EDMONTON was misspelled DDMONTON. An "E" was stamped twice over the first "D" to correct the mistake.
- 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
New York Islanders
Stanley Cup Champions