1986 Stanley Cup Finals

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1986 Stanley Cup Finals
1986 Stanley Cup Flag.JPG
12345 Total
Montreal Canadiens 23*514 4
Calgary Flames 52*303 1
* overtime periods
Location(s)Calgary: Olympic Saddledome (1, 2, 5)
Montreal: Forum (3, 4)
CoachesMontreal: Jean Perron
Calgary: Bob Johnson
CaptainsMontreal: Bob Gainey
Calgary: Lanny McDonald, Jim Peplinski, Doug Risebrough
DatesMay 16 – May 24
MVPPatrick Roy (Canadiens)
Series-winning goalBobby Smith (10:30, third, G5)
NetworksCTV (Canada-English games 1 and 2)
CBC (Canada-English games 3–5)
SRC (Canada-French)
ESPN (United States)
AnnouncersDan Kelly and Ron Reusch (CTV)
Bob Cole (in Montréal), Don Wittman (in Calgary), John Davidson and Dick Irvin, Jr. (games 3–5) (CBC)
Richard Garneau, Gilles Tremblay and Mario Tremblay (SRC)
Sam Rosen (games 1–2), Ken Wilson (games 3–5), Mickey Redmond (in Calgary), Bill Clement (in Montréal) (ESPN)

The 1986 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1985–86 season, and the culmination of the 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between 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 23rd Stanley Cup, and their 17th in their last 18 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.

Montreal won 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 only made 1 trade Kent Carlson (played 2 games for Montreal) to St. Louis for Graham Herring (never played in the NHL), and 5th round pic January 31, 1986. All other team's lineup changes 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]


In Canada, this was the second and final year that the English-language rights of the Cup Finals was shared between CBC and CTV. For games one and two, CBC only had the rights to air them locally in Montreal and Calgary, while CTV broadcast it to the rest of the country. CBC would then have the exclusive rights to televise games three, four and five nationally. Had the series gone to a seventh game, then both CBC and CTV would have simultaneously televised it while using their own production facilities and crews. After the season, CTV pulled the plug on their two-year-long venture with the NHL, and their rights package would eventually be given to the Global-Canwest consortium.

In the United States, this was the first of three consecutive seasons that ESPN televised the Cup Finals.

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.
Preceded by
Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Edmonton Oilers