1988–89 Hartford Whalers season

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1988–89 Hartford Whalers
Division 4th Adams
Conference 8th Wales
1988–89 record 37-38-5
Goals for 299
Goals against 290
Team information
General Manager Emile Francis
Coach Larry Pleau
Captain Ron Francis
Arena Hartford Civic Center
Team leaders
Goals Kevin Dineen (45)
Assists Ron Francis (48)
Points Kevin Dineen (89)
Penalties in minutes Ulf Samuelsson (181)
Plus/minus Ulf Samuelsson (+23)
Wins Peter Sidorkiewicz (22)
Goals against average Peter Sidorkiewicz (3.03)

The 1988–89 Hartford Whalers season saw the team finish in fourth place in the Adams Division with a record of 37 wins, 38 losses, and 5 ties for 79 points. They were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in four straight games in the Division Semi-finals.

Regular season[edit]

The Whalers finished the regular season with the fewest short-handed goals scored (3) and the most short-handed goals allowed (18).[1]

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 53 18 9 315 218 115
Boston Bruins 80 37 29 14 289 256 88
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 35 7 291 299 83
Hartford Whalers 80 37 38 5 299 290 79
Quebec Nordiques 80 27 46 7 269 342 61

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 6, 1988 2–5 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 0–1–0
2 L October 8, 1988 2–6 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 0–2–0
3 L October 9, 1988 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 0–3–0
4 W October 12, 1988 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 1–3–0
5 W October 15, 1988 7–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 2–3–0
6 L October 19, 1988 4–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 2–4–0
7 W October 22, 1988 8–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 3–4–0
8 W October 26, 1988 7–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 4–4–0
9 L October 28, 1988 3–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 4–5–0
10 W October 29, 1988 3–0 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 5–5–0
11 L November 1, 1988 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 5–6–0
12 W November 3, 1988 5–3 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 6–6–0
13 L November 5, 1988 2–3 OT Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 6–7–0
14 L November 7, 1988 3–6 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 6–8–0
15 T November 9, 1988 1–1 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 6–8–1
16 L November 10, 1988 2–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 6–9–1
17 W November 12, 1988 3–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 7–9–1
18 L November 16, 1988 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 7–10–1
19 L November 18, 1988 2–3 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 7–11–1
20 L November 19, 1988 2–5 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 7–12–1
21 W November 23, 1988 4–3 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 8–12–1
22 W November 26, 1988 4–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 9–12–1
23 L November 30, 1988 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 9–13–1
24 W December 2, 1988 6–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 10–13–1
25 L December 3, 1988 2–4 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 10–14–1
26 W December 6, 1988 9–0 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 11–14–1
27 W December 8, 1988 5–4 New York Rangers (1988–89) 12–14–1
28 W December 10, 1988 4–1 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 13–14–1
29 L December 14, 1988 3–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 13–15–1
30 T December 15, 1988 3–3 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 13–15–2
31 L December 17, 1988 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 13–16–2
32 L December 19, 1988 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 13–17–2
33 L December 21, 1988 3–4 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 13–18–2
34 L December 23, 1988 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 13–19–2
35 L December 26, 1988 3–4 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 13–20–2
36 T December 28, 1988 4–4 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 13–20–3
37 W December 30, 1988 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 14–20–3
38 W December 31, 1988 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 15–20–3
39 L January 2, 1989 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 15–21–3
40 W January 4, 1989 5–4 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 16–21–3
41 W January 10, 1989 2–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 17–21–3
42 L January 14, 1989 6–9 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 17–22–3
43 L January 16, 1989 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 17–23–3
44 L January 18, 1989 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 17–24–3
45 W January 19, 1989 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 18–24–3
46 W January 21, 1989 5–4 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 19–24–3
47 W January 23, 1989 5–0 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 20–24–3
48 T January 25, 1989 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 20–24–4
49 W January 27, 1989 8–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 21–24–4
50 L January 28, 1989 2–3 OT Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 21–25–4
51 L January 31, 1989 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 21–26–4
52 L February 3, 1989 0–1 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 21–27–4
53 L February 4, 1989 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 21–28–4
54 W February 9, 1989 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 22–28–4
55 W February 11, 1989 7–3 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 23–28–4
56 W February 15, 1989 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 24–28–4
57 W February 18, 1989 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 25–28–4
58 L February 19, 1989 6–7 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 25–29–4
59 L February 21, 1989 4–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 25–30–4
60 W February 23, 1989 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 26–30–4
61 L February 25, 1989 1–9 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 26–31–4
62 W February 26, 1989 8–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 27–31–4
63 W February 28, 1989 3–1 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 28–31–4
64 W March 2, 1989 2–1 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 29–31–4
65 L March 4, 1989 1–6 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 29–32–4
66 W March 5, 1989 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 30–32–4
67 W March 8, 1989 7–3 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 31–32–4
68 L March 11, 1989 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 31–33–4
69 T March 12, 1989 3–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 31–33–5
70 W March 14, 1989 8–2 New York Islanders (1988–89) 32–33–5
71 L March 16, 1989 1–6 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 32–34–5
72 L March 18, 1989 2–8 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 32–35–5
73 W March 19, 1989 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 33–35–5
74 W March 22, 1989 4–2 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 34–35–5
75 L March 23, 1989 3–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 34–36–5
76 W March 25, 1989 4–0 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 35–36–5
77 L March 28, 1989 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 35–37–5
78 W March 30, 1989 9–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 36–37–5
79 W April 1, 1989 6–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 37–37–5
80 L April 2, 1989 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 37–38–5

Playoffs[edit]

Division semi-finals[edit]

Hartford Whalers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Hartford Whalers 2 Montreal Canadiens 6
April 6 Hartford Whalers 2 Montreal Canadiens 3
April 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 Hartford Whalers 4 (OT)
April 9 Montreal Canadiens 4 Hartford Whalers 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 0

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Kevin Dineen 79 45 44 89 167
Ron Francis 69 29 48 77 36
Ray Ferraro 80 41 35 76 86
Scott Young 76 19 40 59 27
Paul MacDermid 74 17 27 44 141
Dave Tippett 80 17 24 41 45
John Anderson 62 16 24 40 28
Jody Hull 60 16 18 34 10
Sylvain Turgeon 42 16 14 30 40
Dean Evason 67 11 17 28 60
Brian Lawton 35 10 16 26 28
Carey Wilson 34 11 11 22 14
Brent Peterson 66 4 13 17 61
Don Maloney 21 3 11 14 23
Tom Martin 38 7 6 13 113
Torrie Robertson 27 2 4 6 84
Ed Kastelic 10 0 2 2 15
Mark Reeds 7 0 2 2 6
Dallas Gaume 4 1 1 2 0
Terry Yake 2 0 0 0 0
Jim Thomson 5 0 0 0 14

Defensemen[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Dave Babych 70 6 41 47 54
Ulf Samuelsson 71 9 26 35 181
Norm Maciver 37 1 22 23 24
Sylvain Côté 78 8 9 17 49
Grant Jennings 55 3 10 13 159
Joel Quenneville 69 4 7 11 32
Randy Ladouceur 75 2 5 7 95
Brad Shaw 3 1 0 1 0
Scot Kleinendorst 24 0 1 1 36
Al Tuer 4 0 0 0 23
Adam Burt 5 0 0 0 6
Jim Pavese 5 0 0 0 5

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Peter Sidorkiewicz 44 22 18 4 4 3.03
Mike Liut 35 13 19 1 1 4.25
Kay Whitmore 3 2 1 0 0 3.33

[3]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1988-89 Hartford Whalers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Draft picks[edit]

Hartford's selections at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft:

Pick # Player Position Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
11 Chris Govedaris Left Wing  Canada Hartford Whalers Toronto Marlboros (OHL)
32 Barry Richter Defence  United States Hartford Whalers Culver Military Academy (USHS-IN)
74 Dean Dyer Centre  Canada Hartford Whalers Lake Superior State University (NCAA)
95 Scott Morrow Left Wing  United States Hartford Whalers Northwood School (USHS-NY)
137 Kerry Russell C  Canada Hartford Whalers Michigan State University (NCAA)
158 Jim Burke D  United States Hartford Whalers University of Maine (NCAA)
179 Mark Hirth C  United States Hartford Whalers Michigan State University (NCAA)
200 Wayde Bucsis LW  Canada Hartford Whalers Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
221 Rob White D  Canada Hartford Whalers St. Lawrence University (NCAA)
242 Dan Slatalla C  United States Hartford Whalers Deerfield Academy (USHS-MA)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1989.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ 1988-89 Hartford Whalers at Hockey Reference