|1992–93 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 6, 1992 – June 9, 1993|
|Number of games||84|
|Number of teams||24|
|Top draft pick||Roman Hamrlik|
|Picked by||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Presidents' Trophy||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Season MVP||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Top scorer||Mario Lemieux (Penguins)|
|Eastern champions||Montreal Canadiens|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Islanders|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Kings|
|Western runners-up||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Playoffs MVP||Patrick Roy (Canadiens)|
|Runners-up||Los Angeles Kings|
The 1992–93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. Each player wore a patch on their jersey throughout the 1992–93 regular season and playoffs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. It proved, at the time, to be the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, as a total of 7,311 goals were scored over 1,008 games for an average of 7.25 per game. As of 2018 [update] , this is the last time that a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup.Twenty of the twenty-four teams scored three goals or more per game, and only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed fewer than three goals per game. Only 68 shutouts were recorded during the regular season. Twenty-one players reached the 100-point plateau and fourteen reached the 50-goal plateau. The Montreal Canadiens won their league-leading 24th Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Kings four games to one.
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 Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It is the oldest existing trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise, and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers it to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport". Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, then-Governor General of Canada, who donated it as an award to Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club, which the entire Stanley family supported, with the sons and daughters playing and promoting the game. The first Cup was awarded in 1893 to Montreal HC, and subsequent winners from 1893 to 1914 were determined by challenge games and league play. Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. In 1915, the two professional ice hockey organizations, the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), reached a gentlemen's agreement in which their respective champions would face each other annually for the Stanley Cup. After a series of league mergers and folds, it was established as the de facto championship trophy of the NHL in 1926 and then the de jure NHL championship prize in 1947.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.
This was the final season of the Wales and Campbell Conferences, and the Adams, Patrick, Norris, and Smythe divisions. Both the conferences and the divisions would be renamed to reflect geography rather than the league's history for the following season. This was also the last year (until the 2013 realignment) in which the playoff structure bracketed and seeded teams by division; they would be bracketed and seeded by conference (as in the NBA) for 1993–94.
The NHL's Adams Division was formed in 1974 as part of the Prince of Wales Conference. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honour of Charles Francis Adams, the founder of the Boston Bruins. It is the forerunner of the NHL's Northeast Division, which later became the Atlantic Division.
The Patrick Division of the National Hockey League (NHL) was formed in 1974 as part of the Clarence Campbell Conference. The division moved to the Prince of Wales Conference in 1981. The division existed for 19 seasons until 1993. It was named in honor of Lester Patrick, player and longtime coach of the New York Rangers, who was a developer of ice hockey. It is the forerunner of the old Atlantic Division, which later became the Metropolitan Division in 2013.
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.
This season saw two new clubs join the league: the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Senators were the second Ottawa-based NHL franchise (see Ottawa Senators (original)) and brought professional hockey back to Canada's capital, while the Tampa Bay franchise (headed by Hockey Hall of Fame brothers Phil and Tony Esposito) strengthened the NHL's presence in the American Sun Belt, which had first started with the birth of the Los Angeles Kings in 1967.
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.
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This was also the final season of play for the Minnesota North Stars, before relocating to Dallas, Texas, the following season.
The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 26 seasons, from 1967 to 1993. The North Stars played their home games at the Met Center in Bloomington, and the team's colors for most of its history were green, yellow, gold and white. The North Stars played 2,062 regular season games and made the NHL playoffs 17 times, including two Stanley Cup Finals appearances. In the fall of 1993, the franchise moved to Dallas, and is now known as the Dallas Stars.
All teams wore a commemorative patch this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.
Gil Stein was appointed NHL President in the summer of 1992, on an interim basis.
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.
On February 1, 1993, Gary Bettman became the first NHL Commissioner. With the expiration of Gil Stein's tenure on July 1, 1993 (note: Bettman's office was created senior to Stein's), the position of President was merged into the position of Commissioner.
On March 28, 1993, through a brokered deal with ESPN, ABC begins the first of a two year deal with the National Hockey League to televise six regional Sunday afternoon broadcasts (including the first three Sundays of the playoffs). This marked the first time that regular season National Hockey League games were broadcast on American network televisionsince 1974–75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner).
Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets shattered the rookie scoring record by scoring 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points this season. He was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year, and his goals and points marks remain the NHL rookie records as of 2018 [update] .
The New York Rangers missed the playoffs. This marked the first time since the President's Trophy had been introduced that the previous season's top team missed the next year's playoffs.
For the first time in his NHL career, Wayne Gretzky did not finish in the top three in scoring. A back injury limited Gretzky to 45 games in which he scored 65 points.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points
|New York Islanders||84||40||37||7||87||335||297|
|New Jersey Devils||84||40||37||7||87||308||299|
|New York Rangers||84||34||39||11||79||304||308|
|Detroit Red Wings||84||47||28||9||103||369||280|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||84||44||29||11||99||288||241|
|St. Louis Blues||84||37||36||11||85||282||278|
|Minnesota North Stars||84||36||38||10||82||272||293|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||84||23||54||7||53||245||332|
|Los Angeles Kings||84||39||35||10||88||338||340|
|San Jose Sharks||84||11||71||2||24||218||414|
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
|Prince of Wales Conference|
|Clarence Campbell Conference|
|June 1||Los Angeles Kings||4–1||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|June 3||Los Angeles Kings||2–3||OT||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|June 5||Montreal Canadiens||4–3||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|June 7||Montreal Canadiens||3–2||OT||Los Angeles Kings||Great Western Forum|
|June 9||Los Angeles Kings||1–4||Montreal Canadiens||Montreal Forum|
|Montreal won series 4–1|
|Stanley Cup||Montreal Canadiens||Los Angeles Kings|
| Presidents' Trophy |
(Best regular-season record)
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Boston Bruins|
| Prince of Wales Trophy |
(Wales Conference champion)
|Montreal Canadiens||New York Islanders|
| Clarence S. Campbell Bowl |
(Campbell Conference champion)
|Los Angeles Kings||Toronto Maple Leafs|
| Art Ross Trophy |
(Player with most points)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)|
| Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy |
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||N/A|
| Calder Memorial Trophy |
(Best first-year player)
|Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg Jets)|| Joe Juneau (Boston Bruins)|
Felix Potvin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Teemu Selanne (Winnipeg Jets)
| Conn Smythe Trophy |
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens)||N/A|
| Frank J. Selke Trophy |
|Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)|| Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Joel Otto (Calgary Flames)
Dave Poulin (Boston Bruins)
| Hart Memorial Trophy |
(Most valuable player, regular season)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)|| Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)
| Jack Adams Award |
|Pat Burns (Toronto Maple Leafs)|| Pat Burns (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Pierre Page (Quebec Nordiques)
Brian Sutter (Boston Bruins)
| James Norris Memorial Trophy |
|Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks)|| Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins)|
Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks)
Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins)
| King Clancy Memorial Trophy |
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
|Dave Poulin (Boston Bruins)||N/A|
| Lady Byng Memorial Trophy |
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
|Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders)|| Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo Sabres)|
Adam Oates (Boston Bruins)
Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders)
| Lester B. Pearson Award |
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||N/A|
| NHL Plus/Minus Award |
(Leadership and community activities)
|Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
| Vezina Trophy |
|Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks)|| Tom Barrasso (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks)
Curtis Joseph (St. Louis Blues)
| William M. Jennings Trophy |
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
| Ed Belfour |
|Grant Fuhr and Felix Potvin (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
| Lester Patrick Trophy |
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
|Frank Boucher, Mervyn "Red" Dutton, Bruce McNall, Gil Stein||N/A|
|Position||First Team||Second Team||Position||All-Rookie|
|G||Ed Belfour, Chicago Blackhawks||Tom Barrasso, Pittsburgh Penguins||G||Felix Potvin, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|D||Chris Chelios, Chicago Blackhawks||Larry Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins||D||Vladimir Malakhov, New York Islanders|
|D||Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins||Al Iafrate, Washington Capitals||D||Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils|
|C||Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins||Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres||F||Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers|
|RW||Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets||Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres||F||Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets|
|LW||Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings||Kevin Stevens, Pittsburgh Penguins||F||Joe Juneau, Boston Bruins|
|Pierre Turgeon||NY Islanders||83||58||74||132|
|Luc Robitaille||Los Angeles||84||63||62||125|
|Curtis Joseph||St. Louis||68||3890||196||1||3.02|
As a part of the 1992 strike settlement, the NHL and Bruce McNall's Multivision Marketing and Public Relations Co. organized 24 regular season games in cities without a franchise as a litmus test for future expansion. Several of the cities chosen—Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami—were eventually the sites of expansion or relocations, and although neither Cleveland nor Cincinnati received NHL franchises, there would be one placed in Columbus, located halfway between the two cities.
Two arenas that hosted neutral-site games had hosted NHL teams before: Atlanta's The Omni (Atlanta Flames) and Cleveland's Richfield Coliseum (Cleveland Barons).
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||OT||City||State/Province||Arena||Attendance|
|October 13, 1992||Calgary||4||Minnesota||3||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||8,783|
|October 20, 1992||Toronto||5||Ottawa||3||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||7,186|
|November 3, 1992||Washington||4||Chicago||1||Indianapolis||IN||Market Square Arena||8,792|
|November 17, 1992||Quebec||3||Toronto||1||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,026*|
|November 18, 1992||New Jersey||3||Buffalo||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||6,972|
|December 1, 1992||Los Angeles||6||Chicago||3||Milwaukee||WI||Bradley Center||16,292|
|December 8, 1992||Montreal||5||Los Angeles||5||(OT)||Phoenix||AZ||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum||12,276|
|December 9, 1992||NY Rangers||6||Tampa Bay||5||Miami||FL||Miami Arena||12,842|
|December 13, 1992||NY Islanders||4||Edmonton||1||Oklahoma City||OK||Myriad Convention Center||11,110|
|December 15, 1992||NY Islanders||4||St. Louis||3||(OT)||Dallas||TX||Reunion Arena||11,251|
|January 4, 1993||Montréal||4||San Jose||1||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||11,814|
|January 18, 1993||Winnipeg||8||Hartford||7||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||7,756|
|February 8, 1993||Pittsburgh||4||Boston||0||Atlanta||GA||The Omni||12,572|
|February 8, 1993||St. Louis||3||Hartford||1||Peoria||IL||Carver Arena||9,013|
|February 16, 1993||Calgary||4||Philadelphia||4||(OT)||Cincinnati||OH||Riverfront Coliseum||7,973|
|February 20, 1993||Quebec||5||Tampa Bay||2||Halifax||NS||Halifax Metro Centre||9,584|
|February 22, 1993||Detroit||5||Philadelphia||5||(OT)||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||13,382|
|February 22, 1993||NY Rangers||4||San Jose||0||Sacramento||CA||ARCO Arena||13,633|
|February 23, 1993||Winnipeg||8||Ottawa||2||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||7,245|
|March 1, 1993||Vancouver||5||Buffalo||2||Hamilton||ON||Copps Coliseum||17,098*|
|March 11, 1993||Minnesota||4||Vancouver||3||Saskatoon||SK||SaskPlace||12,006*|
|March 16, 1993||Washington||4||Detroit||2||Milwaukee||WI||Bradley Center||9,836|
|March 16, 1993||Boston||3||New Jersey||1||Providence||RI||Providence Civic Center||10,864|
|March 21, 1993||Pittsburgh||6||Edmonton||4||Cleveland||OH||Richfield Coliseum||18,782*|
The Hartford-St. Louis game was originally scheduled to be played on December 29, 1992, in Birmingham, Alabama.
* Equalled existing record
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1992–93 (listed with their first team):
The following is a list of players of note who played their last game in the NHL in 1992–93 (listed with their last team):
Four of the five remaining helmetless players in the league played their final games: Carlyle, Marsh, Langway, and Wilson. The only remaining helmetless player was Craig McTavish who retired following the 1996–97 season.
Trading deadline: March 22, 1993.
|Boston Bruins||Brian Sutter|
|Buffalo Sabres||John Muckler|
|Hartford Whalers||Paul Holmgren|
|Montreal Canadiens||Jacques Demers|
|New Jersey Devils||Herb Brooks|
|New York Islanders||Al Arbour|
|New York Rangers||Roger Neilson||Replaced midseason by Ron Smith|
|Ottawa Senators||Rick Bowness|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Bill Dineen|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Scotty Bowman|
|Quebec Nordiques||Pierre Page|
|Washington Capitals||Terry Murray|
|Calgary Flames||Dave King|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Darryl Sutter|
|Detroit Red Wings||Bryan Murray|
|Edmonton Oilers||Ted Green|
|Los Angeles Kings||Barry Melrose|
|Minnesota North Stars||Bob Gainey|
|St. Louis Blues||Bob Plager||Replaced early in the season by Bob Berry|
|San Jose Sharks||George Kingston|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Terry Crisp|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Pat Burns|
|Vancouver Canucks||Pat Quinn|
|Winnipeg Jets||John Paddock|
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