1986 Stanley Cup Finals

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1986 Stanley Cup Finals
1986 Stanley Cup Flag.JPG
1 2 3 4 5 Total
Montreal Canadiens 2 3 5 1 4 4
Calgary Flames 5 2 3 0 3 1
* overtime periods
Location(s) Calgary, AB (Olympic Saddledome) (1,2,5)
Montreal, QC (Montreal Forum) (3,4)
Coaches Montreal: Jean Perron
Calgary: Bob Johnson
Captains Montreal: Bob Gainey
Calgary: Lanny McDonald,
Jim Peplinski and
Doug Risebrough
Dates May 16 – May 24
MVP Patrick Roy (Canadiens)
Series-winning goal Bobby Smith (10:30, third)
Networks CTV (Canada-English games 1 and 2)
CBC (Canada-English games 3,4, and 5)
SRC (Canada-French)
ESPN (United States)
Announcers Dan Kelly and Ron Reusch (CTV)
Bob Cole (games three and four), Don Wittman (game five), Dick Irvin, Jr. (games 3-5), Mickey Redmond (games 3-4), John Davidson (game five) (CBC)
Richard Garneau, Gilles Tremblay and Mario Tremblay (SRC)
Sam Rosen (games one and two), Ken Wilson (games 3-5), Mickey Redmond (games one, two and five), Bill Clement (games three and four) (ESPN)

The 1986 Stanley Cup Finals NHL championship series was contested by the Calgary Flames in their first Final appearance and the Montreal Canadiens in their 32nd. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series four games to one, to win their twenty-third Stanley Cup, and their seventeenth in their last eighteen Finals appearances dating back to 1956.

It was the first all-Canadian finals since Montreal lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967, the last year of the Original Six era. This would be the fourth of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta (the Edmonton Oilers appeared in six, the Flames in two), and the third of five consecutive Finals to end with the Cup presentation on Alberta ice (the Oilers won four, the Canadiens one). This was the only time between 1980 and 1988 that neither the Oilers nor the New York Islanders won the Stanley Cup.

Although this was the first ever postseason meeting between the two teams, it was not the first Montreal-Calgary Final. The first Final between teams from Montreal and Calgary took place in 1924 when the Canadiens defeated the Western Canada Hockey League champion Calgary Tigers. The Canadiens and Flames would get a rematch in 1989, with Calgary winning in six games.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Calgary defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3–0, the defending champion and in-province rival Edmonton Oilers 4–3, and the St. Louis Blues 4–3 to advance to the final.

Montreal defeated rival Boston Bruins 3–0, the Hartford Whalers 4–3, and the New York Rangers 4–1 to make it to the final.

Game summaries[edit]

Brian Skrudland's game-winning goal in game two ended the shortest overtime in NHL playoff history, at a mere nine seconds. Montreal rookie goaltender Patrick Roy was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Visitors Score Home Score Notes
Fri, May 16 Montreal 2 Calgary 5
Sun, May 18 Montreal 3 Calgary 2 OT
Tue, May 20 Calgary 3 Montreal 5
Thu, May 22 Calgary 0 Montreal 1
Sat, May 24 Montreal 4 Calgary 3

Montreal wins the series 4–1.

Montreal Canadiens – 1986 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



* won the Calder Cup as American Hockey League (AHL) Championship in 1985 with Sherbrooke Canadiens.

Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Tom Kurvers missed the end of the regular season, and all of the playoffs injured. His name was included on the Stanley Cup because he played 62 regular-seasons games for Montreal.
  • Mario Tremblay played only 56 regular season games. He missed the rest of the season and all the playoffs due to injury. Tremblay still played enough games to qualify for his name to be on the Stanley Cup.
  • Four names were not engraved on the Stanley Cup but included in the team picture. #37 Steve Penney was dressed for 30 games, played 18. #36 Sergio Momesso played 24 regular season games. Both players missed the rest of season injured. They were not given injury exemption and included on the Stanley Cup. Also won Calder Cup in 1985.
  • #22 Randy Bucyk* played 17 regular-season games and two playoff games, and did not play in the Final. He did not qualify to appear on the Stanley Cup.
  • †Morgan McCammon was included on the Cup with Montreal in 1979 as a Director. It is a tradition that Chairman of the Board name is engraved on the Stanley Cup, but Montreal did not submit McCammon's for engravement on the Stanley Cup. but gave him a second Stanley Cup ring.
  • Sr. Vice President of Operations Gerry Gundman was also left off the Stanley Cup.
  • Starting in 1985–86 season, each NHL team was required to list two alternate captains (along with the team captain) for each game. Some teams may have more than two alternates, but only two can be marked with an 'A' per game.
  • The Montreal Canadiens played 11 rookies on their squad: Mike McPhee, Stéphane Richer, Brian Skrudland, Mike Lalor, Patrick Roy, Steve Rooney, John Kordic, Claude Lemieux, David Maley, Sergio Momesso, and Randy Bucyk. In addition, the Canadiens in 1986 were the last team to win the Stanley Cup without making at least one trade during the regular season. The only changes in the team's lineup were through their minor league team AHL Sherbrooke Canadiens.
  • Jean Perron was the 12th NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup. Perron was also the last rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup, who coached the winning team for the whole season. (See 2009 Stanley Cup Finals for the last rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup.)


Some 5,000 jubilant Montreal fans celebrating the Canadiens' Stanley Cup win over the Calgary Flames rampaged through the city's downtown, causing over CA$one million worth of damage.[1]


CBC only televised games one and two. CBC would go on to televise games three, four and five nationally. When CTV televised games one and two, both games were blacked out in Montreal and Calgary. Had the series gone to a seventh game, then both CBC and CTV would have televised it while using their own production facilities and crews. Like in the year prior, Dan Kelly and Ron Reusch called the games for CTV.

See also[edit]


  • 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. 
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Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
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