1994–95 Hartford Whalers season

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1994–95 Hartford Whalers
Division5th Northeast
Conference10th Eastern
1994–95 record19–24–5
Home record12–10–2
Road record7–14–3
Goals for127
Goals against141
Team information
General ManagerJim Rutherford
CoachPaul Holmgren
CaptainPat Verbeek (Oct-Mar)
Vacant (Mar-Apr)
Team leaders
GoalsGeoff Sanderson (18)
AssistsAndrew Cassels (30)
PointsAndrew Cassels (37)
Penalties in minutesKelly Chase (141)
Plus/minusBrad McCrimmon (+7)
Andrei Nikolishin (+7)
WinsSean Burke (17)
Goals against averageSean Burke (2.68)

The 1994–95 Hartford Whalers season was the 23rd season of the franchise, 16th season in the NHL. Despite trading away star forward Pat Verbeek to the New York Rangers on March 23, 1995, the Whalers played solid over the next 16 games from March 25 to April 24, with a record of 8-7-1. However, the Whalers could not keep pace with the New York Rangers who went on to take 8th place in the Eastern Conference. It was the third consecutive season that the Whalers missed the playoffs. On a positive note, the Whalers had the most overtime wins and the best overtime record in the NHL, going 4-0-5. Darren Turcotte led all NHL skaters in overtime goals scored with 2.[1]

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season[edit]

The Whalers tied the Dallas Stars and the Toronto Maple Leafs for the lowest shooting percentage during the Regular season, with just 127 goals on 1,428 shots (8.9%)[2]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Quebec Nordiques 48 30 13 5 185 134 65
2 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 48 29 16 3 181 158 61
3 4 Boston Bruins 48 27 18 3 150 127 57
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 48 22 19 7 130 119 51
5 10 Hartford Whalers 48 19 24 5 127 141 43
6 11 Montreal Canadiens 48 18 23 7 125 148 43
7 14 Ottawa Senators 48 9 34 5 117 174 23

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Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T January 21, 1995 1–1 OT Washington Capitals (1994–95) 0–0–1
2 T January 22, 1995 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 0–0–2
3 W January 25, 1995 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 1–0–2
4 L January 26, 1995 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 1–1–2
5 L January 28, 1995 1–2 Florida Panthers (1994–95) 1–2–2
6 W February 1, 1995 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 2–2–2
7 L February 4, 1995 4–5 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 2–3–2
8 L February 5, 1995 1–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 2–4–2
9 L February 8, 1995 2–3 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 2–5–2
10 L February 10, 1995 3–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 2–6–2
11 L February 11, 1995 3–4 @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 2–7–2
12 T February 13, 1995 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 2–7–3
13 W February 15, 1995 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 3–7–3
14 L February 16, 1995 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 3–8–3
15 W February 18, 1995 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 4–8–3
16 W February 22, 1995 3–2 OT Boston Bruins (1994–95) 5–8–3
17 W February 24, 1995 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 6–8–3
18 L February 25, 1995 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 6–9–3
19 W February 28, 1995 6–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 7–9–3
20 L March 1, 1995 2–5 New York Rangers (1994–95) 7–10–3
21 W March 4, 1995 3–2 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 8–10–3
22 L March 5, 1995 2–5 Boston Bruins (1994–95) 8–11–3
23 L March 7, 1995 1–3 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 8–12–3
24 W March 9, 1995 2–1 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 9–12–3
25 L March 12, 1995 1–4 Florida Panthers (1994–95) 9–13–3
26 W March 14, 1995 6–4 New York Islanders (1994–95) 10–13–3
27 T March 16, 1995 2–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 10–13–4
28 L March 20, 1995 0–5 Washington Capitals (1994–95) 10–14–4
29 W March 22, 1995 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 11–14–4
30 W March 25, 1995 5–1 New York Islanders (1994–95) 12–14–4
31 W March 26, 1995 4–3 OT @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 13–14–4
32 T March 29, 1995 4–4 OT @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 13–14–5
33 L March 31, 1995 0–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 13–15–5
34 L April 4, 1995 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 13–16–5
35 W April 5, 1995 8–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 14–16–5
36 W April 8, 1995 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 15–16–5
37 L April 9, 1995 0–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 15–17–5
38 W April 12, 1995 4–2 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 16–17–5
39 W April 14, 1995 4–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 17–17–5
40 L April 16, 1995 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 17–18–5
41 W April 18, 1995 2–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 18–18–5
42 L April 20, 1995 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 18–19–5
43 L April 21, 1995 3–6 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 18–20–5
44 L April 23, 1995 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 18–21–5
45 W April 24, 1995 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 19–21–5
46 L April 26, 1995 0–1 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 19–22–5
47 L April 28, 1995 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 19–23–5
48 L May 3, 1995 1–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 19–24–5

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Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Andrew Cassels C 46 7 30 37 18 -3 1 0 1
Darren Turcotte C 47 17 18 35 22 1 3 1 3
Geoff Sanderson LW 46 18 14 32 24 -10 4 0 4
Steven Rice RW 40 11 10 21 61 2 4 0 1
Paul Ranheim LW 47 6 14 20 10 -3 0 0 1
Frantisek Kucera D 48 3 17 20 30 3 0 0 1
Jimmy Carson C 38 9 10 19 29 5 4 0 3
Robert Kron LW 37 10 8 18 10 -3 3 1 1
Andrei Nikolishin C 39 8 10 18 10 7 1 1 0
Adam Burt D 46 7 11 18 65 0 3 0 1
Pat Verbeek RW 29 7 11 18 53 0 3 0 0
Glen Wesley D 48 2 14 16 50 -6 1 0 1
Chris Pronger D 43 5 9 14 54 -12 3 0 1
Jocelyn Lemieux RW 41 6 5 11 32 -7 0 0 1
Ted Drury C 34 3 6 9 21 -3 0 0 0
Mark Janssens C 46 2 5 7 93 -8 0 0 0
Brian Glynn D 43 1 6 7 32 -2 0 0 0
Kevin Smyth LW 16 1 5 6 13 -3 0 0 0
Igor Chibirev C 8 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 0
Kelly Chase RW 28 0 4 4 141 1 0 0 0
Jim Storm LW 6 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0
Glen Featherstone D 13 1 1 2 32 -7 0 0 0
Scott Daniels LW 12 0 2 2 55 1 0 0 0
Sean Burke G 42 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0
Marek Malik D 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brad McCrimmon D 33 0 1 1 42 7 0 0 0
Alexander Godynyuk D 14 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0
Robert Petrovicky C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Reese G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Sandlak RW 13 0 0 0 0 -10 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Sean Burke 2418 42 17 19 4 108 2.68 0 1233 1125 .912
Jeff Reese 477 11 2 5 1 26 3.27 0 234 208 .889
Team: 2895 48 19 24 5 134 2.78 0 1467 1333 .909

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals;
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Whalers were involved in the following transactions during the 1994–95 season.

Trades[edit]

March 23, 1995 To Hartford Whalers
D Glen Featherstone, D Michael Stewart and a first-round pick in the 1995 Entry Draft (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) and a fourth-round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft (Steve Wasylko)
To New York Rangers
Pat Verbeek[6]

Free agents acquired/lost[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Hartford's picks at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 5 Jeff O'Neill Center  Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
4 83 Hnat Domenichelli Left Wing  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
5 109 Ryan Risidore Defense  Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
8 187 Tom Buckley Center  United States St. Joseph's High School (USHS-NY)
9 213 Ashlin Halfnight Defense  Canada Harvard University (ECAC)
9 230 Matt Ball Right Wing  Canada Detroit Junior Red Wings (OHL)
10 239 Brian Regan Goaltender  United States Westminster School (USHS-CT)
11 265 Steve Nimigon Left Wing  Canada Niagara Falls Thunder (OHL)
S 5 Steve Martins Center  Canada Harvard University (ECAC)

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Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

ECHL[edit]

Roster[edit]

1994-95 Hartford Whalers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/HAR/1995_games.html
  2. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/HAR/1995.html
  3. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
  4. ^ "1994–95 Hartford Whalers Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  5. ^ "1994-95 Hartford Whalers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  6. ^ NHL.com - 2008 Trade Deadline
  7. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1994e.html