|1990–91 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 4, 1990 – May 25, 1991|
|Number of games||80|
|Number of teams||21|
|Top draft pick||Owen Nolan|
|Picked by||Quebec Nordiques|
|Presidents' Trophy||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Season MVP||Brett Hull (Blues)|
|Top scorer||Wayne Gretzky (Kings)|
|Eastern champions||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Eastern runners-up||Boston Bruins|
|Western champions||Minnesota North Stars|
|Western runners-up||Edmonton Oilers|
|Playoffs MVP||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Runners-up||Minnesota North Stars|
The 1990–91 NHL season was the 74th season of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup winners were the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the best of seven series 4–2 against the Minnesota North Stars. This was the last NHL season to end in May.
In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session: for example, in Major League Baseball the season lasts approximately from April to October. In other team sports, like association football or basketball, it is generally from August or September to May although in some countries - such as Northern Europe or East Asia - the season starts in the spring and finishes in autumn, mainly due to weather conditions encountered during the winter.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins are one of two NHL franchises in Pennsylvania, the other being the Philadelphia Flyers. The cities' proximity has led to a rivalry known as the "Battle of Pennsylvania". The club is owned by Mario Lemieux and Ronald Burkle, who purchased the Penguins in 1999 and brought the club out of bankruptcy.
At meetings in Florida in December, the NHL Board of Governors awarded provisional franchises to groups from Ottawa and Tampa. The Ottawa franchise marked a return to one of the original cities of the NHL, while Tampa meant the first franchise in the sunbelt state of Florida. In a later book published by NHL president Gil Stein, Stein revealed that the two groups were the only ones of the applicants who agreed to the $50 million expansion fee without question.The Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning began play in the 1992–93 season.
Gilbert Stein is an American lawyer, law instructor and former professional ice hockey executive. Stein served with the National Hockey League (NHL) as vice-president and legal counsel for nearly 15 years before becoming the fifth and last president of the NHL in 1992. Stein served in that role for a year until shortly after the owners appointed Gary Bettman to the newly created post of commissioner. Stein was initially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993, but withdrew after allegations that he had improperly manipulated his own nomination. Since leaving the NHL, Stein has served as a lawyer and taught sports law.
The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators play their home games at the 17,373-seat Canadian Tire Centre, which opened in 1996 as the Palladium.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. It is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lightning have one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname was used on the former third jerseys. The Lightning plays home games in Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
|New York Rangers||80||36||31||13||297||265||85|
|New Jersey Devils||80||32||33||15||272||264||79|
|New York Islanders||80||25||45||10||223||290||60|
|4||New York Rangers||PTK||80||36||31||13||297||265||85|
|7||New Jersey Devils||PTK||80||32||33||15||272||264||79|
|10||New York Islanders||PTK||80||25||45||10||223||290||60|
Divisions:PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams
bold – Qualified for playoffs
|St. Louis Blues||80||47||22||11||310||250||105|
|Detroit Red Wings||80||34||38||8||273||298||76|
|Minnesota North Stars||80||27||39||14||256||266||68|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||80||23||46||11||241||318||57|
|Los Angeles Kings||80||46||24||10||340||254||102|
|1||p – Chicago Blackhawks||NRS||80||49||23||8||284||211||106|
|2||St. Louis Blues||NRS||80||47||22||11||310||250||105|
|3||Los Angeles Kings||SMY||80||46||24||10||340||254||102|
|6||Detroit Red Wings||NRS||80||34||38||8||273||298||76|
|7||Minnesota North Stars||NRS||80||27||39||14||256||266||68|
|10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NRS||80||23||46||11||241||318||57|
Divisions:NRS – Norris, SMY – Smythe
bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy
The Presidents' Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) to the team that finishes with the most points during the NHL regular season. If two teams tie for the most points, then the Trophy goes to the team with the most wins. The Presidents' Trophy has been awarded 32 times to 16 different teams since its inception during the 1985–86 season.
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|Prince of Wales Conference|
|Clarence Campbell Conference|
The North Stars defeated the Edmonton Oilers to become the first Norris Division team to appear in the Stanley Cup Finals since the 1981 realignment. At the time a record of 92 playoff games were played, and for the first time since the 1973 playoffs, no team was swept in a playoff series.
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The NHL's Norris Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. When the NHL realigned into geographic divisions in 1981, the division moved to the Clarence Campbell Conference, where it comprised the league's Great Lakes and Midwest teams, with the Detroit Red Wings being the only member to remain from the previous season. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. The division was named in honour of James E. Norris, longtime owner of the Red Wings. It is the fore-runner of the NHL's Central Division. Intense rivalries developed between its constituent teams, which through the 1980s were noted for enforcer-heavy squads that had poor performances - qualifying for the playoffs with .500 points percentages, and achieving no Stanley Cup titles or appearances in the finals - but great local popularity.
The 1972–73 NHL season was the 56th season of the National Hockey League. Sixteen teams each played 78 games. Two new teams, the New York Islanders and the Atlanta Flames, made their debuts. The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup by beating the Chicago Black Hawks four games to two in the Stanley Cup Final.
|May 15||Minnesota North Stars||5–4||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|May 17||Minnesota North Stars||1–4||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|May 19||Pittsburgh Penguins||1–3||Minnesota North Stars||Met Center|
|May 21||Pittsburgh Penguins||5–3||Minnesota North Stars||Met Center|
|May 23||Minnesota North Stars||4–6||Pittsburgh Penguins||Civic Arena|
|May 25||Pittsburgh Penguins||8–0||Minnesota North Stars||Met Center|
|Pittsburgh won series 4–2|
|Presidents' Trophy:||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Prince of Wales Trophy:||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl:||Minnesota North Stars|
|Art Ross Trophy:||Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy:||Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings|
|Calder Memorial Trophy:||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Conn Smythe Trophy:||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy:||Dirk Graham, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Hart Memorial Trophy:||Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues|
|Jack Adams Award:||Brian Sutter, St. Louis Blues|
|James Norris Memorial Trophy:||Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy:||Dave Taylor, Los Angeles Kings|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy:||Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings|
|Lester B. Pearson Award:||Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues|
|NHL Plus/Minus Award:||Marty McSorley, Los Angeles Kings & Theo Fleury, Calgary Flames|
|Vezina Trophy:||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|William M. Jennings Trophy:||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks|
|Lester Patrick Trophy:||Rod Gilbert, Mike Ilitch|
|First Team||Position||Second Team|
|Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks||G||Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens|
|Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||D||Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins|
|Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames||D||Paul Coffey, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings||C||Adam Oates, St. Louis Blues|
|Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues||RW||Cam Neely, Boston Bruins|
|Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings||LW||Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes, PPG = Powerplay goals, SHG = Shorthanded goals, GWG = Game winning goals
|Wayne Gretzky||Los Angeles Kings||78||41||122||163||16||+30||8||0||5|
|Brett Hull||St. Louis Blues||78||86||45||131||22||+23||29||0||11|
|Adam Oates||St. Louis Blues||61||25||90||115||29||+15||3||1||3|
|Mark Recchi||Pittsburgh Penguins||78||40||73||113||48||0||12||0||9|
|John Cullen||Pittsburgh Penguins/Hartford Whalers||78||39||71||110||101||-6||14||0||3|
|Joe Sakic||Quebec Nordiques||80||48||61||109||24||-26||12||3||7|
|Steve Yzerman||Detroit Red Wings||80||51||57||108||34||-2||12||6||4|
|Theoren Fleury||Calgary Flames||79||51||53||104||136||+48||9||7||9|
|Al MacInnis||Calgary Flames||78||28||75||103||90||+42||17||0||1|
|Steve Larmer||Chicago Blackhawks||80||44||57||101||79||+37||17||2||9|
GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average
Goals Against Average (GAA) is a statistic used in field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and water polo that is the mean of goals allowed per game by a goaltender/goalkeeper. GAA is analogous to a baseball pitcher's earned run average (ERA). In Japanese, the same translation (防御率) is used for both GAA and ERA, because of this.
|Ed Belfour||Chicago Blackhawks||74||4127||43||19||7||4||2.47|
|Tim Cheveldae||Detroit Red Wings||65||3615||30||26||5||2||3.55|
|Bill Ranford||Edmonton Oilers||60||3415||27||27||3||0||3.2|
|Ron Tugnutt||Quebec Nordiques||56||3144||12||29||10||0||4.05|
|Peter Ing||Toronto Maple Leafs||56||3126||16||29||8||1||3.84|
|Jon Casey||Minnesota North Stars||55||3185||21||20||11||3||2.98|
|Bob Essensa||Winnipeg Jets||55||2916||19||24||6||4||3.15|
|Mike Vernon||Calgary Flames||54||3121||31||19||3||1||3.31|
|Glenn Healy||New York Islanders||53||2999||18||24||9||0||3.32|
|Chris Terreri||New Jersey Devils||53||2970||24||21||7||1||2.91|
John Paul Cunniff was an American NHL hockey coach and former professional player who appeared in 65 World Hockey Association regular season games between 1972 and 1976. Cunniff was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Tom McVie is a former coach in the National Hockey League.
Alger Joseph Arbour was a Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and executive. He is third to Joel Quenneville for games coached in National Hockey League history and fourth all-time in wins, behind Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock. Under Arbour, the New York Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Arbour played amateur hockey as a defenceman with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. He played his first professional games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1953. Claimed by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1958, Arbour would help the team win a championship in 1961. Arbour played with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the next five years, winning another Cup in 1962. He was selected by the St. Louis Blues in their 1967 expansion draft and played his final four seasons with the team.
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1990–91 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1990–91 (listed with their last team):
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