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, the Montreal Canadiens one).

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.

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.

Stanley Cup Champions Edmonton Oilers 1984[edit]



(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.

  • ^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 five 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. 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 misspelt DDMONTON. An "E" was stamped twice over the first "D" to correct the mistake.

See also[edit]


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